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National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative Supports Medicare Proposal to Adopt Additional Standards for ePrescribing
Date:11/16/2007

CHICAGO, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allscripts, the leading provider of clinical software, connectivity and information solutions that physicians use to improve healthcare, on behalf of the National ePrescribing Patient Safety Initiative (NEPSI(TM)), strongly supports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal for the adoption of additional standards to be used by participants in the Medicare prescription drug benefit program when they prescribe electronically. The proposed new standards would help eliminate medication errors and the inefficiencies of a process that relies on handwritten paper prescriptions.

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If the CMS standards are adopted after a public review period, physicians who prescribe electronically for Medicare patients would be required to have secure access to their patient's medication history, information about their drug coverage, standard patient instructions for taking medications, and a clinical drug nomenclature with standard names for medications. Physicians who know what medications their patients are taking and what drugs their insurance plan covers can prevent unhealthy drug interactions, and help their patients make sound financial choices regarding co-pays and generic medications.

"By further developing the standards for electronic prescribing, CMS has passed another important milestone in the government's plan to encourage the adoption of electronic health records and build an interconnected healthcare system in the United States," said NEPSI Co-Chair and Allscripts Chief Executive Officer Glen Tullman. "The new standards ensure that physicians have all the information they need to provide improved care at lower cost. NEPSI supports the proposed technical standards and urges their rapid implementation."

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