April 23, 2007
According to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, three electronic prescribing standards are ready for Part D implementation. The announcement is part of CMS' Report to Congress on five pilot projects that tested standards to support the adoption of e-prescribing.
As required by the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), prescriptions transmitted electronically for Part D-covered drugs must be transmitted in accordance with uniform standards promulgated by the Secretary of HHS. HHS previously adopted three "foundation" standards, effective January 1, 2006, and the Secretary must issue final standards by April 1, 2008.
In 2005, CMS awarded grants to five pilot sites to test e-prescribing standards. The testing focused on the interoperability of these standards with one another, their ability to delivery messages accurately and unambiguously, and their downstream effect on healthcare outcomes, such as medical errors and clinical efficiency.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) was charged with compiling an evaluation report to summarize the findings of these projects. For more information on the pilot projects, see the AHRQ Electronic Prescribing website.
Read the Report to Congress.
We would like to thank Leah Voigt Romano (Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PLLC, Troy, MI) for providing this email alert.