Does Your Pharmacy Accept EPCS?

Now that electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is legal with the proper e-prescribing software, many physicians are finding out that some of their frequently used pharmacies do not accept EPCS. 

Surescripts data indicate approximately 85 percent of the pharmacies in Texas now accept EPCS. These are primarily the chain pharmacies and not necessarily the independently owned pharmacies. To see which pharmacies in your area accept EPCS, use the Surescripts e-prescribing pharmacy locator tool. When you enter a ZIP code and mile radius, you will find which pharmacies accept e-prescribing and, of those, which are EPCS-enabled. 

There may be instances in which pharmacy staff deny the prescriptions because they don't have the proper training and don't even realize they can accept EPCS. TMA would like to know if and when that happens. If an EPCS-enabled pharmacy denies your EPCS prescription, email Shannon Vogel, director of health information technology at TMA, the name of the pharmacy and the time of the prescription denial. TMA will then report these inconsistencies. The executives at the chain pharmacies have invested in this technology, and they want their pharmacies to use it. 

If you have questions about e-prescribing or other practice technologies, email TMA's HIT Department or call (800) 880-5720. 

Action, Aug. 3, 2015

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August 03, 2015

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