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Could doctors scrap prescription pad?

December 16, 2008 9:18:36 AM PST
Medicare is hoping an incentive will convince doctors to scrap those scribbled prescriptions.Starting next month, doctors who do prescriptions via computer and e-mail direct to drug stores will get an extra 2 percent in reimbursement rates for the next two years, which could add up to as much as $1,500.

The money could help offset the costs of entering patients into electronic prescription programs.

Doctors who do not make the change by 2012 will find their Medicare payments cut.

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