Opening the online e-prescription learning center to all the physicians the American Medical Association unveiled its enhancement. The learning center, first launched April 1, offers a one-stop shop for physicians seeking information on e-prescribing and advice on how to get started.
The enhancements were recently done to offer additional features consisting of a system-finder tool that selects three systems for a user based on responses to a brief questionnaire and a calculator to help physicians determine how much they can earn in Medicare e-prescribing incentives (www.ama-assn.org/go/eprescribing). AMA conducted a online survey recently and found that e-prescribing use in physician practices has grown to 30% from 13% last year. One reason is that in January, Medicare started providing incentives to doctors who e-prescribe. Those incentives will turn to penalties in 2012. The AMA survey also found that 43% of physicians find the incentive program confusing. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rolled out a resource site last year to give physicians information on how to receive the bonus payments (www.cms.hhs.gov/erxincentive/). SureScripts, an electronic network founded by the pharmacy industry that connects pharmacies and physicians, also started a similar learning center earlier this year (www.surescripts.com/)