ePrescribing of Controlled Substances
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) distributed a letter to all providers of prescriptions informing them that on June 1, 2010, providers have the option to use their ePrescribing software technology to write prescriptions for schedule ll, lll, lV, and V controlled substances.
Controlled Substances Impact to Electronic Prescribers (ePrescribing)
This change allows states to revise laws to allow companies that provide ePrescribing technologies to begin developing the mechanisms needed for ePrescribing controlled substances. State laws vary on ePrescribing, and we will work with our ePrescribing software partners to monitor the progress of legislative and regulatory changes.
This will allow development and certification processes for ePrescribing software (such as AdvancedMD EHR software) and pharmacy software to be vetted by the industry and certification processes to be put into place to ensure compliance with the DEA requirements.
ePrescribing of Controlled Substances: What to Know & Do
Nothing right now. Until such time that both ePrescribing and pharmacy software are certified, the prescribing of schedule ll, III, IV and V controlled substances will remain paper based.
AdvancedMD Software: Ready for ePrescribing of Controlled Substances
- AdvancedMD is monitoring the progress being made at the federal and state levels on the amending of laws and regulations regarding the prescription of controlled substances.
- We are preparing workflow modifications in our EHR ePrescribing module to support these changes.
- Prescribing of schedule ll, III, IV and V controlled substances requires AdvancedMD to identity proof the prescriber prior to transmission of prescriptions. This will require additional workflow modifications in the software and will require the provider use a hard token or biometric device during the prescribing process. When the requirements for provider identity verification are settled, we will provide information about our development plans to accommodate these new requirements.
- When software certification requirements are finalized, AdvancedMD will make the necessary changes to ensure the certification of our ePrescribing offering.
Learn your responsibilities for ePrescribing schedule ll, lll, lV, and V controlled substances: U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control.
Learn the interim final rule for ePrescribing controlled substances: DEA letter.