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Maine: e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

The Practice Fusion EHR provides advanced electronic prescribing capabilities, including electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS).*

Practice Fusion: Using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to meet Maine state mandates for certified e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS). EPCS allows you to:

  • e-Prescribe scheduled drugs right from the Practice Fusion EHR
  • Use one workflow for all prescriptions
  • Minimize patient wait times at pharmacies
  • Reduce unnecessary office visits
  • Improve safety and reduce fraud and abuse
  • Fully integrated with the Practice Fusion EHR and e-prescribing workflow
  • Offers a streamlined process for fast identity verification
  • Provides patient-specific formularies and Drug & Allergy interaction checks
  • Automatically receive Electronic Prior Authorizations (ePA) for prescriptions

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Maine State Mandates

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

Federal Mandate: Medicare Part D Practitioners In 2018 the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act was passed by the federal government. The Act includes legislation that requires Medicare Part D practitioners to begin electronically prescribing Part D drugs requiring prior authorization on January 1, 2021. Medicare Part D prescribers in every state are subject to the above stated mandate and must comply.

Maine State Mandate: All Prescribers In an effort to minimize prescription errors and to modernize the practice of medicine, the state of Maine passed Public Law, Chapter 488, mandating the electronic prescribing of opioid prescriptions. Prescribers in the state of Maine were required to begin utilizing electronic prescribing for opioid prescriptions on July 1, 2017. Any opioid prescription, regardless of the quantity of the prescription or duration of time the prescription must be taken, must be electronically prescribed. Today it is no longer permissible for prescribers to fax opioid prescriptions. For further details on Maine’s e-prescribing mandate please refer directly to Public Law, Chapter 488.

Why choose Practice Fusion for EPCS

Whether you just need a simple solution to address state mandates or are interested in more robust features such as text message appointment reminders or charting, Practice Fusion has the right features to meet your needs. We offer advanced e-prescribing capabilities including electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), prior authorization management and allergy alerts. Your subscription will also include features such as:

  • Charting
  • Electronic lab and imaging test ordering and results
  • Compliance tracking
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Text message appointment reminders
  • Support for quality payment programs

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Important Resources

EPCS ACTIVATION INSTRUCTIONS

*Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) is only available in the 50 US states and the District of Columbia