Ohio Supports e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances Initiative

Ohio is involved with a national initiative to encourage the e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). To date, most providers have written paper prescriptions for controlled substances. Many EHR vendors and many prescribers were not ready to meet the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requirements for use of the EHR to send controlled substance prescriptions. However, over the past 2 years, more vendors have undergone the certification required for their systems to be able to send controlled substances prescriptions electronically. Now, 78% of Ohio pharmacies are certified to receive controlled substances e-prescriptions and many physician/prescriber EHR systems are certified to send them.

If you are interested in pursuing controlled substance e-prescribing for yourself or your providers, please contact your EHR vendor to find out if the vendor is certified to send the prescriptions. You may also check the vendor’s status at the Surescripts website (which monitors all electronic prescriptions nationally). Click here for the link.

If your vendor is certified to send the prescriptions (ie, has two factor authentication built in to the EHR), watch for more information in the next month on how to become credentialed to send controlled substances e-prescriptions in Ohio.

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