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E-prescribing Relieves Top 3 Pain Points Faced by Doctors

Aug 3, 2017 10:12:27 AM / by eazyScripts posted in e-prescribing, telemedicine

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  1. Drugs not covered (benefits and eligibility checks)

E-prescribing provides real-time, patient-specific information to providers regarding a patient’s prescription drug benefit coverage as well as the out-of-pocket costs the patient will incur at pharmacy for prescribed medications. The cost of prescribed medications is a leading cause of patient non-adherence to drug therapy. Formulary checks at the point of care, result in better prescribing practices. A drug formulary is a list of prescription drugs, both generic and brand name, used by practitioners to identify drugs that offer the greatest overall value.

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Why PDMP Data is Crucial during e-Prescribing

Jul 31, 2017 7:43:46 AM / by eazyScripts posted in e-prescribing, PDMP

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What prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) do for our healthcare providers is give them additional insight to help make better decisions in a difficult [medication] situations. PDMP information empowers providers to do what is best for patients.

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State to State Mandates for e-Prescribing and How It Can Decrease Opioid Fraud and Abuse

Jul 26, 2017 2:22:51 PM / by eazyScripts posted in e-prescribing, telemedicine, telehealth, opioid abuse

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Opioid medications are prescribed to alleviate pain and suffering, but their abuse and misuse is killing more than 33,000 Americans every year. Prescription painkiller abuse is a problem of epidemic proportions and a significant national public health challenge. The good news is that states are increasingly taking action against this epidemic with an important weapon: health information technology in the form of e-prescribing.

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Opioid Facts by the Numbers

Jul 24, 2017 7:34:20 AM / by eazyScripts posted in controlled substances, e-prescribing, telemedicine, telehealth, opioid abuse

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  • $55 billion in health and social costs related to prescription opioid abuse each year
  • $20 billion in emergency department and inpatient care for opioid poisonings
  • On an average day in the U.S. more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions dispensed
  • 3,900 people daily initiate nonmedical use of prescription opioids
  • 580 people initiate heroin use
  • 78 people daily die from an opioid-related overdose
  • Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin
  • An estimated 23% of individuals who use heroin develop opioid addiction
  • Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015.
  • Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin
  • Over 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which is more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills
  • Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers
  • People often share their unused pain relievers, unaware of the dangers of nonmedical opioid use.
  • Most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers are given them for free by a friend or relative
  • The prescribing rates for prescription opioids among adolescents and young adults has nearly doubled
  • Women are more likely to have chronic pain, be prescribed prescription pain relievers, be given higher doses, and use them for longer time periods than men
  • Women may become dependent on prescription pain relievers more quickly than men
  • 48,000 women died of prescription pain reliever overdoses between 1999 and 2010.
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Prior Authorization and What It Means to Telemedicine

Jul 20, 2017 8:04:32 AM / by eazyScripts posted in e-prescribing, telemedicine, ePa

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Prior authorization (PA), the review needed by certain medications before an insurance plan will cover them, is critical. PA also determines if the medication is medically necessary and appropriate for the situation. If a patient does not get prior authorization, the medication may cost more or may not be covered.

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Telemedicine Market to Soar Past $30B

Jul 18, 2017 10:47:43 AM / by eazyScripts posted in blog

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An aging population and ever-increasing healthcare costs are propelling growth in the telemedicine marketplace. According to a new market research report, Global Telemedicine Market - Growth, Trends & Forecasts (2015-2020), published by Mordor Intelligence, the global market for telemedicine is expected to be worth more than $34 billion by the end of 2020. North America will account for more than 40 percent of the global market size.

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Prior Authorization and What It Means for Doctors

Jul 13, 2017 8:22:38 AM / by eazyScripts posted in blog

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According to a recent article in Medical Economics, few words arouse more frustration among physicians than “prior authorization.” And it’s easy to understand why. The time physicians and their staffs have to spend persuading an insurance company to cover a medication or procedure is an expensive and annoying distraction from the task of caring for patients.

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e-Prescribing in the Dental Office

Jul 6, 2017 7:37:03 AM / by eazyScripts posted in blog

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E-prescribing provides dentists with many advantages. The most obvious is that it improves their workflow by giving them the ability to electronically select medications and send them directly to the pharmacy, thus bypassing the traditional manual processes of faxing, phone calls and handing paper to the pharmacy. However, the most significant advantage is that that e-prescribing allows dentists to improve the safety and quality of care they provide.  Consider the patients in dental chairs who have numerous medical problems and can't remember all their medications. With electronic prescribing, it's very easy to push a button and have a list of all medications prescribed from different sources that they are presently taking.

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Telemedicine Provides 24-hour Pharmacy Access

Jun 29, 2017 7:26:56 AM / by eazyScripts posted in blog

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The world of medicine is constantly changing. Today, technology plays a major role in medicine, as doctors regularly look for better ways to treat people. Technology has brought numerous advances to the medical field and one of these advancements – telemedicine – is helping medical providers obtain access to medical services and information that would normally be unavailable.

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E-prescribing Is Changing the Way Healthcare Is Delivered

Jun 26, 2017 10:30:28 AM / by eazyScripts posted in blog

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E-prescribing is changing the way healthcare is delivered, and the growth in telemedicine is a leading factor in this change.

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