Surescripts Preparing for New Rx Standard

Electronic prescribing network vendor Surescripts anticipates in May enabling software vendors, pharmacies, pharmacy management benefit plans, and insurers to begin the process of certifying their systems to support version 10.6 of the NCPDP SCRIPT standard electronic prescription.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected soon to issue an interim final rule adopting the new version, mandated under the Medicare Modernization Act. Capabilities within the new version also are included in recommended meaningful use criteria the HIT Policy Committee has sent to federal officials.

The criteria would measure meaningful use of electronic health records to enable providers to quality for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Starting the certification process in May would give vendors and other organizations time to complete the migration to version 10.6 before Medicare incentives begin in October 2010, according to the company.

More information is available at surescripts.com.

--Joseph Goedert

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