WASHINGTON — Medicare is taking new steps to speed the adoption of electronic prescribing by offering incentive payments to physicians and other eligible professionals who use the technology, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported this week. E-prescribing is more efficient and convenient for consumers, improves the quality of care, lowers administrative costs and its widespread use would eliminate thousands of medication errors every year, HHS said. Beginning in 2009, and ...

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