The Medicare program has traditionally been unable to notify providers participating in the Medicare electronic prescribing incentive program if they have qualified for incentive payments until the year following their participation.

That long timetable won't cut it now that the meaningful use incentive program starts in 2011, according to the Medical Group Management Association. The Englewood, Colo.-based organization recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services commenting on multiple provisions of the proposed rule setting the Part B physician fee schedule for 2011.

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