PQRS, eRX & EHR Incentives: Which One?

Can I participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System, Electronic Prescribing (eRx) and EHR Incentive Programs at the same time and earn incentives for each?

The Physician Quality Reporting System, eRx Incentive Program, and EHR Incentive Program are three distinctly separate CMS programs.

  • The Physician Quality Reporting System incentive can be received regardless of an eligible professional’s participation in the other programs.
  • There are three ways to participate in the EHR Incentive Program: through Medicare, Medicare Advantage, or Medicaid.
    • If participating in the EHR Incentive Program through the Medicaid option, eligible professionals are also able to receive the eRx incentive.
    • If participating in the Medicare or Medicare Advantage options for the EHR Incentive Program, eligible professionals must still report the eRx measure to avoid the penalty but are only eligible to receive one incentive payment. Eligible professionals successfully participating in both programs will receive the EHR incentive payment.