How To Comply With New York I-STOP

September 1, 2015

New York providers need to be aware of the two key requirements in order to comply with coming I-STOP mandate deadlines: E-prescribing Requirement All prescriptions for both legend and controlled drugs in the state of New York must be sent electronically (e-prescribed) by March 27, 2016.

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I-STOP or Not - Why Physicians Should Start E-prescribing Now

May 27, 2015

Many New York physicians feel as if they dodged a bullet on March 13th, when Governor Cuomo signed bill S2486, delaying the mandatory e-prescribing component of the I-STOP bill for one year. We now have until March 27, 2016 to comply with the law, but that deadline is closer than it appears. 

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VIDEO: AHRQ Highlights Pioneer Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Study

August 26, 2014

Several years ago, we embarked on a journey that no other health IT company had taken to date: we participated in a study that dramatically shifted the e-prescribing landscape by adding controlled substances as a capability. I am happy to share that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a video about the three-year project.

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Goodbye Dr. Mostashari

September 27, 2013

Perhaps because DrFirst is located in the Washington, DC area, and perhaps because we have a strong belief in standards and therefore participate in multiple workgroups tackling national issues, I’ve gotten to know the four individuals who have held the position as National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) during their tenures–some more than others.

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What’s Needed for EPCS: Critical Requirements for Providers and Vendors

September 20, 2013

For a big picture view on how controlled substance e-prescribing (EPCS) and Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) will help stem the epidemic of controlled substance abuse, please see the series of blogs by my colleague Thomas Sullivan, MD. In context with that series, I thought it would be helpful to describe certain key requirements for providers pursuing controlled substance e-prescribing as mandated by the DEA.

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Prescription Abandonment: It’s Not What the Doctor Ordered

November 21, 2012

Prescription abandonment is a growing concern in the medical community. With more and more doctors having digital access to patient medication history data through e-prescribing and electronic health record systems, it is becoming increasingly clear that patients never pick up prescribed medications.

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Crossing the New Chasm of Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)

September 26, 2012

Back in 2001 when DrFirst first developed e-prescribing, we spent a lot of time educating providers about the benefits and patient safety advantages of utilizing technology in their practices. We spent years “Crossing the Chasm” from early adopters to broader adoption.

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E-prescribing Improves Safety and Life Quality for Nursing Home and Assisted Living Patients

April 18, 2012

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are serious threats in nursing home and assisted living facilities where the advanced age and poor health of most patients make them more vulnerable than the general population. This effect is compounded by many patients taking multiple medications significantly increasing the possibility of an adverse event.

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Study Shows that E-prescribing Improves Performance while Reducing Medical Errors

April 10, 2012

According to a recent study, hospitals that adopt e-prescribing technology are able to reduce medication errors by almost two-thirds. The study, published in the peer-reviewed medical journal PLoS Medicine, revealed hospital patient care areas using e-prescribing software reduced error rates from 66 to 58 percent.

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Update on E-prescribing of Controlled Substances

April 4, 2012

An update on e-prescribing of controlled drugs –finally electronic prescribing is now available for ALL medications! When the DEA published the “Interim Final Rule” regarding electronic prescription of controlled substances (EPCS) in June of 2010, it also sent a letter to all prescribers with DEA licenses informing them that EPCS was now available.

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About the Author

Peter Kaufman CMO

Schooled at MIT, Dr. Kaufman nurtured a strong interest in medical informatics while a Bowman Gray School of Medicine faculty member. After entering private practice he founded PiNK software in 1996 to produce EMR software, later becoming DrFirst’s chief medical officer upon its founding. He lectures nationally on various healthcare IT topics, and as a board certified gastroenterologist, he continues a limited clinical practice. Dr. Kaufman is a member of the Health IT Standards Committee, Privacy and Security Workgroup for ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare Information Technology). Representing the American Gastroenterology Association’s (AGA), Dr. Kaufman is a delegate to the AMA and was the co-chair of the Physicians Electronic Health Record Consortium (PEHRC). He has participated on workgroups at CCHIT (stand-alone e-prescribing), HIMSS (e-prescribing), and NCPDP (e-prescribing).