We are excited to present this article, reprinted with permission from Andrew Mellin, MD, Vice President of Medical Informatics at Surescripts.
As a physician, I’m very familiar with this scenario. You see a patient and prescribe a medication. They show up at the pharmacy to pick it up only to learn they can’t afford it. The pharmacist calls you for an alternative. You then revisit the patient chart hours, sometimes days, after they’ve left your office, starting the whole process over again.
To help physicians, this short video series shares how price transparency tools within an Electronic Health Record (EHR) can eliminate rework and unnecessary prior authorizations—as well as sticker shock—by allowing you and your patient to quickly see out-of-pocket costs at the point of care.
The series includes four episodes on a number of topics, including:
- Using your EHR to choose the most affordable medication
- Using your EHR to talk with patients about drug costs
- Preparing for 2021 CMS price transparency requirements
- Avoiding burnout by eliminating rework
Having a tool like real-time prescription benefit that delivers patient-specific medication price transparency at the point of prescribing is critical. Spoiler alert: here’s how it works:
- Within QuanumTM EHR, select the drug, dose, quantity and pharmacy
- Within 1-2 seconds, Quanum EHR will present to you the patient’s direct out-of-pocket cost based on benefit design, deductible, and pharmacy chosen
- You’ll also see alternatives that may be lower cost and don’t require prior authorization
Watch the video series to find out how you can improve medication adherence and decrease patient out of pocket costs by working with your patients to make the most informed decisions, together, at the point of care. For more information on Quanum EHR, contact Sales Support at 1.888.835.3409 or via email.
Andrew Mellin, MD, MBA, is Vice President of Medical Informatics at Surescripts, where he helps the Surescripts Network Alliance improve the care experience for both providers and patients with a focus on technology and smart workflow solutions. Dr Mellin has over 20 years of experience in health information technology, patient quality and safety, consumer health and EHR implementation and adoption. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and worked as a part-time hospitalist in St. Paul, MN for 15 years.
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