Minnesota and New York have similar e-prescribing mandates, and in the report, Herrick examines the New York law as a case study.As reported by the program in New York, known as the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (i STOP), went into effect in late March.
E-prescribing also reduces the number of prescription errors attributed to bad handwriting or illegible faxes.
As Congressional leaders move forward on a number of bills meant to help curb the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, the National Center for Policy Analysis issued a report calling on policymakers to consider the use of one specific health IT tool—mandatory electronic prescribing (e-prescribing).
According to industry research, for every $1 in fraudulent drug claims, an additional $41 dollars is spent on associated medical claims—unnecessary physician visits, redundant medical tests, unnecessary emergency room visits and the like.
Over the course of a dozen years, from 1999 to 2011, the rate of fatal prescription opioid overdoses nearly quadrupled, from 1.4 deaths per 100,000 population to 5.4,” Herrick wrote.
“Inappropriate nonmedical use and abuse of prescription opioid drugs has skyrocketed in the past 15 years. According to the report by Herrick, an estimated 80 percent of abused controlled substances are obtained by prescription and legally dispensed to the abuser, an abuser’s friend or a family member.
“In many cases, opioids are obtained through so-called “doctor shopping”—seeing multiple doctors and obtaining a prescription from each.And, Herrick asserts that mandatory e-prescribing would allow doctors, pharmacies and law enforcement to better monitor inappropriate opioid use, drug-seeking behavior and reduce drug diversion.“Transmitting prescriptions electronically is a way for doctors to directly communicate with pharmacies—rather than handing patients a paper form ripped from a pad.E-prescribing facilitates detection of doctor shopping. In addition, once a prescription for a chronic condition has been prescribed, refills should require less effort by doctors and patients,” Herrick wrote.He also notes that a large number of doctors have been using electronic prescribing of non-controlled substances for a few years now.Yet, not all pharmacies—and even fewer physicians’ offices—are prepared to transmit prescriptions for controlled substances electronically, according to Herrick’s report.As previously reported by Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal, Maine recently became the latest state to pass a law requiring the electronic prescribing of controlled substances for opioids.E-prescribing, or electronic prescribing is a technology framework that allows physicians and other medical practitioners to write and send prescriptions to a participating pharmacy electronically instead of using handwritten or faxed notes or calling in prescriptions. In this e-guide, discover 4 uses for AI in healthcare – particularly how it can help improve patient engagement – and whether we can overcome security and interoperability concerns surrounding the technology.At the most basic level, an e-prescribing system serves as an electronic reference handbook.To avoid penalties: Claims may NOT be resubmitted for the sole purpose of adding or correcting an e Rx code.You can skip to step three if you have already been e-prescribing.