Practice Fusion: Using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to meet Tennessee 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 Tennessee Prescription Safety Act of 2016, Tenn. Pub. Acts, ch. 1002 (2016), represents a significant effort by the General Assembly to address the problem of prescription drug abuse. In accordance with the Controlled Substance Monitoring Act of 2002, the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy established a database to monitor the dispensing of Schedules II, III, IV & V controlled substances. Data collection began for all dispensers on December 1, 2006. The Controlled Substance Monitoring Database (CSMD) was later administratively attached to the Tennessee Department of Health. The Prescription Safety Act of 2012 enhanced the monitoring capabilities of the database. The 2016 Act provided for further enhancements.
All healthcare practitioners with DEA numbers who prescribe or dispense controlled substances in a practice providing direct care to patients in Tennessee on more than fifteen (15) days in a calendar year must be registered in the CSMD. Licensed veterinarians who never prescribe or dispense a controlled substance in an amount intended to treat a non-human patient for more than five (5) days are not required, but are encouraged to register. It is vital that each registrant provides and maintains a unique and valid email address within the CSMD so that the CSMD may communicate with the registrant to ensure continued access to the database.
Healthcare practitioners or persons under the supervision and control of the practitioners, pharmacists or pharmacies who are legally authorized to dispense a schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substance are required to submit certain data to the CSMD.
Although the integration between Practice Fusion and the Tennessee PMP is not yet available, integrating Tennessee 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 Tennessee PMP has the ability to automatically initiate a patient query, validate the provider’s credentials in the Tennessee 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 Tennessee PMP data within the EHR.
To register for the Tennessee PMP, visit https://www.tncsmd.com/TNNewRegistration.aspx
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.