How Will Prescription Pricing in EHRs Impact Your Practice?

Electronic health record (EHR) vendors and CVS Health are joining forces with Surescripts to make it so that patients and physicians will be able to see drug cost and benefit information during office visits.

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Six EHR vendors, CVS Health, Surescripts, and Express Scripts are working together to provide physicians with prescription benefits and pricing, so that doctors can better inform patients during office visits.

Patients and physicians will be able to have more meaningful discussions regarding their care and realistic options.

Starting as early as next year, physicians will be able to have discussions with patients regarding costs of drugs, given patients’ specific health insurance coverage.

The EHR companies that will add the benefit and price information are:

  1. Epic,
  2. Allscripts,
  3. Cerner,
  4. GE,
  5. Aprima, and
  6. Practice Fusion.

The will also suggested other alternatives, such as therapeutic alternatives.

This service will reach over half of the physicians across the country and almost two-thirds of patients in the U.S.

This will allow patients to choose more affordable options, and understand the pros and cons of their choices.

Let us know what you think! Will it be helpful to be able to share drug cost information with your patients? Or will this be overly burdensome on physicians?

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