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PCMA: CMS Releases Proposed E-Prescribing Standards in Medicare
Date:11/14/2007

sult, fewer than one-in-ten physicians have chosen to use it. PCMA strongly believes the only realistic way to rapidly accelerate adoption of e-prescribing is to require physicians to use the technology in Medicare.

E-prescribing helps consumers avoid medication errors by providing physicians with real-time safety alerts when a new prescription would dangerously interact with others that have already been prescribed. Earlier this year, PCMA released a study from the Gorman Health Group showing that requiring e-prescribing in Medicare could prevent up to 1.9 million medication errors over the next decade and save billions -- even after providing funds for equipment and training.

PCMA last week launched a TV and print advertising campaign featuring J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., Sc.D., who last year co-chaired an Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that recommended that all physicians begin using e-prescribing by 2010. In the TV ad, Dr. Bootman calls on policymakers to require e-prescribing in Medicare, "before more people die."

The new PCMA TV ad is 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.


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