A new report from the Government Accountability Office examines inconsistencies in the technology and reporting requirements for Medicare's electronic prescribing incentive program and the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program.
Both programs require providers to use technology that performs similar e-prescribing functions, the congressional investigatory agency concludes. "However, the EHR Program requires providers to adopt and use certified EHR systems that meet criteria established by HHS, which include electronic prescribing-related capabilities, while the Electronic Prescribing Program does not have a certification requirement."
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