e-Prescribing of controlled substances, or EPCS, is the electronic transmission of a prescription for controlled substance to a pharmacy. In 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) revised its regulations to give physicians the choice of writing prescriptions for controlled substances by paper or through a certified electronic system. One of the issues driving controlled substance e-prescribing is the epidemic of addiction, abuse and diversion of controlled substances in the U.S. and worldwide. In 2011, drug overdoses surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of preventable deaths. EPCS is approved in 49 U.S. States and the District of Columbia, and more than 40% of pharmacies nationwide accept controlled substance e-prescriptions.
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An EPCS system can cost up to $2,500 per provider each year, but we don’t believe you should have to pay that much to stay compliant. Our e-prescribing was ranked #1 for ease of use.
What is I-STOP?
New York’s Internet System for Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by opioid addiction and the over-prescription of painkillers by implementing improved electronic monitoring methods. It was passed in 2012 as part of New York’s continuing effort to lead the way in programs to track, monitor and protect against prescription drug abuse.
We’re proud to announce Practice Fusion’s e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) feature is now certified and ready for I-STOP. With EPCS activated, you’ll now be able to e-prescribe all medications — included scheduled drugs — right from your EHR.
After delivering our e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS) system to our New York customers, we’ve been actively working to offer EPCS to practices in all states. We’re excited to announce that in the past two months, eight more states now have access to our industry-leading EPCS software: