In New York a definitive end is in sight.
We can help your practice stay on top of the latest healthcare news, rules, regulations and trends. Subscribe to stay current and up to date on important matters that will impact your practice. (To subscribe to our blog click here).
Starting on March 27, 2016, New York will require physicians to electronically create prescriptions, as opposed to being able to hand-write their scripts.
New York is the first state to require electronic prescriptions and back it with civil and criminal penalties.
There are also penalties such as fines and imprisonment for physicians that fail to comply. Minnesota requires electronic prescriptions, however there are no penalties in place for doctors who give handwritten prescriptions.
The New York switch is part of a larger initiative called I-Stop. I-Stop was created to fight against the prescription opioid abuse epidemic. Under I-Stop, an online registry was created so ensure doctors can spot a history of abuse.
The electronic prescriptions are the next step in I-Stop, as they are expected to reduce fraud and mistakes.
There are problems stemming from a lack of flexibility. Patients need to know where they want to pick up their prescriptions ahead of time. There are also issues when the selected pharmacy does not have the medication and when the medication is too expensive.
Doctors have started to prescribe common medications and doses to avoid having to reissue prescriptions for medications that are not in stock.
What are your thoughts on the shift to electronic prescriptions? Let us know by commenting below!
In our next blog post, we will keep you informed of related issues. To get this important information delivered directly to your mail box, click here to Subscribe.
Do you need help staying current and compliant with the latest laws, rules and regulations? We can help. To contact us about your new government rules and regulations, your practice’s risk assessment, or about your other legal needs: CLICK HERE.
P.S. If you or your patients are interested in consumer healthcare issues, check out myhealthspin.com.