State and Federal Laws Enacted to Drive Physician Use of Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS)
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Half of all states require e-prescribing to combat the opioid crisis (Graphic: Business Wire)
This means that the
“We’ve worked across the Surescripts Network Alliance™ and with industry partners in states from coast to coast to ensure that this powerful technology realizes its full impact on patients and the people who care for them,” said
State and federal legislators have increasingly recognized the value of EPCS because it replaces paper prescriptions and helps eliminate the risk of theft or forgery. When combined with electronic access to patient medication history data and other tools at the point of care, providers can identify potential misuse and enhance the accuracy, security, privacy and efficiency of the prescribing process.
As of 2018, 95% of pharmacies were enabled for EPCS, although prescriber enablement lagged behind at 32%. And while 85% of prescriptions for non-controlled substances were sent electronically last year, just 31% percent of controlled substance prescriptions were sent electronically (a 10% increase from 2017).
Prescribers in states where electronic prescribing is required by law have driven substantial growth in enablement and adoption of EPCS. In
At the federal level, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6), which
Prescribers can visit www.GetEPCS.com to learn how to implement the technology.
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