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#1 Laura Haines

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 07:33 AM

New Hampshire Has The Right Goal For Its E-Prescription Plan: Perfection

It aims to have 100% of the state's doctors using the technology, which can reduce errors and spot dangerous drug interactions, by 2008.

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:26 PM

e-prescribing seems to be catching on most frequently, as far as all of the various EMR parameters are concerned.

There is a lot of discussion about the benefits to doctors using eMRs. But, it would seem that the benefits of eprescribing are pretty significant, and immediate. Would you agree?

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Posted 13 January 2009 - 06:56 PM

QUOTE (OrthoMan @ Jan 1 2009, 07:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
e-prescribing seems to be catching on most frequently, as far as all of the various EMR parameters are concerned.

There is a lot of discussion about the benefits to doctors using eMRs. But, it would seem that the benefits of eprescribing are pretty significant, and immediate. Would you agree?



I completely agree with this statement. We've been put in a position to think that EMRs are the only solution to reduce errors, costs, etc. But EMRs are only a small portion of other technologies that can benefit the medical community. Just the thought of having an ePrescribing system linked with my EMR and local pharmacies, and dictating reports using Dragon Medical.... it is going to be an interesting upcoming few years with all of the technological advancements!

I found an article stating info on ePrescribing: "The society formed a 2008 task force to address the quality and safety of medications. What are some of its findings?

We have not published findings, but based on the findings of other groups, we joined others in successfully lobbying for Medicare support of ePrescribing, which is a major step forward for patient safety."

To read more about this article: http://www.hartfordb...m/news7649.html

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 01:38 PM

Hartford Business.com
Medicare: E-Prescribe … Or Else
Docs’ reluctance to go online will result in federal penalties

By Jason Millman
jmillman@HartfordBusiness.com
01/19/09
As Connecticut doctors take their time converting to an electronic prescription system, Medicare has developed plans to slap them with reimbursement penalties if they don’t sign on within three years.

Between 5 and 7 percent of Connecticut physicians are using e-prescribing, according to Dr. Angelo Carrabba, immediate past president of the Connecticut State Medical Society.

Medicare believes e-prescribing improves efficiency and cuts down on prescription errors, so it has been trying to promote its use.

On Jan. 1, Medicare started giving a 2 percent bonus on top of regular fees to doctors who use e-prescribing. The bonus program will be scaled back to 1 percent in 2011 and 0.5 percent in 2013.

Meanwhile, a 1 percent penalty for doctors not prescribing electronically starts 2012 and climbs to 2 percent in 2014.

E-prescribing is a Web-based secure system that allows physicians to send prescriptions directly to pharmacies.

For many doctors, the financial incentive to move into e-prescribing just hasn’t been enticing enough.

However, the 2 percent Medicare bonus will save participating doctors $1,400 this year, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. It’s a bit of incentive for doctors to invest in the necessary hardware, which usually costs around $3,000, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, the cost of software and training staff with the new system can raise the final price tag to $25,000.



Slow Start
“At the present time, with regards to either e-prescribing or electronic medical records, we’re sort of slow in getting started,” said Carrabba, also chairman of eHealthConnecticut, the state’s effort to digitize medical records.

Regardless, Carrabba said he believes there needs to be greater government incentives for doctors to invest in the technology, which by all expectations will cut down on costs by boosting prescription accuracy.

“It’s a significant investment,” he said. “Somehow, we have to get some help in funding that reinvestment. We’re working hard to save everyone else money, so then we should be part of that positive cash flow so we can fund further IT projects for our own practices and improve the quality of care.”

Some states have offered varying levels of assistance toward the ultimate goal of getting every doctor logged into a health information exchange.

In New Hampshire, the state and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield launched a program two years ago to provide doctors access to free software and a handheld device. In Nevada, members of the state’s medical association were given e-prescribing software free for two years, though physicians had to pay for the hardware.

Efforts have been much more meager in Connecticut. Two years ago, eHealthConnecticut was given a $300,000 state grant, but program director Scott Cleary told the Hartford Business Journal two months ago that the health information exchange faces a funding crisis.

“This is going to cost millions of dollars over its lifetime,” Cleary said.

Meanwhile, some of the larger physician organizations have been the first to jump on the e-prescribing bandwagon.



Incentives Needed
Saint Francis Physician Hospital Organization (PHO), the group of physicians that work in the hospital, was one of the first groups in the state to use e-prescribing a few years ago.

“Some have been doing it for several years, and some are starting on Jan. 1 because of the incentives from the federal government,” said Jess Kupec, president of the Saint Francis PHO.

Count Kupec among the many in the health care community eagerly awaiting President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed $800 billion economic stimulus package, which is expected to include funding for updating health care information technology.

Without a major federal subsidy, the adoption of advanced technology will stall, Kupec said.



On The Rise
“From a safety and quality perspective, it’s good, but until the economics make sense, it’s not going happen,” he said.

Carrabba said the potential for further expanding the technology’s availability in Connecticut will be closely tied to the success of an operational statewide health information exchange.

Despite slow adoption, the number of electronic prescriptions in Connecticut is on the rise, increasing from 5,996 in 2005 to 592,000 in 2007, according to the latest data from SureScripts, a health information exchange founded by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association.

With nearly 75 percent of the state’s pharmacies already signed on to the technology, Connecticut is ranked as the 9th most active state for e-prescribing, according to SureScripts.




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Posted 20 January 2009 - 06:35 PM

With ePrescribing being a primary focus amongst the medical community, several companies are working to integrate ePrescribing with their existing IT solutions.

"A new partnership announced today will enable healthcare professionals to have access to clinical noting, patient management, drug data and electronic prescribing from a single application."

To read the entire article, please visit: http://www.hospitali...rticle.id=15346

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Posted 21 January 2009 - 07:40 PM

"Access to life-saving information on allergy and medication interactions for each individual patient also is made available so that concerns with medications that shouldn't mix or alerts on possible allergic reactions are noted and made available for the physician and pharmacist immediately."

Several health systems are now working on pilot programs before determining if ePrescribing is a good match for them or their patients.

To read the full article, please visit: http://www.chillicot.../901200307/1002

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:14 PM

"Starting this month, physicians throughout Western New York and nationally are eligible to receive bonuses from the federal government for “writing” electronic prescriptions. The use of e-prescribing has the potential to provide considerable cost savings in our health system."

To read the full article, visit:http://www.buffalonews.com/149/story/558617.html

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Posted 27 January 2009 - 12:48 PM

Greenway announces that it complies with all new ePrescribing guidelines:Greenway Medical Technologies' Flagship EHR Solution, PrimeSuite, Complies with e-Prescribing Regulations Taking Effect in January 2009

CARROLLTON, Ga., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenway Medical Technologies Inc. today announced that its flagship electronic health record (EHR) solution, PrimeSuite®, complies with all necessary standards and regulations that physicians will be required to meet starting January 1, 2009 in order to receive the two percent increase on Medicare reimbursement payments for e-Prescribing as mandated by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008.

Greenway's newly CCHIT Certified® 08 Ambulatory EHR, PrimeSuite 2008, enables physicians to submit prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy without the need for data reentry. The e-Prescribing functionality is also infused with inherent safeguards that take into account patient demographics, dates of last visits and any drug allergies of which physicians and pharmacists must be aware when treating patients and filling prescriptions.

By utilizing PrimeSuite's e-Prescribing functionality, care providers are able to submit regulatory-compliant e-prescriptions to pharmacies through the integration with DrFirst's GoldRx™ certified Rcopia™ electronic prescription management system. Prescription information and patient data flows seamlessly through PrimeSuite's e-Prescribe, powered by DrFirst's real-time, fail-safe, physician connectivity services and is routed directly to SureScripts-RxHub, which securely delivers the information to the pharmacies and payer networks.

Along with meeting the CCHIT® 08 e-Prescribing criteria, PrimeSuite meets all qualifications for e-Prescribing as set by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). PrimeSuite also meets all 119 recordable quality measures included within the Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), a voluntary program that provides up to two percent in additional financial incentives to eligible professionals who successfully report on a specified set of data gathered from services and procedures they provide to patients under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. With PrimeSuite, reporting codes are incorporated into the clinical documentation process at the point-of-care and then aggregated with the other charge data, eliminating additional work for the administrative staff resulting from PQRI charge capture.

"Physicians that utilize PrimeSuite to streamline the clinical, financial and administrative workflows of their practices can also benefit from the e-Prescribing reimbursement increases as well as the PQRI incentives that will be available to eligible care providers starting in January, 2009," said Justin Barnes, vice president of marketing and government affairs at Greenway Medical. "The e-Prescribing and PQRI reporting functionality of PrimeSuite is another way that physicians can experience increased return on investments through the implementation of industry-leading health information technology (HIT)."

"We are very pleased to congratulate Greenway for achieving CCHIT 08 Ambulatory EHR certification," said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. "We strongly encourage the adoption of e-Prescribing now so that practices are prepared to receive incentives beginning January 1, 2009, and do not get caught in the last minute rush to implement at the end of this year."

About Greenway Medical Technologies Inc.

Greenway Medical Technologies provides the latest in ambulatory healthcare business solutions and services to more than 20,000 healthcare providers and professionals nationwide, in 30 specialties and subspecialties, by enhancing the delivery of patient care through innovative HIT software and on-demand services that allow physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency. Greenway's PrimeSuite is a comprehensive, interoperable component of the integrated physician's infrastructure solution, which serves as the starting point of a long-term business plan for physician practices. PrimeSuite 2008's EHR component, which is certified by CCHIT® based on 08 Ambulatory EHR certification requirements, integrates a practice's clinical, financial and administrative processes, and allows practices to increase profitability, enhance patient satisfaction and facilitate adherence to compliance guidelines. Established in 1998, Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway Medical Technologies is a privately held company with 270 employees. For more information about Greenway, visit www.greenwaymedical.com .

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DrFirst is a national provider of physician connectivity services through its award-winning, GoldRx Certified Rcopia electronic prescription management system. Founded in 2000, DrFirst creates innovative services targeted to physicians in both ambulatory and acute care environments. DrFirst solutions are widely integrated with practice management and electronic medical records software through its "Open Borders" program, and the company counts among its client base not only physician practices, but major health plans, health systems, and EMR vendors. DrFirst partners with SureScripts and RxHub for pharmacy connectivity, health plan information, and patient medication history. More information about DrFirst can be found at www.drfirst.com .

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 07:30 PM

Free Electronic Prescribing Service Now Available to San Antonio Physicians
Feb 24, 2009 7:30 AM CST
Humana Network Prescribers Can Access Availity® CarePrescribeSM To Increase Patient Safety and Convenience



SAN ANTONIO-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Availity, LLC and Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) today announced the deployment of CarePrescribe, a Medicare-qualified electronic prescribing service, at no charge to eligible physician practices in San Antonio. Following the successful introduction of Availity CarePrescribe in Florida last year, physicians in San Antonio will now have access to the free service as a way to improve prescribing efficiency and safety while reducing patient costs and receiving the benefits of the Medicare E-Prescribing Incentive Program.

Designed to ensure greater patient safety, savings and convenience, Availity CarePrescribe will enable San Antonio-area physicians to view information that will help them select the most clinically appropriate and cost effective medications, and then transmit prescriptions electronically to patients’ retail or mail-order pharmacies of choice. The service also offers physicians real-time access to patients’ medication history, drug and allergy interaction checks, and benefit eligibility, formulary and co-payment information.

CarePrescribe is a Medicare-qualified e-prescribing service, meaning physicians prescribing electronically via means such as CarePrescribe will receive incentives from the federal Medicare program through 2013.

“Availity is committed to making e-prescribing a success, improving patient care and enhancing overall efficiency in our health care delivery system,” said Julie Klapstein, Availity’s chief executive officer. “We’re able to simplify this process for Texas prescribers by delivering a comprehensive, fully-managed solution that offers everything they need to start e-prescribing without the costly investment. When combined with Availity’s other services, like electronic health records and health insurance information, CarePrescribe provides an improved overall experience for physicians and patients alike.”

For eligible San Antonio prescribers, the CarePrescribe service will include a portable handheld device that is custom-installed and configured to work with the practice’s patient scheduling system. The portable handheld devices work in tandem with a desktop e-prescribing solution, already available to all practices in Texas currently using the Availity Web portal. Deployment of the handheld device throughout Texas is planned for 2009.

“By putting all the crucial information for patient prescription safety in one easy-to-access system, our members will experience more comprehensive, convenient and personalized care,” said Linda Hummel-McAlpin, chief executive officer for Humana Central and South Texas markets, which include San Antonio. “With the best possible prescription medication guidance available through CarePrescribe, our members will be healthier and happier, avoiding unnecessary or costly medications and unsafe drug interactions.”

The CarePrescribe technology is powered by Prematics, a care-communication company serving the health plan industry. Prematics will provide all installation, training and ongoing support on behalf of Humana and Availity at no charge to eligible practices.

For more information on CarePrescribe, visit http://www.availity....eprescribe.html.

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 03:40 PM

Perfection - that is a pretty steep goal indeed.
I have to admit that my handwriting is crappy - and that eprescribing will help that out a bunch.

But - perfection - I doubt it!




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