Electronic Prescribing in Minnesota
Electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, is an important aspect of e-health and health care reform. Significant progress in using e-prescribing has been made in Minnesota, yet gaps remain.
Minnesota's Electronic Prescribing Mandate
In 2008, the Minnesota Legislature enacted an e-prescribing mandate in order to improve quality outcomes and efficiency in health care. The mandate requires prescribers, pharmacists and pharmacies, and pharmacy benefit managers to be e-prescribing by January 1, 2011.
Electronic Prescribing Mandate and Standards
Minnesota Statutes 62J.497 ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM
Subd. 2. Requirements for electronic prescribing. (a) Effective January 1, 2011, all providers, group purchasers, prescribers, and dispensers must establish and maintain an electronic prescription drug program that complies with the applicable standards in this section for transmitting, directly or through an intermediary, prescriptions and prescription-related information using electronic media.
Understanding the 2011 Electronic Prescribing Mandate (PDF)
Guidance for achieving the Minnesota e-Prescribing Mandate.
Electronic Prior Authorization
The MDH Electronic Prior Authorization Factsheet (PDF) has information on implementation and compliance.
MDH’s Prescription Drug Prior Authorization Companion guide contains information regarding the development and features of the NCPDP Script Standard for drug authorization.
AHRQ Implementation Toolsets for e-Prescribing aimed at health care provider organizations, ranging from small independent offices to larger medical groups and "safety net" clinics, and at independent pharmacies.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides information on adopted standards and transactions, Medicare incentives and resources and materials available regarding e-prescribing.
Surescripts' National Progress Report on e-Prescribing provides a unique view of how e-prescribing has become a mainstream health care information technology tool in the United States.
(National Council for Prescription Drug Programs)