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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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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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