The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has "recognized," or approved, the use of an updated standard for electronic prescribing under the Medicare Part D drug benefit program. Clinicians now can use version 10.6 of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs SCRIPT Standard to prescribe electronically.

Version 10.6 is backward compatible with version 8.1, which CMS previously adopted as a national standard. This means that prescribers can continue to use version 8.1 or migrate to 10.1.

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