California EPCS Mandate

California: 2022 State EPCS Mandate

Is your software certified? The deadline was Jan 1st, 2022.

Are You Ready for California’s
Electronic Prescribing Mandate?

The deadline for California’s Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) mandate has come and gone as of January 1, 2022. Under the EPCS, all healthcare providers and pharmacies in California must use electronic methods to transmit and receive prescription medications. The related mandates and legislation were enacted to curb the opioid epidemic and ensure controlled substance prescriptions are prescribed safely. However, almost a year later, not all practices are ready to meet the requirements. In fact, only 79% of California prescribers were enabled for EPCS as of September 2022. 

Be aware! Prescribers that fail to meet the requirements may be referred to a CA state professional licensing board for administrative sanctions. If you have questions about how to meet these requirements, keep reading.

Common Questions About
California’s New EPCS Mandate

Given that there are both impending federal requirements and currently-mandated state-level deadlines for prescribing controlled substances, it’s no surprise that many healthcare professionals have questions about how to comply. At the same time, most states now require prescribers to use a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to prevent “doctor shopping” and over-prescribing. These state-based databases provide information about a patient’s history of prescriptions and controlled substances. To better understand EPCS mandates, let’s review some common questions:

There will be soon. On January 1, 2023, EPCS will be required for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans. This mandate is part of the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act, which amended title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

Yes, as of January 1, 2022. The mandate applies to almost all prescriptions written in California (not just controlled substances), requiring prescribers to electronically transmit prescriptions. There are some exceptions to this rule but on the whole, prescribers must comply or risk being referred to the Medical Board of California.

No, paper-based prescriptions do not comply with the e-prescribing mandate. The prescriptions must be written and transmitted electronically. In other words, prescribers must be able to prescribe and transmit electronically and pharmacies must be equipped to receive these prescriptions electronically.

RXNT Will Help You Comply With EPCS in California

Prescribers who fail to meet EPCS mandate requirements may be referred to a California state professional licensing board for administrative sanctions. Even outside of the mandate, e-prescribing is to the benefit of prescribers, patients, and overall practice management. The entire prescribing and transmission process is streamlined, making your practice management more efficient and patient care more effective. The potential for drug errors, lost prescriptions, and overprescribing are reduced with electronic prescriptions.

At RXNT, we understand the importance of prescribing safely, meeting EPCS mandates, and DEA regulations. As pioneers in electronic prescribing software for ambulatory practices since 1999, we’ve been EPCS-certified by the Drug Enforcement Administration since the 2010 legislation was enacted.

What does that mean for prescribers like you? You can meet EPCS requirements and begin writing prescriptions electronically in 10 business days or fewer*. Our proven and affordable solution includes the following:

*Write prescriptions within 10 days after you enroll and complete the self-paced training.

Free Mobile Apps

Prescribe from anywhere at any time with our mobile app (iOS and Android) which mirrors the desktop experience.

Direct PDMP Access

Direct, integrated access to state PDMPs, eliminating the need for visits to PDMP/PMP databases in a new tab or window.

Predictable Pricing

Our transparent pricing includes implementation, 24/7 access, US-based support, unlimited training, and regular upgrades.

Integrate With EHR/EMR

Manage medical records, key patient information, insurance coverage, and medication history in seconds.

I use RXNT software for controlled substance prescribing [and] it has enabled me to comply with state requirements... My patients really appreciate the convenience and not having to hang on to a hard copy prescription.

Family Care Health and Wellness Inc.

I used RXNT’s EPCS as soon as it became available. It’s a tremendous, tremendous advantage because a patient can call me at two in the morning for a controlled substance and I can send a prescription to a drug store that’s open.

Family Practice Walk-In Clinic

Price is low, and having a phone app is key. The e-prescribing app is FANTASTIC! You can send refills or new prescriptions easily from your phone, and also see any signed notes if you have questions to consult before prescribing.

Jena Jamison, MD

Ready to See EPCS-Certified eRx in Action?

Get a first-hand look at how our integrated, EPCS-certified e-prescribing software will improve how you prescribe and help you satisfy all controlled medication legislation in California with an easy, virtual demo. Our friendly, no-pressure customer advisors will answer any questions and help evaluate your needs.

Used in healthcare organizations of all sizes, from small family clinics to large, multi-specialty practices—we offer flexible pricing options to make our tools work for a variety of practice management needs. Every product is backed by 24/7 cloud-based access, premium in-house support, and regular system upgrades.

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