Navigation Links
One Thing Washington Can Agree On: Time for E-Prescribing in Medicare
Date:12/13/2007

New Poll Shows Rural Seniors Want E-Prescribing in Medicare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Washington gridlocks on so many issues, promoting electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) in Medicare is emerging as one issue that both Republicans and Democrats can agree on. "The Medicare Electronic Medication and Safety Protection (E-MEDS) Act of 2007," which will require that Medicare physicians begin to prescribe electronically, will save lives and money, and also fits perfectly into any Medicare package being discussed on Capitol Hill, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today.

Public support for e-prescribing in Medicare is strong. A new national poll finds that seniors in rural areas by a 2-1 margin think e-prescribing sounds like a good idea and support requiring rural Medicare providers to use the technology while allowing them additional assistance to adopt the system. Conducted by Ayres, McHenry & Associates, the poll of 600 seniors in mostly rural counties also shows that half of the seniors questioned take four or more prescription medicines on a regular basis. Half of these seniors are very or somewhat concerned that a new drug they are prescribed could lead to a negative reaction with other drugs they take.

E-prescribing improves safety by alerting a doctor when a drug they are about to prescribe might dangerously interact with other medications already being taken by their patient. E-prescribing also eliminates errors resulting from sloppy handwritten prescriptions being misread at the pharmacy counter.

"The E-MEDS Act addresses the single greatest barrier to e-prescribing adoption: lack of urgency in the physician community to modernize the way they prescribe. Unless all physicians face real consequences for continuing business as usual, few will begin e-prescribing and seniors will pay the price," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt. "PCMA applauds the bipartisan leadership supporting this important health care issue being included in any Medicare package before Congress."

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that approximately 1.5 million preventable medication errors harm Americans each year and that some 7,000 people die annually as a result. To remedy this, the IOM admonished all doctors to begin e-prescribing by 2010. Surveys show that less than one in ten doctors currently choose to prescribe electronically and two-thirds don't view it as a priority.

Bipartisan momentum for the E-MEDS Act is building in the Senate with leadership from:

* Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

* Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)

* Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)

* Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

* Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

* Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)

* Sen. John Sununu (R-NH)

* Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

* Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.)

* Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

A companion bill in the House is supported by:

* Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Penn.)

* Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.)

* Rep. John Porter (R-Nev.)

* Rep. Phil English (R-Penn.)

* Rep. Thomas Allen (D-ME)

* Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)

* Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY)

* Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.)

* Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.)

The legislation has also been strongly endorsed by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA). A broad coalition of consumer, union, business, purchaser groups, and other prescription drug stakeholders is also calling on Congress to ensure that physicians use e-prescribing in Medicare by 2010.

The letter and poll are available at http://www.pcmanet.org

PCMA is the national association representing America's pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), which administer prescription drug plans for more than 210 million Americans with health coverage provided through Fortune 500 employers, health insurance plans, labor unions, and Medicare Part D.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. MSAs Next-Generation Breathing Apparatus for Firefighters First to Receive Full NFPA Approval
2. Wanting a bite of everything: Hungry people crave more variety
3. Non-Stick Gum Something to Chew On
4. VIDEO from Medialink and Siemens: The Next Generation Allergy Test - Nothing to Sneeze At
5. Something Wicked! This Way Comes: Elvira Hosts Halloween Fashion Show and Fundraiser Benefiting AIDS Healthcare Foundation
6. The Ultimate Stress Reliever, SpaCapsule(R), the Capsule that Takes You on a Rejuvenating Journey to the Spa, Retains TransMedia Group for Soothing PR
7. The USDA E. coli Loophole in Ground Beef: Much Ado About Nothing
8. Childhood sleep-disordered breathing disproportionately affects obese and African-Americans
9. Its not just a kid thing: Fluoridated tap water benefits older adults even more
10. Patients wonder, Could this be something serious?
11. Honey Beats Meds at Soothing Kids Cough
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now ... of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the media of their split ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... A revolution is underway. ... ambulance transport experience for the millions of people who require these medical transport ... taxi industry through the use of technology. Now, SmartEMS has put forth an ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, a holistic treatment center ... Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility is located. This annual ... the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. Its residents often refer ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified ... be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major ... only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now ... and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings ... The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 Research and Markets has ... Companion Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... Diagnostics The World Market for Companion Diagnostics ... diagnostics. Market analysis in the report includes the following: ... Vitro Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher to ... Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher was also ... and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive member of ... expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx in connection ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function of ... patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep the ... balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients & ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: