RD431 - Interim Progress Report, E-Prescribing Workgroup (HB2165)
Pursuant to HB2165, passed during the 2017 General Assembly Session, a workgroup was convened on August 2, 2017 and on August 29, 2017 to review actions necessary for implementation of the mandatory issuance of electronic prescriptions for controlled substances containing an opiate, effective July 1, 2020. Transmitting prescriptions for opiates electronically can potentially reduce medication errors, prescription theft, and forgery, assist prescribers and pharmacists in obtaining electronic prior authorizations when necessary, and integrate prescription records directly into a patient's electronic health record. The workgroup evaluated hardships on prescribers and the inability of prescribers to comply with the deadline for electronic prescribing. Additionally, it developed recommendations to the General Assembly for any extension or exemption processes relative to compliance or disruptions due to natural or manmade disasters or technology gaps, failures, or interruptions of services. The workgroup was comprised of representatives from the Board of Pharmacy; Virginia Pharmacists Association; Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners; National Association of Chain Drug Stores; Medical Society of Virginia; Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association; Surescripts; Virginia Dental Association; Virginia Veterinary Medical Association; Drug Enforcement Administration; and, the Virginia Association of Health Plans. A complete listing of the workgroup members is enclosed. David Brown, DC, Director of the Department of Health Professions (DHP) chaired the workgroup meetings.