We’re getting ready to complete our e-prescribing for controlled substance (EPCS) update to ensure all New York providers can meet the requirements of I-STOP before the March 27, 2015 deadline. We’re committed to your success with I-STOP and we’re on track to deliver an EPCS system that’s:
- Fully integrated with your EHR and meets the requirements of I-STOP.
- Enabled through an enhanced sign up process with streamlined identity verification.
- 100% free.
Below is an update on our progress plus steps you can take now to prepare.
Completed steps for supporting I-STOP
|Ensure two-factor authentication for each electronically prescribed controlled substance. Two-factor authentication is a substantive requirement for EPCS and we’ve partnered with a leading security firm to meet this requirement.|
|Provide e-prescribing for all non-controlled substances. I-STOP requires all controlled and non-controlled substances to be prescribed electronically. The current version of our e-prescribing system supports electronic prescribing of non-controlled substances.|
|Upgrade your EHR. EPCS will only be available in the new EHR. If you started using Practice Fusion before October 2014, you’ll receive an upgrade to the new EHR by the end of February.|
Additional steps we’re completing soon
|Upgrade your e-prescribing with EPCS. We’ll upgrade your EHR with EPCS before the I-STOP deadline of March 27, 2015.|
Here’s how you can get ready
Before your account can be enabled for EPCS, you’ll need to sign up for e-prescribing. The process is easy, only takes a few minutes to complete, and 100% free. Plus once you’re e-prescribing through Practice Fusion you’re already meeting I-STOP’s requirement to e-prescribe non-controlled substances.
Have at least two administrator-level users
DEA EPCS regulation requires your account to have two or more administrators in your account.
Make sure you have a valid DEA number
A valid DEA registration number provides authorization for a health care provider to write prescriptions for controlled substances. If you don’t have a DEA number, you can apply for one through the DEA website.
Ensure you have access to your HCS account
New York prescribers have been required to consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry when writing a prescription for a Schedule II, III and IV controlled substance since August 27, 2013. In order to consult the PMP, prescribers must have a health commerce system (HCS) account. If you haven’t already, you can apply for an HCS account online through the New York State Department of Health.
Have a smartphone
You’ll need to complete two-factor authentication for each prescription of a controlled substance using a smartphone.