Health network Surescripts says it is expanding its electronic prior authorization (ePA) service for e-prescribing with four nationwide pharmacy benefit managers, including CVS/caremark and Express Scripts, as well as six health technology vendors.

The vendors include: Aprima Medical Software, DAW SYSTEMS - SCRIPTSURE, digiChart, First Databank, Inc.’s FDB MedsTracker, OA Systems, and Stratus EMR.

"Through these connections and others already in place, prescribers nationwide will be able to submit ePA requests for 70 percent of patients, representing 210 million lives covered by the nation’s largest PBMs, and realize significant time and cost savings during the electronic prescribing process," Surescripts executives said in announcing the new agreements.

Integrated within a clinician's EHR workflow, the company says its CompletEPA ePA platform proactively informs prescribers of medications requiring PA, asks only the needed questions, and the approval status may be known before the patient leaves the office.

"Direct access to PBM data allows CompletEPA to pre-populate patient information based on pharmacy plans, improving accuracy and drastically speeding up the communication process to provide quick, cost effective access to care and increase customer satisfaction," company executive said.

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