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Surescripts reports e-Prescribing by pharmacists is steadily rising

A study backed by Surescripts found that more pharmacists are electronically prescribing medications as they assist doctors in helping patients with chronic illnesses, which shows an interesting evolution in the ecosystem of primary care. Surescripts reported a 12.1% increase per year between 2018 and 2022 in prescribers outside of traditional primary care providers, while the number of clinicians who provide primary care grew by less than 1%.

As concerns about the gaps in primary care access rise, particularly in rural areas, this data shows a growing trend in the field where pharmacists have been lessening the burdens of physicians in a move towards more team-based care for patients. This change is welcomed by prescribers and pharmacists alike: Not only can help lessen physician burnout as they can focus on providing critical care, but this benefits patients who visit their pharmacists more often than their doctors.

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E-Prescribing: The Future of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Wendy Crouse, a Texas-based independent house call veterinarian is the first veterinarian who is testing e-prescribing software that is pharmacy-agnostic. This move is bridging the gap between pet and human doctors in terms of being able to prescribe medications without needing to phone pharmacies and manually calling in every prescription they write. A process that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, and can require staff to hand write prescriptions that are then delivered by patients with days of delays, now takes 5 minutes or less with e-prescribing software.

This transition also allows Dr. Crouse to honor patient’s pharmacy requests more easily, whether it be a mom-and-pop shop or a larger pharmacy in a different area. An expanded pharmacy selection also makes medication pick-up easier for patients by being more forgiving to working schedules and distances. While e-prescribing for veterinarians does not include controlled substances like it does for human doctors right now, it is expected to be developed soon.

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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.

 

Are you based out in Georgia and looking for an e-prescription solution for controlled substances?

Schedule a demo of H2H Digital Rx

Are you ready? Please email us at drxsales@h2hsolutions.com or call (248) 675 1200 Extn:429

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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.

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Surescripts reports e-Prescribing by pharmacists is steadily rising

A study backed by Surescripts found that more pharmacists are electronically prescribing medications as they assist doctors in helping patients with chronic illnesses, which shows an interesting evolution in the ecosystem of primary care. Surescripts reported a 12.1% increase per year between 2018 and 2022 in prescribers outside of traditional primary care providers, while the number of clinicians who provide primary care grew by less than 1%.

As concerns about the gaps in primary care access rise, particularly in rural areas, this data shows a growing trend in the field where pharmacists have been lessening the burdens of physicians in a move towards more team-based care for patients. This change is welcomed by prescribers and pharmacists alike: Not only can help lessen physician burnout as they can focus on providing critical care, but this benefits patients who visit their pharmacists more often than their doctors.

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E-Prescribing: The Future of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Wendy Crouse, a Texas-based independent house call veterinarian is the first veterinarian who is testing e-prescribing software that is pharmacy-agnostic. This move is bridging the gap between pet and human doctors in terms of being able to prescribe medications without needing to phone pharmacies and manually calling in every prescription they write. A process that usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, and can require staff to hand write prescriptions that are then delivered by patients with days of delays, now takes 5 minutes or less with e-prescribing software.

This transition also allows Dr. Crouse to honor patient’s pharmacy requests more easily, whether it be a mom-and-pop shop or a larger pharmacy in a different area. An expanded pharmacy selection also makes medication pick-up easier for patients by being more forgiving to working schedules and distances. While e-prescribing for veterinarians does not include controlled substances like it does for human doctors right now, it is expected to be developed soon.

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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.

 

Are you based out in Georgia and looking for an e-prescription solution for controlled substances?

Schedule a demo of H2H Digital Rx

Are you ready? Please email us at drxsales@h2hsolutions.com or call (248) 675 1200 Extn:429