E-Prescribing Will Allow for Reduced Prescription Errors and Increased Safety for Consumers.
Irvine , Calif. - December 9, 2008 - Prescription Solutions, a pharmacy benefits management (PBM) organization and a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, announced today that it has completed certification with Surescripts-RxHub, and has entered into an agreement for e-prescribing services. The new relationship supports Prescription Solutions' dedication to providing electronic prescribing or "e-prescribing" on behalf of its clients. The e-prescribing program engages the mail service pharmacy in addition to retail pharmacy partners.
"Our e-prescribing initiative is quickly moving forward and we've created a comprehensive e-prescribing program for all of our partners," said Ed Feaver, president of Prescription Solutions. "E-prescribing is a valuable tool to promote patient safety and encourage generic substitution, and as we continue to work closely with physicians, we look forward to their growing engagement in this very important program for our customers."
The connection to Surescripts-RxHub allows physicians who e-prescribe using certified technology applications to electronically access valuable real-time pharmacy and payer information before prescriptions are written, thereby reducing errors and increasing physician effectiveness. Before a physician or provider prepares an e-prescription, eligibility and formulary information will be provided through the certified application. With patient consent, medication history can also be provided. When the e-prescription is ready, the connection to Surescripts-RxHub allows the prescriber to electronically transmit the e-prescription to a pharmacy of
the patient's choice.
"The addition of Prescription Solutions to the Surescripts-RxHub network is another important step towards promoting the value and benefits that patients, prescribers and pharmacists gain through e-prescribing," said Tom Groom, senior vice president of business development at Surescripts-RxHub.
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) increases patient safety by eliminating illegible prescriptions and allowing for real-time safety checks. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has recommended that all prescriptions be written and received electronically by the year 2010.
About Prescription Solutions:
Prescription Solutions is an innovative pharmacy benefit management company managing the prescription drug benefit of commercial, Medicare and other governmental health plans, as well as those of employers and unions. A UnitedHealth Group company, Prescription Solutions serves members through a national network of 60,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art mail service pharmacies in Carlsbad, California, and Overland Park, Kansas, which have both earned the prestigious Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites™ (VIPPS®) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®). The company was recently ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Mail Order Pharmacies" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 National Pharmacy StudySM, as well as being named by WilsonRx® as the #1 National Top-Tier PBM, and #1 National Mail Order Pharmacy for customer satisfaction two years in a row. Prescription Solutions also won URAC's 2008 Best Practices for Consumer Empowerment and Protection Award in the PBM category. Additional information can be found at www.prescriptionsolutions.com.
About UnitedHealth Group:
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to making health care work better. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through six operating businesses: UnitedHealthcare, Ovations, AmeriChoice, OptumHealth, Ingenix, and Prescription Solutions. Through its family of businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 70 million individuals nationwide.
Surescripts-RxHub gives healthcare providers secure, electronic access to prescription information that can save their patients' lives and reduce the cost of healthcare for all. Available during emergencies or routine care, Surescripts-RxHub's network is used by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners nationwide to exchange health information and prescribe without paper. The next time you or anyone you know goes for a checkup and your healthcare provider takes out their pad and pen to write a prescription, take the opportunity to ask them for an e-prescription instead. For more information, please visit www.SurescriptsRxHub.com .