The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services routinely reminds physicians about the Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) financial incentive programs and encourages participation. Now, however, CMS is seeking ways to get some of that money back.

In a notice available here and being published on March 17, CMS contends the programs have data integrity issues such as rejected and improper payments. The agency plans to annually survey group practices, registries and data submission vendors, a total of 400 each year, with follow-up interviews with a small number of respondents.

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