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Apr 17 2011   9:16PM GMT

Last call for eRx

Posted by: RedaChouffani

With the electronic Prescription deadline fast approaching, there are still few organizations that are attempting to submit at least 10 electronic prescriptions by June 30th of 2011. This will allow them to avoid 1% penalty to their Medicare reimbursement. For some this maybe a simple task if they are already using EHR. This is the case since some of these paperless offices have already been prescribing electronically and it would be just a matter of having the EHR vendor turn on the electronic prescribing functionality. But for others who are still using paper charts, and are attempting to find a way out of the penalties there are very few options that will allow them to meet the minimum requirements this late in the game.

There are many online electronic prescribing certified systems that can allow physicians and PAs to use the web site and submit electronic prescription. These products provide a quick way to get on board, and with an easy web based GUI meet the requirements of CMS. Some of these products that are available are: Dr. First, AllScripts, Care 360, and few other ones. While AllScripts offer free e-prescribing (which they do), there are many areas that are not available for free on the site and can prove to be a major hassle for the practice. Things that require a monthly fee are: such as interfacing, or uploading patients files, viewing some of the medication’s detail and as well as some of the reports. But keep in mind that for something that’s free, they definitely have an advantage, they even offer easy to follow videos and tutorials to allow the group to self-train. Some of the other solution providers such as Dr. First that has packages that are very affordable and seem to work very well with the practices.

But one of the most important steps needed here is to review all the different vendors and their options. Many of them offer mobile Apps for e prescribing which can be critical if you are a surgeon and constantly on go. The good news is that many of them work well on the iPad/ and the Android Based tablets through the browser, so if you decide not to go the App route, the browser may just be what the doctor prescribed.

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