Effective September 23, 2022, Ohio House Bill 193 will mandate that all prescriptions for controlled substances must be transmitted electronically, with few exceptions. In this article, we will go over what electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is, who the new mandate affects, and what the benefits of electronic prescribing are. We’ll also discuss how an IT partner can help you stay compliant.
What is Electronic Prescribing (E-Prescribing)?
E-prescribing, also known as electronic prescribing or digital prescribing, is the computer-based electronic generation, transmission, and filling of a medication order. This allows prescribers to electronically send accurate, legible, and complete prescription information to pharmacies.
Who Does this Affect?
This new mandate affects any prescriber who writes prescriptions for controlled substances in the United States. This includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and dentists. Because of the new mandate, these prescribers will need to start using an EHR or e-prescribing system that is certified for controlled substance prescribing.
There are also exceptions in situations where it is impossible to write an e-prescription, such as dealing with power outages or internet connection issues. There is also an exemption for any providers who write 50 or fewer schedule II prescriptions..
For many prescribers, this will be a difficult change. Many will struggle with the integration of the new EHR system and with meeting the requirements of the new mandate. If you are concerned about your ability to meet the requirements of the new mandate, DMA Tech Solutions can help. We can help you integrate with the new EHR system and make sure that you are in compliance with the new law.
What Are the Benefits of E-Prescribing?
There are many benefits of electronic prescribing, both for prescribers and patients. Let’s review a few:
- Safer than paper prescribing. These systems have built-in safety features, like drug interaction checking, that can help prevent errors.
- Faster than paper prescribing. They can quickly generate legible and accurate prescriptions, which can save time for both prescribers and patients.
- E-prescribing systems can handle every prescription from one place. This means that prescribers no longer have to keep track of multiple paper prescription pads.
- Reduces medication errors. Studies have shown that EHRs and e-prescribing systems can reduce medication errors by up to 80%.
- Improve patient outcomes. EHRs and e-prescribing systems can help prescribers make more informed decisions about a patient’s care.
- Decrease patient visits. EHRs and e-prescribing systems can help prescribers manage a patient’s care remotely, which can lead to fewer in-person visits.
- Save on healthcare costs. Studies have estimated that EHRs and e-prescribing systems could save the US healthcare system between $140 billion and $240 billion over 10 years.
Let DMA Tech Solutions Help Your Business Integrate with the New Mandate
If you are a prescriber who is affected by the new mandate, DMA Tech Solutions can help you get started with e-prescribing. We can help you choose and implement an EHR or e-prescribing system that is certified for controlled substance prescribing. We can also provide training and support to help you get started with e-prescribing. Contact us today to learn more.