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EPCS Mandates: The Ultimate Guide to 2022 Deadlines

EPCS Mandates: Ultimate Guide to 2022 Deadlines

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Interactive Map: U.S. States With EPCS Legislation

On January 1, 2023, EPCS will be enforced for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans, originally outlined in the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act in 2018. However, it's not only the federal government mandating electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, of controlled medications.

Many states, including California, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, and Washington, have Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) legislation, which took effect on January 1st, 2022. RXNT will keep you up to date on the ruling for your state. Check out our article on EPCS Mandates: The State Of Electronic Prescribing For Controlled Substances (EPCS) In 2022.

Not only do providers need to comply with EPCS, but they also need to register with and receive an ID number from the DEA under DEA Title 21, Chapter II. Compliance also requires two-factor authentication tokens and strict safeguards for any passwords.

RXNT can help. If your practice writes prescriptions (controlled or non-controlled) in a state that requires EPCS, we can get you certified in a few days. Check for your state's deadline in the interactive map below. Then, sign up for a demo of our EPCS-certified Electronic Prescribing software.
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The Benefits of Mandatory Electronic Prescribing

There are several benefits of electronic prescribing for practitioners and patients alike. As electronic prescribing capabilities are integrated into solutions and workflows, more safeguards are put in place to ensure patients receive prescriptions safely while addressing the opioid epidemic. Prescriptions are sent directly and securely from the prescriber to the pharmacy, eliminating the potential for miscommunication and the need for multiple callbacks between the pharmacy and the practice. 

Likewise, electronic prescriptions reduce the potential for medication errors, improve the legibility of prescriptions, and decrease the amount of time needed to prescribe. A research study on electronic prescribing found the following:

Medication errors reduced to as little 1/7 their previous level

Improved patient outcomes

Decreased patient
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Healthcare cost savings from $140 billion to $240 billion

The results of this healthcare research study suggest that e-prescribing reduces prescribing errors, increases efficiency, and helps to save on healthcare costs.

CMS Delays Federal EPCS Compliance Enforcement To 2023

In 2018, Section 2003 of the H.R. 6 - SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act mandated that Schedule II-V controlled substances under Medicare Part D should be prescribed electronically by January 1, 2021.

Due in part to COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final ruling that delayed enforcement of compliance penalties by one year until 2022. In 2021, CMS recently delayed federal ECPS compliance enforcement again until January 1, 2023. Practices that are not in compliance with the e-prescribing mandate risk penalties. 

According to CMS’s Frequently Asked Questions guide regarding ECPS, the penalty for non-compliant prescribers will be a CMS notification of EPCS Program non-compliance in the 2023 measurement year. Additional penalties will be proposed in future years. There is an option for non-compliant prescribers to apply for a waiver, but this is only granted in extraordinary circumstances. 

Avoid the penalties for non-compliance while helping the effort to double down on eRx safety. Add RXNT's award-winning E-Prescribing software that satisfies both the upcoming Federal and State regulations and connects directly to your state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)/Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). 

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Seamless PDMP Integrations Are Easier Than Ever

PDMPs help to improve patient safety and safeguard public and population health. Practitioners can monitor opioid and other controlled substance prescriptions more closely for patients, determine the total amount of opioids prescribed per day, and identify any potential drug interactions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists PDMPs as critical for reducing opioid misuse, abuse, and overdose

Direct, integrated access to state PDMPs and PMPs doesn’t have to be difficult. RXNT works with Bamboo Health (formerly Appriss Health) to connect you directly to state PDMPs without needing to open a new tab or window to find prescription information. You won't experience any interruption to your workflow because PMP/PMP is conveniently integrated right within RXNT's e-prescribing (eRx) solution, as well as our Electronic Health Records (EHR)

Often, integration is available at no additional cost to you through state funding. Find out your state's integration capability and funding status.

Double-down on eRx safety & security

The e-prescribing mandate and PDMPs work together in the fight against opioid addiction and substance abuse. RXNT is DEA-certified for EPCS and offers direct access to PDMPs, so prescribers can efficiently comply with both mandates with a single, cloud-based software solution.

An award-winning, certified eRx system

Our e-prescribing solution is certified by the DEA to support electronic prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS). Our solution is backed by SureScripts, which connects with over 95% of national pharmacies. 

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Seamless Integration with EHR and PM Solutions

With RXNT’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) solution, you will be able to deliver electronic prescriptions and manage patient records from one seamless platform. This patient healthcare data can be securely shared from one system to another, helping to achieve healthcare interoperability.

 

Our medical billing and scheduling tools, as part of the practice management system, help you bill accurately, get reimbursed more quickly, and improve patient engagement.

E-Prescribing is quick and easy. Great reports to keep your office on top of Meaningful Use. By far the best EHR company out there.

Kari
Family Practice Walk-In Clinic

RXNT is very user-friendly. Easy to customize and you know right away that your Rx was sent electronically to the pharmacy.

Denise
VITAS Healthcare

I have tried three e-prescribing software programs and RXNT is by far the best. I use it at work, at home, and on my iPad, and it is extremely easy.

Richard
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

Check Out These Helpful Resources for Prescribers

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