In its attempts to widely disperse and advocate the use of electronic prescribing (or more popularly known as e-prescribing), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun providing incentive payments of up to 2 percent to eligible physicians and other health care providers using this technology for the year 2009.

According to the Medicare E-prescribing Incentive Program, prescribers using a qualified e-prescribing system began receiving payments from Medicare starting January 1, 2009.  As the years progress, the reward will drop. For 2011, the 2 percent would become 1 percent and further down to 0.5 percent two years later. Eventually, the incentives would be gone by the year 2013 when it is expected that the technology has been completely adapted. Continue reading: Incentive Payments for E-prescribing