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Prescriber’s Digest

Prescriber’s
Digest

Embracing the Future of Healthcare: The Permanent Expansion of Telemedicine Flexibilities

Recent years have shown us the indispensable role telemedicine plays. It has been a beacon for mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Among these, buprenorphine prescriptions via telehealth have stood out. They’ve been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing this, the DEA, alongside HHS and SAMHSA, plans to make these telehealth flexibilities a permanent fixture.

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Doctors in Georgia can continue to prescribe controlled substances via virtual visits

The Georgia Composite Medical Board has recently changed its decision. Now, doctors can once again prescribe controlled substances. These include medications like painkillers and ADHD treatments. The prescriptions can be done through online visits.

This new decision comes after doctors raised concerns. Psychiatrists, in particular, were vocal. They were responding to the return of old rules. These rules, effective from January 1, had restricted online prescribing.

The old rules led to confusion and worry. They affected healthcare providers and patients alike. This was especially a problem for people in rural areas. It also impacted those who find it hard to visit doctors in person.

On Thursday, the Medical Board took action. They stated that doctors could use online visits for giving prescriptions. The Board also announced plans to make their rules clearer. They intend to review these changes by May 1.

 

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DEA and HHS Extend Telemedicine Flexibilities through 2024

On October 06, 2023, DEA announced in their official website that:
DEA received more than 38,000 comments on its proposed telemedicine rules and recently held two days of public listening sessions related to those rules. We continue to carefully consider the input received and are working to promulgate a final set of telemedicine regulations by the fall of 2024, giving patients and medical practitioners time to plan for, and adapt to, the new rules once issued. Accordingly, DEA, jointly with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has extended current telemedicine flexibilities through December 31, 2024. The full text of the extension, entitled “Second Temporary Extension of COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescription of Controlled Medications,” was submitted to the Federal Register jointly with HHS on September 29.

By H2H DRx | October 2023

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Electronic Prior Authorization

Spend less time on PAs & more time on patients

Electronic Prior Authorization enables prescribers, pharmacists and technicians to quickly and easily obtain prior authorizations so patients can start their medications sooner.

When a prescription prior authorization (PA) is submitted electronically, patients get their medications faster and are more likely to adhere to their prescribed treatment.

As health systems continue to grow at a rapid pace, ensuring an ePA solution is readily available will not only help reduce provider burden but may also benefit patient health. The adoption of ePA decrease in time to therapy and, overall, an increase in patient medication adherence.
Here’s why ePA:

  • Faster to send and get reviews
  • Electronic prior authorization improves speed to therapy.
  • Electronic prior authorization ensures patients take the right medication.
  • Easier to use for prescribers, nurses and office staff
  • Works for any prescription drug and any pharmacy
  • Keeps all your ePA documentation and requests in one place

Get started with one of online portals:

Connect to all PBMs and payers with ePA from Surescripts. It’s easy to submit ePA requests and you can save valuable time.

Communication chart between Provider and Payer through Surescripts:

By MT | October 2021

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Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances is the electronic transmission of a prescription for a controlled substance to a pharmacy. Prescribers are encouraged to write and transmit prescriptions for controlled substances electronically to increase safety and security.

EPCS also creates Identity Proofing responsibilities for EHR vendors, prescribers and pharmacies by requiring two-factor authentication.
Requirements to get started with EPCS:

  • Certified EHR
  • Identity Proofing
  • Two – Factor Authentication

Identity Proofing is required for Providers who can prescribe controlled substances. In order to be able to prescribe controlled substances, the prescriber will have to register with ID. me for Identity proofing and Two-factor authentication.

Benefits of EPCS:

  • Improves patient safety
  • Better workflow efficiencies
  • Improves efficiency of the workflow
  • Increases security
  • Improves patient satisfaction
  • Cost-effective for patient
By MT | October 2021

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