Practice Fusion: Using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to meet New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire Controlled Drug Prescription Health and Safety Program was authorized in June 2012 for the purpose of enhancing patient care, curtailing the misuse and abuse of controlled substances, combating illegal trade in and diversion of controlled substances, and enabling access to prescription information by practitioners, dispensers, and other authorized individuals and agencies.
The New Hampshire Board of Pharmacy will administer and oversee the operation of the program and has selected Appriss Health to develop a database that will collect and store prescribing and dispensing data for Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances. Appriss Health’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), PMP AWARxE, is a web-based program that facilitates the collection, analysis, and reporting of information on the prescribing, dispensing, and use of controlled substances.
New Hampshire law requires that each dispenser submit information regarding each prescription dispensed for a Schedule II, III, or IV controlled substance. Each time a controlled substance is dispensed, the dispenser shall submit the information required by New Hampshire law to the PDMP database within seven (7) days of the date the prescription was dispensed.
Although the integration between Practice Fusion and the New Hampshire PMP is not yet available, integrating New Hampshire PMP 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 New Hampshire PMP has the ability to automatically initiate a patient query, validate the provider’s credentials in the New Hampshire PMP, 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 New Hampshire PMP data within the EHR.
To register for the New Hampshire PMP, visit https://newhampshire.pmpaware.net/identities/new
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.