January 29, 2010

Tom Sullivan, M.D.

New York Doctors Have Hit the E-Prescribing Incentive Jackpot!

NY State Medicaid has “seen the light and joined the fight!”


The New York State Department of Health has recently announced that NY State Medicaid will pay both ambulatory and inpatient physicians and eligible prescribers for using an e-prescribing system!

Effective January 1, 2010, state providers are eligible to receive $0.80 for each electronic prescription that is filled by a pharmacy, and an additional $0.80 for up to 5 refills of the same script. These incentives are also providing state pharmacies with $0.20 per prescription that was sent to them via an e-prescribing system.

The icing on the cake is that these new incentives can be added to CMS’ current 2% Medicare bonuses for e-prescribing (MIPPA). The combination of the Medicare and Medicaid incentives for NY providers can add up to thousands of dollars, essentially paying for the entire system and more! Let’s hope many other states will follow their lead.

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About Tom Sullivan, M.D.

Thomas E. Sullivan, M.D is a board-certified specialist in cardiology and internal medicine with over 40 years of clinical practice. He currently works for DrFirst and sees patients part-time in Massachusetts. His expertise in the application of information technology to health care has helped to create an international standard (ASTM) for the exchange of medical record information called the Continuity of Care Record (CCR). With AMA, he was founding chair of their e-Medicine Advisory Committee, worked with the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, represented the AMA and helped create the Physician EHR Coalition and is past chair of the AMA Council on Medical Service.