Practice Fusion: Using an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to meet Utah 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
Utah’s Controlled Substance Database Program (CSD) is a resource that assists prescribing practitioners and pharmacists in providing efficient care for their patients’ and customers’ usage of controlled substances. The Utah Controlled Substance Database Program was legislatively created and put into effect on July 1, 1995. The CSD collects data on the dispensing of Schedule II-V drugs from all retail, institutional, and outpatient hospital pharmacies, and in-state/out-of-state mail order pharmacies. The data is disseminated to authorized individuals and used to identify potential cases of drug overutilization, misuse, and over-prescribing of controlled substances throughout the state. Utah law requires all outpatient pharmacies to report dispensing a controlled substance prescription (schedules II – V) once a week for the previous seven days. Data submitted by pharmacies is usually available in the Controlled Substance Database within 24 business hours of receipt.
Although the integration between Practice Fusion and the Utah CSD is not yet available, integrating Utah CSD 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 Utah CSD has the ability to automatically initiate a patient query, validate the provider’s credentials in the Utah CSD, 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 Utah CSD data within the EHR.
To register for the Utah CSD, visit https://dopl.utah.gov/programs/csdb/CSD_Staff_App_2017-11-20.pdf
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.