The Clinician’s Guide to e-Prescribing, a document that introduces the concept to physicians who still use traditional paper-based prescriptions, has received a refresh.
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The guide is a collaboration among six national health care organizations — the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the e-Health Initiative and the Center for Improving Medication Management.
The document was originally released in 2008, but health care reform, the HITECH Act, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s approval of e-prescribing for controlled substances and changes to the Medicare Fee Schedule for 2011 all made an update necessary, the organizations note.
To that end, each of these topics is covered in a separate section of the updated document. In addition, there’s a buyer’s guide, which lists key questions to ask e-prescribing software vendors about functionality, hardware and services, as well as a breakdown of the meaningful use criteria that pertain specifically to e-prescribing.
Overall, it’s a thorough document and should be helpful for anyone needing an introduction to e-prescribing technology.