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PCMA on Electronic Health Records: The First Step is to Require E-Prescribing in Medicare

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association released the following statement today:

"We applaud the commitment of Secretary Leavitt and Administrator Weems to accomplish President Bush's goal of broad physician adoption of Electronic Health Records by 2014.

"Although e-prescribing is the easiest, least expensive first step toward this goal, fewer than 10 percent of physicians have begun using it. That's unfortunate since e-prescribing is the only part of health IT in which clear national standards have already been developed in Medicare.

"The surest path to meeting the President's 2014 target is to begin requiring physicians to use e-prescribing in Medicare. This could prevent 1.9 million medication errors over the next decade and jump-start physician adoption of broader health IT."

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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