e-Rx code is now G8553June 11, 2010
Health care practitioners who are participating in the Medicare Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program should report e-prescribing on claims using CPT Code G8553, according to the AOA Third Party Center.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed the e-prescribing code from G8443 when it issued rules for the 2010 Medicare program; however, many practitioners reportedly continue to use the old code.
Medicare claims cannot be amended to correct the use of incorrect e-Rx codes, the AOA Third Party Center notes.
However, health care practitioners need only report e-prescribing 25 times over the course of a year in order to earn Medicare’s 2 percent e-Rx percent bonus. With eight months left to report e-prescribing on claims during 2010, most practitioners who e-prescribe should still be able to report the measure enough times to earn a bonus this year, the AOA Third Party Center adds.