Pressure mounts on pushing e-prescriptions

December 6, 2007

The American Health Information Community urges CMS to mandate use of e-prescriptions in Medicare.

A growing number of organizations and companies are calling for the increased use of e-prescriptions in government programs. The American Health Information Community, an advisory panel convened by Department of Health & Human Services secretary Michael Leavitt, is urging the secretary to mandate the use of e-prescriptions in the Medicare program, while the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association issued a statement insisting that requiring physicians to e-prescribe in Medicare could "save billions and prevent up to 1.9 million medication errors over the next decade." Consumers Union, publisher of Consumers Report, urged Sens. John Kerry (D, Mass.), John Ensign (R, Nev.), and Debbie Stabenow (D, Mich.) to require e-prescribing in Medicare legislation they are drafting. The legislation is expected to be finalized soon and may be part of a larger Medicare bill to be considered before the end of the year. In addition Sage Software signed a petition that urged the DEA to drop its restrictions on e-prescribing controlled substances.

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