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Health Reward Stat of the Day – Feb 17

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E-prescribing, or the electronic generation of a prescription and its routing to a pharmacy, is generally believed to improve health care quality and reduce costs. However, physicians were slow to embrace this technology until 2008, when Congress authorized e-prescribing incentives as part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. E-prescribing data from Surescripts showed that as of December 2010, close to 40 percent of active e-prescribers had adopted the technology in response to the federal incentive program. The data also suggest that among providers who were already e-prescribing, the federal incentive program was associated with a 9–11 percent increase in the use of e-prescribing—equivalent to an additional 6.8–8.2 e-prescriptions per provider per month.

http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/7/1221.abstract

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