Avoid 2012 eRx Penalties by November 1

For those who did not submit sufficient numbers of G-codes in the first half of 2011, but have participated in Meaningful Use (registered for the program in 2011), submission of an exemption request must be done by November 1, 2011.

Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, so create a thoughtful argument. There is no appeal process – the decision by CMS is final.

In order to submit a request for eRx Initiative exemption (and therefore avoid penalties in 2012), follow the following steps:

1. Go to the PQRS site: www.qualitynet.org/portal/server.pt/community/pqri_home/212
2. In the “Related Links” box (upper left), open the “Communications Support page.” This will open an online form
3. Fill out the form fields, including all the identifying information requested
4. Check the “eRx Payment Adjustment Feedback Report”
5. Check the first option, and indicate your EHR Incentive Program Registration ID#, and the 15-digit ONC Certification number of the product you are using (for Practice Fusion, it’s 30000004H0RCEA0). If the slideshow below shows a different number, please use this number and not the one in the presentation.
6. Add a descriptive justification in the text box. We suggest something like “I am an active e-prescriber using Certified EHR technology, and will demonstrate this through the EHR Incentive Program eRx criterion”
7. Attest to the accuracy of the information and submit

The following is a step-by-step illustration of the process.

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  • Peter Cormack

    First of all, thank you so much for posting this! We’ve been registered for the incentive for a few months now, but this is the first I’ve heard about any sort of penalties associated with this first year of accreditation. :/

    How many of these “G-codes” were we supposed to have submitted during the first half of 2011? Why does what we did during the first half of the year affect us even though it’s not a part of our 90-day attestation period?

  • Anonymous

    Hi Peter- This is actually a different incentive program specifically for eRx. It was developed before the EHR Incentive Program. If you didn’t submit 10 g-codes before 6/30/2011 and you are participating in the EHR Incentive Program, then you still have time to attest to CMS to this end and avoid 2012 penalties. Be sure to watch the slideshare presentation as it explains everything that you need to do to avoid the penalties.

  • Michael Birnbaum, MD

    Thanks for your great blog
    I have been trying to register for the e-Rx exemption but cannot find my EHR registration number.
    Trying to navigate the CMS website is a nightmare. Calling them is just as bad.
     Do you know how I can find this?