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National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative Supports Senate's Call for Physicians to Adopt Electronic Prescribing, Improving Patient Safety
Date:7/9/2008

CHICAGO, July 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts, the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, and the founding member of the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI(TM)), today announced its firm support for the United States Senate's approval of legislation that provides financial incentives for physicians to adopt electronic prescribing, or "e-prescribing," and requires adoption by 2011. If signed into law by President Bush, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (H.R. 6331), also would reverse a planned 10.6 percent pay cut to physicians who treat Medicare patients.

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"Electronic prescribing can prevent many of the needless deaths and injuries that medication errors cause each year, and with this legislation, the Senate has taken a significant step toward ensuring that patients are safer," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts and Co-Chair of NEPSI. "Allscripts and our NEPSI partners are committed to providing electronic prescribing technology at no cost to every physician. We urge the President to sign the bill into law and make it easier for more physicians to adopt this life-saving technology."

As an incentive for physicians to adopt e-prescribing, H.R. 6331 would increase Medicare payments to physicians who regularly utilize e-prescribing by 2 percent in 2009 and 2010, then slightly less over the next three years. Physicians who do not use the technology would see their payments cut by 1 percent in 2011, and a maximum of up to 2 percent for 2013 and beyond. The bill allows for some exceptions to the rule.

An estimated 35,000, or fewer than 10 percent, of U.S. physicians use e-prescribing. The technology cuts the risk of medicat
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