On December 10, 2018, Surescripts established its sunset date for E-Prescribing and Medication History solutions using NCPDP SCRIPT standard v10.6 for December 1, 2020. In April 2020, we announced that we would adjust our plan to allow those end users who are fully dedicated to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic additional time to complete their migration. The original sunset date was extended to September 1, 2021.
All electronic health records (EHR) vendors, health systems, pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) who utilize Surescripts E-Prescribing or Medication History must complete their migrations to SCRIPT v2017071 by September 1, 2021, in order for their users to continue to use these services. The NCPDP SCRIPT standard v2017071 was adopted by CMS in 2018 and is required for all Medicare Part D drug plans.
If their vendor is also certified for E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS), and they do not complete their migration to SCRIPT v2017071 by September 1, 2021, their users will not be able to use Surescripts E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances and will need to find alternate means of prescribing controlled substances. Electronic prescribing is required for some or all prescriptions in 32 states. In addition, CMS requires that prescriptions for most controlled substances under the Medicare Part D program be sent electronically, utilizing NCPDP SCRIPT standard v2017071.