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.
The e-Prescribing workgroup has convened for 2019-20. See the workgroup webpage for meeting information.
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.
Minnesota Electronic Prescribing Mandate: Guidance & Compliance (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.
Surescripts' National Progress Report on e-Prescribing
(National Council for Prescription Drug Programs) standards development group.