Get ready for I-STOP and electronic prescribing for controlled substances
The New York State I-STOP mandate requires electronic prescribing for all types of non-controlled and controlled substances (EPCS) by March 27, 2016 .Currently, we’re ready for all New York providers to meet the requirements of I-STOP. We’re committed to your success with I-STOP and we have successfully delivered an EPCS system that’s:
Fully integrated with your EHR and meets the requirements of I-STOP.
Enabled through an enhanced sign up process with streamlined identity verification.
Ensured with two-factor authentication for each electronically prescribed controlled substance
Providing e-prescribing for all controlled and non-controlled substances.
Here’s how you can get ready
Before your account can be enabled for EPCS, you’ll need to sign up for e-prescribing. The process is easy, only takes a few minutes to complete. Plus once you’re e-prescribing through Practice Fusion you’re already meeting I-STOP’s requirement to e-prescribe controlled substances.
Check your EHR user settings
DEA EPCS regulation requires your account to have at least one user that’s not the DEA-registered prescriber to have administrator-level permissions.
Make sure you have a valid DEA number
A valid DEA registration number provides authorization for a health care provider to write prescriptions for controlled substances. If you don’t have a DEA number, you can apply for one through the DEA website.
Ensure you have access to your HCS account
New York prescribers have been required to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry when writing a prescription for a Schedule II, III and IV controlled substance since August 27, 2013. In order to consult the PMP, prescribers must have a health commerce system (HCS) account. If you haven’t already, you can apply for an HCS account online through the New York State Department of Health.
Have a smartphone
You’ll need to complete two-factor authentication for each prescription of a controlled substance using a smartphone.