Some states will require Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) in the near future. New York is leading the charge and will require all controlled substances to be ePrescribed beginning March 27, 2015.
We reached out to Dr. David Abramson, a private practice surgeon with offices in New York and New Jersey to get his thoughts on this mandatory policy and how he utilizes the feature.
“We’ve been using the patientNOW eprescribe feature for about four months now. It was super easy to learn and my practice is ahead of the curve since we’ve put the feature to use prior to it being mandated.
The process is simple and extremely efficient. Our practice coordinator sets up the prescription through the patientNOW pathway and sends it for my review. I check the patient’s chart which shows prescriptions from other physicians for the same patient, drug education sheets and drug/allergy reactions. Once I verify this information, I simply click transmit RX from my iPad and the script is sent to a participating pharmacy.
Additionally, the patient who needs a refill doesn’t need to come into the office for a prescription, we simply eprescribe it. patientNOW’s training libraries have everything you need to know on how to eprescribe controlled substances.”
Dr. David L. Abramson
Chief, Department of Plastic Surgery, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Associate Chief of Surgical Services, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Past-President, New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons
President, New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons
Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine