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In healthcare, change has always been the name of the game. Over the years, some of these changes have felt imposed upon our industry without consensus or clear logic. Yet other requirements are designed from the ground up to make things better for patients. The new NCPDP e-prescribing standard is one such requirement.

On New Year’s Day, just as we’re gearing up on our own resolutions, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin requiring that the healthcare industry use a new standard to replace SCRIPT v10.6.

Read the news release: Healthcare Organizations Make Major Progress in Transition to New SCRIPT Standard Ahead of January 1, 2020 CMS Deadline.

NCPDP SCRIPT Version 2017071 will modernize e-prescribing, improve patient safety and prescription accuracy, and create workflow efficiencies for healthcare providers and pharmacies.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the benefits the new standard provides.

NCPDP SCRIPT Version 2017071 will:

  • Reduce the need for manual processes for patient data exchange that disrupt provider and pharmacy workflows
  • Enable pharmacies to electronically request prescriptions for medications they have not previously dispensed or readily transfer prescriptions from pharmacy to pharmacy
  • Enrich medication history with additional data elements required
  • Serve the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) settings with transactions that lend long-awaited clarity, automation and efficiency to this unique healthcare area.

As part of our commitment to convene the nation’s most trusted and capable health information network, Surescripts is happy to provide ongoing support to healthcare organizations in successfully completing this transition.

Read NCPDP SCRIPT Version 2017071 Frequently Asked Questions. And here are Five Things to Help You Through SCRIPT v2017071 Migration.