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AMA Applauds CMS for Proposed Modification of e-Prescribing Penalty Policy

For immediate release:
May 26, 2011

Statement attributable to:
Cecil B. Wilson, MD
AMA President

“The American Medical Association (AMA) applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for announcing today that they plan to modify the e-prescribing penalty policy. Eliminating unreasonable penalties and burdensome requirements, and providing physicians with more flexibility through an exemption process, will help ensure more physicians are able to successfully participate in the e-prescribing incentive program. The AMA has continually stressed to CMS that these changes were essential and is pleased to see them become a reality in a rule that will be finalized later this summer. Preventing physicians who largely prescribe controlled substances only from being hit with a cut is another key change proposed today that the AMA strongly supports.

“Today’s announcement by CMS reflects its understanding that physicians who are working to adopt e-prescribing and other health IT should not be unfairly penalized for practice patterns that do not fit neatly within the current, limited exemption process.

“The AMA is committed to successful health IT adoption that streamlines the clinical and business functions of a physician office and helps physicians provide the highest quality care to patients. We look forward to reviewing the CMS proposed rule in-depth once it is published.”

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Media contact:

Lisa Lecas
American Medical Association

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