What are key benefits to using ePrescribe?
The key benefit to physicians and patients alike is improved safety. In addition, physicians will save their organization time and money in prescribing documentation, transmission, filing, billing and numerous telephone conversations. System benefits include:
Have additional question?
How do I get started?
The process is fast and simple. You can register for ePrescribe by visiting our registration website. You will need your DEA license number, NPI number and state license number, as well as the expiration dates. You will be required to answer a series of questions to verify your identity and license information. Upon successful completion of the registration process, you will be sent an email to re-verify your DEA, last four of your social security and answer your secret question. Next, you will be asked to enter your practice location and create a username and password. At this point, you can login to ePrescribe and add additional providers or clinical staff at your site. You can begin prescribing right away.
I currently use ePrescribe Basic. How do I upgrade to ePrescribe Deluxe?
Signing up for ePrescribe Deluxe is easy to do through your existing ePrescribe Basic application. Simply click on the Tools tab and then click on ePrescribe Deluxe. Follow the prompts and you will be using the new features in just a few minutes.
Where can I learn more about EPCS?
Login in to ePrescribe and view the EPCS USER Guide under the Help/Getting Started section for a complete overview of EPCS.
- Improves patient safety with automatic drug interaction checking, dosage checks, adverse reaction checks, and duplicate therapy checks
- Provides access to patient medication history where and when you need it most û even from home
- Reduces pharmacy phone calls
- Simplifies the prescription renewal process
- Provides formulary status on medications
additional FAQsHide additional FAQs
How can I stay abreast of changes to the CMS ePrescribe program?
CMS makes changes periodically to this program. You should review all notices sent by CMS via their normal communication channels. In addition, regulations for each year can be found here . As an example of potential changes, additional exemptions have been proposed and are currently under review by CMS.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of all ePrescribe users to stay abreast of all CMS ePrescribe reporting requirement updates.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/hit/faq-cms-incentive-program.pdf
What if a pharmacy is not connected to the Pharmacy Health Information Exchange, operated by SureScripts?
Allscripts provides and maintains a directory of pharmacies nationwide, which is what the ePrescribe application searches for when a prescriber is looking for a pharmacy. Please note most of the time if a user cannot find a pharmacy, it is due to an error in their search criteria. Try searching by city and state or state and zip code. Pharmacies receive prescriptions either electronically or by fax. If a user can't find the desired pharmacy:
The important point is that pharmacies do not need to update their technology to participate. If they have a fax machine, they're already part of the program of improving patient safety.
How do I get my patients into the ePrescribe application?
- Print the prescription: why make the patient wait?
- On the right-side panel, you will see Can't Find A Pharmacy? A user can complete this form with the pharmacy that they would like added in our network. Allscripts and its partners make every effort to find the pharmacy and add them to our database.
- Manually enter in patients demographics. Login to ePrescribe and click Add Patient.
- MPL (Master Patient Load): enter patients information from your PM system in an
excel spreadsheet and save as a CSV file. You will then use a hyperbridge to transfer
patient information into ePrescribe. Once your file is created, click the Help Icon
(?) in the upper right corner. Click Importing Patient Data Automatically. Under
the Import From a File section, hit Click Here to Get Started.
- RTI (Real Time Interface): This is a one-time patient load that will sync your PM
system with ePrescribe to automatically import patient information. It will also
automatically update changes in ePrescribe that are made in your PM system. To request
an interface, click the Help Icon (?) in the upper right corner. Click Importing
Patient Data Automatically. Under the Automated Patient Import Systems section,
hit Click Here to Get Started. Select your PM system and hit continue. Enter your
contact information and hit Contact Me. You are now in queue for an interface.
Click here to view the interface pricing.
How can I sign up for additional training?
You may attend free, regularly scheduled, bi-weekly webinar sessions, or you may purchase on-site training or one-on-one webcast trainings. Please click on the following link for training details. Click here to visit our services page to purchase training sessions.
Where can I review the End-User License Agreement and Business Associate Agreement for ePrescribe?
Our End-User License Agreement includes the Business Associate Agreement. You will be prompted to review and agree to the terms during the registration process. To review our End-User License Agreement, please click here.
Does a patient’s medication history include prescriptions written by other providers?
Yes, it can. When you add or search for a patient, an eligibility request is sent out by Sure Scripts who searches nationally for all reported prescriptions and insurance plan information. If the patient is identified, you will be able to see prescriptions written by other providers. The list will appear when you select a patient’s name and click Review History.
How will insurance plans be added?
Search and select a patient. In the patient header, click Edit next to the patient’s name. Click the Add Plan button at the bottom of the Patient Information Screen. You may also be able to retrieve some plan information from the 271 eligibility response, which happens automatically when you add a patient.
What are the different types of users in ePrescribe?
What are the features of ePrescribe Deluxe that I currently do not have access to with ePrescribe Basic?
- Doctor or Physician: This user is considered a full provider, requiring a State License, NPI, may have a DEA and has full prescribing and tasking rights.
- Midlevel Without Supervision: This user is considered a mid level practitioner, require their own State license and NPI, may have a DEA license, and can prescribe medications according to protocol. The supervising provider information (Name, State License, and DEA) is NOT required to be included on the prescription.
- Midlevel with Supervision Required: This user is considered a mid level practitioner, require their own State license and NPI, may have a DEA license, and can prescribe medications according to protocol. The supervising provider information (Name, State License, NPI, and DEA (when required)) will be included on the prescription.
- Prescribe on Behalf of (No Review Required): This type of user can create prescriptions on behalf of a selected provider, send the completed prescription to a pharmacy or print for signature. If a prescription is created that displays a DUR (Drug Utilization Review warning), the user will be required to select a reason for ignoring the warning but will be able to send the completed prescription to a pharmacy or print for signature. A record of the prescription, the DUR presented, and the reason for ignoring the DUR will be able to be reviewed by the selected provider. This user will also have the option of sending to the provider for the providers review. When prescribing they inherit the limitations of the selected provider. Tasking is available.
- Prescribe on Behalf of (Some Review Required): This type of user can create prescriptions on behalf of a selected provider, send the completed prescription to a pharmacy or print for signature. If a prescription is created that displays a DUR (Drug Utilization Review warning), the prescription will be sent to the selected provider for review. When prescribing, they inherit the limitations of the selected provider. Tasking is available.
- Prescribe on Behalf of (All Review Required): This type of user can create prescriptions on behalf of a selected provider, and send the completed prescriptions to the provider for approval. When prescribing they inherit the limitations of the selected provider. No tasking available.
- Staff: This type of user can check patients in, add a new patient and edit patient header information. No tasking available.
What is eCoupon?
Method by which a coupon is delivered to the pharmacy for redemption via an ePrescription.
Why will or does every provider need ID proofing?
Surescripts has established new guidelines that requires all users of their network offering ‘free’ e-prescribing applications such as Allscripts ePrescribe, to identity check all net-new providers accessing the application. ePrescribe has modified its online identity proofing process in compliance with the Surescripts guideline to require all providers access to identity proofing process.
What is Shield?
Shield is a common Allscripts security framework being developed by the Allscripts Portfolio Architecture team. The goal is to build a single company wide Allscripts Authentication Security Token Service and ultimately a single user database (Authorization Data Store). Allscripts corporate products can leverage this framework in reducing overall development effort, user maintenance and increasing security.To end users; this means that they can have 1 main username and password that will be able to access multiple Allscripts applications.
Is ePrescribe meeting Meaningful Use stage 2 Criteria?
How do I begin EPCS?
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is available in Allscripts ePrescribe with an upgrade to the Deluxe EPCS edition. To begin transmitting controlled substance prescriptions to enabled pharmacies, either contact the ePrescribe sales team at ePrescribe@allscripts.com or purchase online using your credit card. EPCS requires an additional fee to the existing Allscripts Deluxe edition. Each provider enrolling for EPCS in the Deluxe EPCS edition will be required to go through an online identity proofing process and will receive a key fob token that generates a one-time password required for signing the electronically sent controlled substance prescriptions.
How does Allscripts ePrescribe comply with federal and state regulation?
Allscripts ePrescribe enables EPCS in compliance with both federal and state regulation. At a federal level, the application passed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s third-party audit requirement. At a state level, the application allows or prohibits providers to electronically prescribe controlled substances based on the state regulation for the sending and receiving destinations. For example, if a physician attempts to electronically prescribe a schedule 2 medication in a state where it’s prohibited, the application won’t allow EPCS and the prescription must be printed.
What is an OTP Hard Token Key Fob
In compliance with DEA regulation, each provider who electronically signs and transmits controlled substance prescriptions must be authenticated using 2 forms; this is referred to as “2nd factor authentication”. The first form of authentication is entering your username and password, the 2nd form ePrescribe supports is referred to as a “one time password” or OTP token. The OTP hard token is a small key fob device (shown above) that generates a 6 digit password that you must have in your possession (proofing you are who you say you are) and is used when signing and electronically sending controlled substance prescriptions to enabled pharmacies. We recommend receiving one key fob token for each provider desiring to register for EPCS.
- Dedicated toll-free Support number
- Provider eRx Activity Report
- Capability to ePrescribe directly from your iPhone or mobile device
- 1-Click access to the best drug reference library on the market
- Ability to print up to 4 prescriptions at once on a single sheet of paper
- 1-Click convenience for printing prescriptions
- EPCS – Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
- EPA – Electronic Prior Authorizations
In addition to the key fob hard token, ePrescribe supports the ability for you to receive the one-time 6 digit password over your mobile device either through use of a registered mobile App or by registering your cell to receive it via SMS text.
To learn more about downloading and registering either the mobile app or using the SMS text option, please refer to the Getting Started EPCS User Guide.
Where can I find more EPCS FAQ's?
Click here to view general EPCS FAQ
What Browser Should I Use with Allscripts ePrescribe?
Allscripts recommends using IE8 or IE9 web browsers to receive the best experience with the product.
To see additional FAQ's, Please login above