How Providers Should Use Technology to Meet the EPCS Mandate

Digital health technology has been hailed as an important tool for healthcare providers in prescribing medications, but those tools can be used for harm as well as good. That's why federal regulators are very strict in regulating digital prescribing, or e-prescribing.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established new rules at the beginning of 2023 for Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS), focusing on Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances (including prescription opioids) covered under Medicare Part D. This mandate requires providers to use secure prescribing practices aimed at preventing drug diversion, including multi-factor authentication and comprehensive reporting that tracks prescription events as they occur.

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