We are excited to present this article, reprinted with permission from Tara Dragert, Vice President of Product Innovation at Surescripts.
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 January 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) required that the healthcare industry use a new standard to replace SCRIPT v10.6. NCPDP SCRIPT Version 2017071 will modernize e-prescribing, improve patient safety and prescription accuracy, and create workflow efficiencies for healthcare providers and pharmacies. Details are shared in a final rule from CMS.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the benefits NCPDP SCRIPT Version 2017071 provides:
- Reduces the need for manual processes for patient data exchange that disrupt provider and pharmacy workflows
- Enables pharmacies to electronically request prescriptions for medications they have not previously dispensed or readily transfer prescriptions from pharmacy to pharmacy
- Enriches medication history with additional data elements required
- Serves 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 Vice President of Product Innovation, Tara Dragert leads the product innovation team responsible for Surescripts clinical history, clinical direct messaging and e-prescribing solutions, and the critical performance improvement program. She has spent her career in healthcare technology and has a passion for identifying technology solutions and continuously driving improvement and change.
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