Electronic Prescribing

Generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically (eRx).

More than 50 percent of permissible prescriptions written by the EP are queried for a drug formulary and transmitted electronically using CEHRT.


Any EP who
- writes fewer than 100 permissible prescriptions during the EHR reporting period; or
- does not have a pharmacy within his or her organization and there are no pharmacies that accept electronic prescriptions within 10 miles of the EP's practice location at the start of his or her EHR reporting period


Alternate EP Measure:
For Stage 1 providers in 2015, more than 40 percent of all permissible prescriptions written by the EP are transmitted electronically using CEHRT. We are adopting Objective 4: Electronic Prescribing at § 495.22(e)(4)(i) for EPs. We further specify that in order to meet this objective and measure, an EPm must use the capabilities and standards of as defined for as defined CEHRT at § 495.4. We direct readers to section II.B.3 of this final rule with comment period for a discussion of the definition of CEHRT and a table referencing the capabilities and standards that must be used for each measure.


Measure Numerator

The number of prescriptions in the denominator generated, queried for a drug formulary, and transmitted electronically using CEHRT.

The resulting percentage must be more than 50 percent in order for an EP to meet this measure.


Measure Denominator

Number of permissible prescriptions written during the EHR reporting period for drugs requiring a prescription in order to be dispensed.