In its proposed rule making changes to the Medicare electronic prescribing incentive program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is not giving physicians enough time to understand and comply with "last minute modifications" before a 1 percent reimbursement penalty for non-compliance begins in 2012, according to the American Medical Association and 91 other medical societies.

Consequently, the organizations in a comment letter to CMS advocate delaying imposition of penalties until 2013 for physicians facing a 2012 penalty. Further, "We strongly urge CMS to establish an additional reporting period in 2012 (e.g., January 1, 2012-June 30, 2012), so that physicians have an additional opportunity to successfully e-prescribe to avoid the 2012 eRx penalty."

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