New York docs moving to e-prescribing quickly as they aim to comply with I-STOP law and avoid fines, says Surescripts

Since March 1, the number of New York providers adopting electronic prescribing of controlled substances increased 28 percent.
By Bernie Monegain
11:13 AM

Physicians are embracing electronic prescribing more rapidly than ever before, according to new data from Surescripts – especially in New York.

In the Empire State, more than 48,000 providers have embraced digital prescriptions as a way to avoid fraud and abuse of prescription drugs – and a way to avoid fines. The deadline for complying with the state’s Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing, or I-STOP, mandate for digital prescribing is March 27.

[See also: NY e-prescribing law takes effect March 27, doctors now face fines for pen-and-paper.]

Since March 1, the number of New York providers adopting electronic prescribing of controlled substances increased 28 percent, Surescripts reports. New York Is ahead of other states in e-prescribing adoption with 47 percent uptake, compared with numbers nationwide at just 8 percent.

“The industry has made remarkable progress in adopting this critical technology that can have a direct and immediate impact on improving patient care and saving lives,” commented Surescripts CEO Tom Skelton, in a news release.

Skelton pointed out that pharmacy adoption of the technology is nearly universal, with 95 percent of pharmacies in New York ready to prescribe controlled substances electronically.

In 2013, more than two million Americans abused prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone, according to Surescripts. Drug diversion is a significant concern when it comes to controlled substances, officials say, with between three and nine percent of diverted drugs for abuse tied to fraud or forgery of paper prescriptions. 

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