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Practice Fusion: Using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to meet the District of Columbia mandates for certified e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS)

Practice Fusion’s EPCS system:

  • Surescripts certified for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (CII-CV)
  • Fully integrated with your EHR and existing e-prescribing workflow
  • Offers a streamlined process for fast identity verification
  • Provides patient-specific formularies and Drug & Allergy interaction checks
  • Automatically receive Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) for prescriptions
  • Includes comprehensive reporting modules

The District of Columbia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (DC PDMP) aims to improve the District’s ability to identify and reduce diversion of prescription drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of controlled substances; and to enhance patient care by providing prescription monitoring information that will assure legitimate use of controlled substances in health care, including palliative care, research and other medical and pharmacological uses.

Although the integration between Practice Fusion and the DC PDMP is not yet available, integrating DC PDMP data within an Electronic Health Record (EHR), like Practice Fusion, can help provide a streamlined clinical workflow for providers. An EHR that is integrated with the DC PDMP has the ability to automatically initiate a patient query, validate the provider’s credentials in the DC PDMP, and return the patient’s prescription record directly within the provider’s EHR. The integration would seamlessly fit into the clinical workflow and allow for near real-time presentation of DC PDMP data within the EHR.

To register for the DC PDMP, visit https://districtofcolumbia.pmpaware.net/login

e-Prescribing allows a prescriber to use an EHR to:

  • Electronically access a patient’s prescription benefit.
  • Electronically access a patient’s medication history.
  • Electronically route the prescription to the patient’s choice of pharmacy.

e-Prescribing provides the following consumer benefits:

  • More accurate prescriptions.
  • Improved patient safety.
  • Lower healthcare costs for everyone involved.

e-Prescribing provides the following provider benefits:

  • Reduction in pharmacy staff time.
  • Increase in patient compliance and filled prescriptions.
  • Improved relations with patients.

e-Prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) allows a prescriber to:

  • e-Prescribe scheduled drugs right from your EHR.
  • Use one workflow for all prescriptions.
  • Minimize patient wait times at pharmacies.
  • Reduce unnecessary office visits.