ANA Gains Relief for Nurse Practitioners on Electronic Prescribing

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06/03/11
The American Nurses Association (ANA) successfully advocated for a change in Medicare payment rules that would have imposed financial penalties in 2012 on nurse practitioners who did little or no electronic prescribing. ANA expressed its concern to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in an April letter that the rule would create “unintended consequence and undue harm” to NPs who are Medicare providers but do not prescribe.

On June 1, 2011, a change was announced in the Federal Register to delay the rule and to exempt clinicians with limited prescribing activity — either no prescriptions or up to nine prescriptions over a six-month period.

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