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E-Prescribing is an Incentive by the Centre for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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E-Prescribing is an incentive by the Centre for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It allows the electronic transmission of prescriptions between qualified medical practitioners and physicians. The aim of the program is to improve the drug prescription system by avoiding errors resulting from handwritten prescriptions. The E-prescribing program runs on various standards. These standards are spelt out and added in Part D of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act 2003 (CMS, 2013).
The standards outline clearly the eligibility criteria for prescribing physicians and participating pharmacies. The standards also inform participants on best practice in issues regarding refill prescriptions, cancellation of prescriptions and changes in prescription among other things. Moreover, the standards cover administrative guidelines regarding the operation of the system. The standards also cover the drugs covered by the benefits program of the E-Prescribing system. There is a standard on medical history that allows prescribers access information on drugs currently available to the patient so as to guide them in the prescription service. Fill Status Notification is a standard that allows prescribers follow up on the prescriptions status such as it’s been picked up or not (CMS, 2013). This standard serves to allow prescribers follow their patients’ adherence to prescriptions.
The E-Prescribing Program was developed on a timeline. In November, 2005, the initial
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