Information is Power to Fight the Opioid Crisis

July 26, 2018

Addressing the nation’s opioid crisis is no simple task. It’s a multi-factorial problem that must include multi-pronged solutions—including cooperation and collaboration among the medical and pharmacy communities, government, social programs, and regulatory agencies. PDMPs (prescription drug monitoring programs) are one way that states are working with doctors to keep them informed about their patients’ opioid prescribing histories, especially as related to coordination of care with other providers.

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In-Workflow Prescription Drug Benefit Check

March 15, 2017

Without ever leaving the e-prescribing workflow, myBenefitCheckSM allows physicians to virtually go to the pharmacy with their patients. By providing patient specific drug coverage and pricing information along with therapeutic equivalent lower cost drug and pharmacy alternatives myBenefitCheck ensures the most clinically relevant course of action with the patient’s budget, well-being and medication adherence in mind.

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Virginia Mandates EPCS

March 15, 2017

Standing in front of the joint session of Congress, President Trump vowed to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic.” The same week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed legislation mandating statewide electronic prescribing of controlled substances by 2020. The legislation, along with the executive’s mention of the devastating problem, signals an emerging trend: state and federal government officials are taking action against opioid addiction and are using EPCS as a vehicle to curb the rising death toll.

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Helping Physicians Take Full Advantage of EPCS

April 21, 2016

With e-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) legal in all fifty states for Schedules II – V, and more than 54,000 pharmacies across the country now EPCS-enabled, it’s time to turn our focus to helping physicians take full advantage of the workflow and patient safety benefits of e-prescribing for both legend drugs and controlled substances.

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DrFirst Interviews Healthcare Thought Leaders

March 11, 2016

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…unless it’s a ton of great ideas, new connections, valuable insights–and a fever, chills and rattling chest! (Did anyone else spend a few days in bed with that nasty #HIMSSflu that seemed to take down a significant cross-section of the conference cohort?)   We’re excited to share with you a collection of conversations that the DrFirst Roving Reporter team conducted with executives from across the healthcare industry.

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A Case for Electronic Prior Authorization

December 1, 2014

The following might sound like a joke but the scenario isn’t funny: A patient walks into a pharmacy to pick up her prescription, and heads to the counter to get her prescription filled only to learn that the drug requires prior authorization from her insurance company.

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EPCS Adoption: What Comes First, the Chicken (Pharmacies) or the Egg (Physicians)

November 21, 2014

When it comes to EPCS adoption, there’s a classic case of “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” In this particular instance the question is: which comes first in terms of controlled substance electronic prescribing adoption, the pharmacy or the provider?

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Hello, It’s Telemedicine Calling.

November 4, 2014

As I sit in my home office with the security icon blinking on the screen of my company-issued laptop, it dawns on me how much nearly every profession relies on remote communication. From banking, to education, and even to matchmaking, people use technology to communicate with others near and far, often making life changing decisions at a distance.

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T-Minus 169 days…the Clock is Ticking for New York Providers

October 3, 2014

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing Effective March 27, 2015 This is the headline that jumps off of the page on the New York Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s (BNE) website, and March 27 is the drop-dead date, no ifs ands or buts. March 27 is only 169 days away, and all physicians, with few exceptions, must go paperless for both legend and controlled substances.

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Elements of a Patient-Centered Encounter: Enhancing Patient Engagement and Accountability

September 19, 2014

Increasingly provider compensation and penalties are associated with the quality of care they deliver to their patients and whether those patients heed their advice. Although there is not a quick fix formula to ensure a patient complies with provider guidance, strategies exist to enhance patient engagement and accountability.

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