We’re ready for ePrescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). Are you?

Several states will require Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) in the near future. The question remains, is your state one of them? And if so, are you prepared?

New York is leading the charge and will require all controlled substances to be ePrescribed beginning March 27, 2015.

Currently, 49 states have state regulatory approval for EPCS (Montana and Missouri are the only two that don’t).

For a closer look at EPCS regulatory status by state, click on the  EPCS Regulatory Status Map.  To view pharmacy readiness by state or to search for EPCS-enabled pharmacies in your area, view Surescripts’  Pharmacy Enablement Map.

Dr. David Abramson on Electronic Prescribing

Dr. David L. AbramsonWe 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 patientNOW’s eprescribing feature.

“By using this feature my practice is secure in the knowledge that our record-keeping for prescriptions is accurate and complies with DEA regulations.”

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We’re prepared for ePrescriptions

The ePrescription module is a standard feature in patientNOW.

Benefits include:

  • Doctors can check patient’s medical history for potentially harmful drug interactions
  • Reduced risk of medication errors caused by illegible handwriting or failure to spot drug allergies, etc.
  • System can confirm the prescription benefits
  • Refills are complete with the touch of a button
  • Affordable medications can be selected more easily
  • Integration with EMR allows easy access to vital patient information

Click here to watch a video on how to ePrescribe controlled substances in patientNOW.

For more information on ePrescribing, check out surescripts helpful links on electronic prescription here, or give us a call for a demo of our ePrescription module in patientNOW’s EMR.