Practice Fusion: Using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to meet Maryland state 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 Authorizations (ePA) for prescriptions
- Includes comprehensive reporting modules
The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (Maryland PDMP) monitors dispensed drugs that contain controlled dangerous substances (CDS). The goal of the PDMP is to assist medical, pharmacy, and public health professionals in the identification and prevention of prescription drug abuse. It also promotes a balanced use of prescription data that preserves the professional practice of healthcare providers and legitimate access to optimal pharmaceutical care. The program is overseen by the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Behavioral Health Administration (BHA).
CRISP serves as the access point for clinical providers, including prescribers, pharmacists, and other licensed healthcare practitioners for viewing filled CDS prescriptions. All policies on access are regulated by MDH.
Although the integration between Practice Fusion and the Maryland PDMP is not yet available, integrating CRISP 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 Maryland PDMP has the ability to automatically initiate a patient query, validate the provider’s credentials in CRISP, 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 CRISP data within the EHR.
To register for the CRISP, visit https://crisphealth.org/services/prescription-drug-monitoring-program-pdmp/pdmp-registration/
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.