February 2016

New York Takes the Lead in EPCS

NY State EPCS infogram_LI_1064x800 (1)Today, Surescripts released new data about its Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) solution, and how it’s helping New York tackle prescription drug abuse. In fact, prescribers in New York are adopting EPCS at five times the national rate of 5.8 percent. New York’s prescribers are embracing EPCS, and 27 percent of total prescribers are enabled to digitally prescribe controlled substances.

Surescripts’ Ken Whittemore, Senior Vice President of Professional and Regulatory Affairs, said, “Physicians in New York have done a really nice job in preparing for this change. Pharmacies have stepped up in a very big way as well. New York’s impressive adoption rate shows its healthcare community’s commitment to not only meeting the I-STOP mandate, but also recognizing one of the state’s most pressing and alarming healthcare challenges.”

I-STOP is the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (I-STOP) mandate, which requires that all prescriptions be transmitted electronically in New York by March 27, 2016.

The mandate, which was previously slated for March 27 of last year, was delayed due to political and industry concerns, as well as the Long Term Care market’s sense of unpreparedness.

Whittemore is hopeful that the gap in adoption will close quickly, especially as the steps to comply are similar to other processes physicians and pharmacies regularly deal with.

“There’s still time to implement and adopt EPCS, “said Whittemore. “It certainly takes a bit of work for prescribers to complete identity proofing and credentialing, but the process isn’t all that different from others in terms of time and effort. And the great part is, once it’s done, it’s done.”

Visit getEPCS.com to review the steps to enabling the electronic transmission of controlled substance prescriptions. 


March 2018

Surescripts Commends Congressional Leadership as EPCS Act Gains Traction in Senate, Following House Bill

In a letter presented to the U.S. Senate on February 27, Surescripts expressed strong support for the Every Prescription Conveyed Securely (EPCS) Act, and thanked the policymakers who have championed this important bi-partisan bill. The letter was submitted for the record the same day the bill was introduced to the Senate. Read more...

January 2018

Surescripts Supports the AMA’s Work to Reduce Barriers to EPCS

The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest association of physicians and medical students, is working to reduce barriers to the implementation of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), as stated at its 2017 AMA Interim Meeting in Honolulu. Read more...

December 2017

Technology’s Essential Role in Combatting Opioid Addiction

As most of us know from the news coverage or personal experience, our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Opioid overdose caused more than 33,000 deaths in 2015 alone, and kills 91 Americans each day. Read more...