Groups issue e-prescribing guide for physicians

The eHealth Initiative and other groups today issued a guide to help office-based physicians transition from paper to electronic prescribing systems. The guide provides an overview of e-prescribing and the steps involved in planning, selecting and implementing an e-prescribing system. The guide is designed physician practices new to e-prescribing and who want an overview of what it is and for physician practices that are ready to move forward with implementing e-prescribing, and already have a good grasp of the fundamentals.

The guide was produced in partnership with the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, Medical Group Management Association and Center for Improving Medication Management. Under provisions in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008, physicians and other eligible professionals who meet federal requirements as an electronic subscriber between 2009 and 2013 will receive incentive payments from Medicare.

(SOURCE: AHA News Now , http://ahanews.com , October 7, 2008; eHealth Initiative, http://ehealthinitiative.org , accessed October 12, 2008)