July 2016

Alert: New E-Prescription Quality Guidelines

Six years ago, Surescripts implemented the Clinical Quality Management program to measure, monitor and improve the quality of e-prescriptions flowing through the network. As part of this initiative, we conducted an analysis that revealed the absence of widely recognized guidelines and best practices for e-prescription messaging data quality. In response, we decided to create our own E-Prescription Quality Guidelines to assist all e-prescribing participants in optimizing the quality of their e-prescribing practices. These original guidelines were developed with input from diverse e-prescribing stakeholders that included medical and pharmacy professional associations, EHR and pharmacy system vendors, and, of course, practicing clinicians. With more than two-thirds of all prescriptions being sent electronically, e-prescribing is arguably becoming the de-facto standard of practice. We have recently revised these guidelines to include critical updates and address challenges that have arisen with increased usage. In addition, updated guidelines now include e-prescribing best practice recommendations based on strategies that have been implemented and proven successful by EHR and pharmacy system vendors.  The updated guidelines also include a new appendix specifically designed to assist practicing prescribers create high quality e-prescriptions.  

We are proud of the progress we have made in improving the quality of electronic prescribing and we hope you will find this latest version of our E-Prescription Quality Guidelines even more useful.

Please comment below or contact us if you have any questions.


February 2018

It’s Time to Go for Gold in Prescription Accuracy

While watching this year’s Olympic Games, I found myself reflecting on the tremendous power of teamwork. No matter what sport top athletes compete in, they likely have a broad and deep team of supporters who help them identify and overcome obstacles, and ultimately become the best they can be. Read more...

January 2018

The CMS Proposed Update to NCPDP SCRIPT: Let’s Talk Timing and Consistency

In late November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule that calls for an update to the electronic prescribing standards used by the prescribers, pharmacies, their software vendors and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans who serve Medicare beneficiaries. Read more...

January 2018

AMA Recognizes the Need for Providers to More Easily Cancel Prescriptions

The American Medical Association (AMA) supports greater adoption of electronic prescription cancellation solutions, as resolved at its recent 2017 AMA Interim Meeting in Honolulu. The nation’s largest association of physicians and medical students announced its new policy with a House of Delegates resolution stating its support for “the creation, standardization, and implementation of electronic prescription cancellation from all electronic medical record vendors and that these orders be accepted by pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers.” Read more...