Surescripts Will Sunset SCRIPT v10.6 in:

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DON’T LEAVE PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS HANGING.

The NCPDP SCRIPT standard v2017071 creates workflow efficiencies and enhances prescription accuracy. If you haven’t started your migration or will not complete it by September 1, 2021, your users will experience service disruptions. Contact your Surescripts Account Manager to set an action plan today.

UNABLE TO USE SURESCRIPTS E-PRESCRIBING

End users will be unable to use Surescripts E-Prescribing to route prescriptions to pharmacies electronically.

NO ACCESS TO SURESCRIPTS MEDICATION HISTORY

End users will not have access to Surescripts Medication History to inform medication reconciliation and electronic prescribing.

As of May 2021.

THE MAJORITY OF THE SURESCRIPTS NETWORK HAS ALREADY MIGRATED

All pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and all health systems using eligible Epic software have completed the transition for E-Prescribing. Some pharmacies and just under half of all other EHR vendors have yet to complete their migrations.

Are you ready?

If you are a vendor and are unsure of the status of your migration, please contact your Surescripts Account Manager. If you are an end-user and your vendor hasn’t upgraded or isn't live with NCPDP SCRIPT Standard v2017071, contact them immediately to avoid service interruptions on September 1.

SINCE 2017, SURESCRIPTS HAS LED THE CHARGE TO SCRIPT STANDARD v2017071

Surescripts continues to lead industry efforts to transition with:

Communications:

  • 177 customer emails, opened nearly 37,000 times
  • 1 news release
  • Features in 8 Network Alliance newsletters

Support:

  • 7 Intelligence in Action articles
  • 9 product guides and technical documents
  • 17 pieces of collateral, including extensive FAQs and support documents

Events:

  • 11 customer bulletins
  • 42 webinars
  • 10 in-person meetings and conferences

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Modernizing E-Prescribing & Medication History

NCPDP SCRIPT standard v2017071 is intended to facilitate the transfer of prescription data between pharmacies, prescribers and payers. It helps reduce administrative burdens for providers & increase patient safety by:

  • Reducing the need for manual processes for patient data exchange that disrupt provider and pharmacy workflows, including ability to note patient allergies, preferred language and international addresses.
  • Allowing for the drug name and quantity of up to 25 different ingredients in one electronic prescription, making the electronic prescribing of compounded prescriptions possible.
  • Expanding the sig, or patient instructions, field from a maximum of 140 characters to a maximum of 1,000 characters, helping eliminate confusion and delays in pharmacies.
  • Allowing prescribers to cancel a prescription, and pharmacies to electronically request prescriptions for medications they have not previously dispensed or readily transfer prescriptions between pharmacies.
  • Enriching medication history with additional data elements.
  • Serving long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) settings with transactions that lend long-awaited clarity, automation and efficiency to this unique healthcare area.

Resources

NCPDP Website

  • The following NCPDP SCRIPT Standard v2017071 materials are available to NCPDP members:
    • NCPDP SCRIPT standard v2017071 XML Files
    • NCPDP SCRIPT standard v2017071 Implementation Guide
    • NCPDP SCRIPT standard v2017071 XML Standards
    • V2017071 NCPDP SCRIPT standard Examples Guide
    • NCPDP SCRIPT 2017071 and 10.6 Comparison
    • NCPDP SCRIPT v201707 Data Dictionary and External Code
  • SCRIPT Implementation Recommendation Guide

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is the Surescripts sunset date so far after the CMS implementation date?

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.

How will end-users be impacted if their vendor doesn’t complete their migration before the sunset date?

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 end-users are unable to use Surescripts E-Prescribing, can they still prescribe controlled substances?

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.