Electronic prescriptions and prescription drug monitoring programs are becoming more relevant than ever before. Not only are federal and state regulations implementing e-prescribing mandates, but also big pharmacies such as Walmart.
The company recently announced that it will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances as of January 1st, 2020 in an effort to help “curb opioid abuse and misuse.”
The rise of drug-related deaths poses a big challenge to communities, governments and healthcare providers. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, around 71,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2017. That’s 11 percent more than in 2016, and 34 percent more than in 2015.
Federal and state governments are tackling this epidemic by implementing prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), which are part of the larger Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) programs.
Prescription drug monitoring programs, or PDMPs, are electronic databases that track controlled-substance prescriptions. According to the CDC, although they’re still a work in progress, these programs have helped change prescribing behaviors and reduce the use of multiple providers by patients who are abusing prescription drugs.
With PDMPs, health care providers can see their patients’ prescribing histories and send electronic prescriptions to the pharmacy. With this data being tracked, providers can identify unusual or improper behaviors, and states can monitor prescribing trends.
44 states have EPCS mandates, and 49 states plus the District of Columbia are running PDMP databases.
This map shows which states have an EPCS and PDMP mandate in effect.
TotalMD has the perfect e-prescribing solution that makes providers’ lives easier and helps them make a seamless transition to electronic prescriptions.
With TotalMD’s EPCS system, providers can write and send electronic prescriptions from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Additionally, providers can use TotalMD’s PDMP solution to verify the patient isn’t already getting meds from another provider.
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