Part of your responsibility as a dispensing physician in California is to comply with the CURES program, as mentioned below. MEDeRx’s dispensing software automates the burden of compliance by electronically submitting the CURES data to the appropriate agency.
On January 1, 2009, The California office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement requires that all controlled substance prescription data must be submitted to Atlantic Associates on a weekly basis. This data is either provided manually or through electronic reporting. MEDeRx electronically submits prescription data and will do so on your behalf.
MEDeRx saves you time, effort and expense by not having to double enter the transaction details to the CURES Program 3rd party vendor. For more information regarding the California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) please go to the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement website: https://oag.ca.gov/cures
Effective on October 2, 2018, the mandate to consult CURES prior to prescribing, ordering, administering or furnishing a Schedule II-IV controlled substance becomes effective in California. Visit www.mbc.ca.gov/CURES for detailed information regarding CURES 2.0.
Please contact us directly with any questions about automated PDMP reporting or for answers to any questions you may have about adding MEDeRx as your medication dispensing Software Company.
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MEDeRx is proud to announce that we have reached our ten year anniversary. We take this occasion to let you know how much we appreciate you for being an instrumental part of our Journey.
What began as an idea to provide convenience to patients by allowing them to obtain their medications at the point of care and providing software that enable health care providers to comply with the myriad of laws as they pertain to dispensing, has now continued to take hold and become commonplace in the health care industry.
We are also grateful to our clients and customers who trusted in us to help them provide immaculate services and products. Their demands, challenges and feedbacks have pushed us to go ahead and improve vigorously. Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our clients and customers. Not only have they made us a part of their lives but also helped us reach out to the world. They spread the word faster and in a better way than any of our promotional means could.
We intend to reach an even broader audience over the next ten years and look forward to your input in making MEDeRx the ultimate in-office dispensing company.
Sign Up Now! Free Trial with MEDeRx
Curious whether or not dispensing medications to your patients at the point of care is the right fit for your practice? MEDeRx is now offering a free trial of its medication dispensing platform.
The free trial includes access to our newest version of MEDeRx’s medication dispensing platform and training on how to use and implement our software. The trial is fully functional and offers every feature of the software.
With over 10 years of experience we know exactly how to implement a medication dispensing platform into your current office environment.
Our state of the art program includes:
- EMR Integration
- Controlled substance reporting
- Automated inventory ordering
- Live billing & collection data
and much more… including the ability to receive e-prescriptions directly from your EMR. For more info on your free trial with MEDeRx please contact us today!
TOP 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER
Implementation and Execution
Implementation of physician dispensing requires attention to detail before, during and after start-up. A key component is using capable medication dispensing software for ease of use and compliance. MEDeRx software is the leading software in the physician dispensing arena. Please contact us TODAY for a free software trial.
Physician drug-dispensing can have a positive impact on revenues. The impact depends on the formulary the physician chooses to use for their dispensary. Please contact MEDeRx to provide your typical formulary to determine the cost and benefits of dispensing.
Hidden Cost of Prescription Writing
Physicians are usually unaware to the hidden cost of prescription writing. Phoning, emailing, faxing prescriptions to the pharmacist, call-back for non formulary drugs and mandated prior authorizations for refills are great time wasters. Physician dispensing eliminates this hassle and ensures your patients are getting their medications.
Dispensing Medications Improves Compliance
According to a valued study, dispensing at the point of care improves patient compliance by reducing the no-fill rate and decreasing long-term health costs.
Most states permit physician dispensing, as long as providers adhere to state and federal regulations. Contact MEDeRx to determine if physician dispensing is available in your state.
The Benefits of Dispensing Technology
A physician’s ability to dispense medications at their office has been simplified by dispensing technology. Here are a few examples:
Each state requires that certain information be on a label of medications. Web-based software, such as MEDeRx, tracks each state’s specific requirements and will not allow your office to print a pharmacy label without the necessary information. Without this dispensing technology, your office would be relegated to contacting your Board of Pharmacy to obtain this information and then manually write this information on a pharmacy label.
Drug Utilization Review (DUR)
Suppose a patient notifies you that he/she has certain allergies, is currently taking medications or has an illness. You want to dispense a medication to your patient but you are unaware if the medication will have a contraindication or effect. MEDeRx features an instant drug to drug, drug to illness and drug to allergy contraindication feature linked to national data bases. Without this, the research and review could take hours.
PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) is statewide electronic database which collects designated data on substances dispensed in the state. In most states, if a physician dispenses controlled medications, they are required to report to the state certain information surrounding the dispense. Without software such as MEDeRx, a physician would have to manually mail or fax each dispense subject to PDMP reporting. With MEDeRx, this task is automated with no work required by the physician.
Ordering and Inventory of Medications
Manually ordering and maintaining inventory is a huge time and economic drain. MEDeRx has automated ordering features and inventory controls. For example, par levels of medications are set and medications are automatically reordered through the software to your office. An email notification will be sent to you reflecting the date of the order, amount of the order and content of the order. Once again, an email will be sent to you when the medications arrive. Once the medications arrive at your office, the contents will be verified for accuracy and then, with a click of a button, the medication will be automatically uploaded into inventory.
In a busy medical practice, data must be readily available and at a moments notice. MEDeRx has instant reports that provide a wide array of information such as dispensing activity, inventory, ordered medications, expiring medication, and many more. To obtain this information manually would take an extraordinary amount of time and resources.
Simplify Your Practice with MEDeRx’s Dispensing Technology
Your ability to dispense medications at your office and comply with rules and regulations are now simple as a result of dispensing technology. In the end, your patients will obtain the ultimate convenience of getting their medications at the point of care.
Please contact us for a free trial so we can demonstrate the complete array of capabilities found in the MEDeRx software.
How long does it take to set up an in-office medication dispensing program for my office?
The Typical In-Office Installation and Staff Training Takes Less Than One Hour
We often get asked how long it takes to install and train an office/staff for medication dispensing services. The answer in most cases is “less than one hour”. There are many variables to consider including the size of your clinic/staff and reimbursement types offered. MEDeRxonline.com offers the following services designed to provide a seamless transition to in-office medication dispensing.
-Full Staff Training (typically, required training time is less than 1 hour)
-Formulary Development and Support
-Workers’ Compensation EDI Support
-Online and Continuing Education/Training Available
-Regional Manager Account Support
-24 Hour Technical Support
-Dedicated Client Service Personnel
Web Based Software
MEDeRxonline.com is a web-based software application meaning, there is no software program to download or install. As long as you have access to the internet you can instantly access the MEDeRx software application. There is also no need to bring in and pay for additional equipment, computers or printers. The MEDeRx application can be ran on the same Mac, PC or tablet that you are already running with you EMR, calendar and emails.
Another question we often get asked is how medications are ordered and how much time is involved with the ordering process. MEDeRxonline.com has over 20 medication suppliers (AKA repackagers) integrated into the software meaning, orders are placed in real time, online, just as if you were shopping on Amazon. We offer multiple repackagers to provide you with the best available pricing. The delivery time on an order is filled within 1-3 business days and overnight options are available. MEDeRx also offer the following services to make the medication ordering processes easy and cost effective.
- Multi-Repackager Capabilities
- Automated Inventory Reordering
- Product Expiration Alerts
- Free shipping on orders over $100
The MEDeRx Advantage
As with all businesses, MEDeRx has an obligation to our customers to provide the best products and services available. Below are a just a few reasons why more doctors continue to choose MEDeRx over other leading brands:
-Ease of Use – The average dispense can be processed in less than 30 seconds
-Detailed Management, Utilization and Financial Reporting
-Refill Monitoring and Automated Patient Sequencing
-Full Scale Drug Utilization Review (Drug/Drug, Drug/Allergy, and Drug Too Soon)
-Encrypted Offsite Data Backup and Recovery
-Multi-Repackager Ordering Capability, Automated Inventory Reorder and Product Expiration Alerts
-Electronic NCPDP Claims Submission Capability
-Electronic State Scheduled Drug Reporting (PDMP)
-Site-level Customization (Including User Security Levels, Product Sigs, Reorder Quantities, and Cash-pay Collection Amounts)
-HL-7 Data Interface and Data Exchange Capability
Are your patients getting lost at the pharmacy? Facts Every Physician Should Know.
- Did you know the median wait time to fill a prescription is 45 minutes?
- Did you know that 1/3 of pharmacy customers had to return to their pharmacy or go to a different pharmacy to get their prescription filled?
- Did you know that nearly 1/3 of patients fail to fill first time prescriptions?
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Part of the solution
Physician in office dispensing can eliminate the above problems for your patients. The ability for you to provide your patient’s medications at your office ensures that they get their medications and no longer have to wait at or return to a pharmacy. Patients simply get their medications at the point of care and go back to work or home. Click Here to contact MEDeRx today and schedule your FREE consultation.
Does your practice store and dispense sample prescriptions? Rules and regulations to consider before doing so.
As always, one should research your state’s pharmacy and medical licensing board’s regulations, concerning the storage, dispensing and labeling of prescription medications (such as drug samples), some other organizations have their own recommendations and policies concerning drug samples that you should follow to minimize your professional liability. A few of these organizations include;
- The Joint Commission (TJC)
- Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
- The National Coordinating Council (member ship includes the FDA and TJC)
State licensing board’s rules are concerned with obvious things like the proper storage, tracking and labeling of prescription medications. Labeling typically requires that the patient name, drug name and strength, quantity provided, directions, date dispensed, and drug expiration date and lot number be affixed to the packaging. Everyone needs to follow these regulations to minimize their legal liability. Of the three organizations listed the TJC Medication Management Standards for hospital affiliated physician offices and clinics are the most important to follow. Everyone wants to avoid receiving Requirements for Improvements (RFIs) after a survey during your Exit Conference.
TJC recommendations for sample prescriptions can be found at the Joint Commission Website
Some of the Medication Management Standards for Sample Prescriptions are:
- Medications are dispensed safely. Note: This standard is applicable to all practices that dispense medications, including those practices that dispense sample prescriptions. Quantities of medications are dispensed and minimize diversion yet are still consistent with the patient’s needs. (Standard MM.4.40 B1)
- Procedures supporting safe medication prescribing or ordering address the following: Ordering, procuring, storing, controlling, labeling, preparing, and dispensing medications according to law or regulation (Standard MM.5.30 B1)
- Medication orders must be written clearly (MM.3.20)
- Medication orders or prescriptions are clear and accurate (MM.04.01.01)
- The patient record contains information that reflects the patients care, treatment or services (RC.02.01.01)
- Medications are appropriately labeled, Element of Performance #3 at a minimum – this information is usually included on the container (MM.4.30)
- The organization follows a process to retrieve recalled or discontinued medications (MM.0501.17).
- Medications dispensed by the practice are retrieved when recalled or discontinued by the manufacturer or the Food and Drug Administration for safety reasons. (Standard MM.4.70) B 4. The practice has procedures for retrieving and safely disposing of recalled medications including the following:
1) Identifying each patient who is receiving or has received recalled medications
2) Identifying the source of the medication
3) Providing for the retrieval and safe disposal of medications subject to recall
4) Providing for external reporting of medication product defects
- The organization responds to actual or potential adverse drug events, significant adverse drug reactions, and medication errors (MM.07.01.03).
- If the patient is transferred to another Provider, setting, level of care, a complete list of current medications, must be communicated (National Patient Safety Goal 8B).
- Look-alike/sound-alike drugs are identified (NPSG 3, Requirement 3C). I.e., Drug Sample uses tall man lettering.
MEDeRx Software Solutions for Dispensing Sample Prescriptions
One of the many benefits of using MEDeRx’s software is that the software provides immediate compliance with many of the above requirements. For example, inventory, labeling, recall information, external reporting, patient demographics, medication orders, etc., are provided and housed within our software.
If your practice does or is considering dispensing sample prescriptions, choose the right software, choose MEDeRx.
WHAT SPECIFICATIONS SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A PHYSICIAN DISPENSING SOFTWARE/SYSTEM?
Learn more about physician dispensing software and compare MEDeRx to the other leading brands: Software Specifications
A client recently asked us to provide a MEDeRx-feature-comparison to help them select a physician dispensing system. After compiling the information, we felt that this was a good summary of what sets MEDeRx apart from the all the other dispensing systems: Software Specifications
E-Prescribing to MEDeRx’s Dispensing Platform
A common question surrounds the issue of whether physicians can e-prescribe to MedeRx’s in-office dispensing platform. In most cases, the answer is a resounding “YES”. However, some minor steps are involved as discussed below.
Physicians can use their EMR system to e-prescribe to their own location for the purposes of getting patient and prescription information into the MEDeRx dispensing software. Since patient/prescription information is sent electronically, the chances of an error is greatly reduced. Not to mention the time saved in transcribing information.
In order to e-prescribe, a gatekeeper company called “SureScripts” controls the electronic exchange of prescription information between prescribers and pharmacies and/or in-office dispensing locations. The MEDeRx dispensing software is certified with SureScripts as a pharmacy software vendor.
For your office to transmit prescription claims from your EMR to the MEDeRx platform, the following steps are required. The first step is to get your practice a NCPDP Id. (If you already have one, you can skip this step.) Registering with NCPDP.org for an NCPDP Id takes about one day and a one time cost of $275.00. Step two is registering your practice with SureScripts. SureScripts registration takes about one day and a one time cost of $125. The total time is typically two days and total cost is $125 or $325 depending on whether you already have a NCPDP Id or not. Of course, our team of professionals can assist you with NCPDP and SureScripts registration.
Please contact us to get started today!!