New SCRIPT Finish First!All systems are go for the new e-prescribing standard, SCRIPT 2017071, which replaces the current version 10.6, effective January 1, 2020.

If you receive and transmit electronic prescriptions, you’re probably aware that they conform to a standard set by the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP). For context, another NCPDP standard includes D.0 for claims adjudication. Working with Surescripts as an early adopter for the new standard involved intense preparation to make this an easy transition for our customers.

For Our Customers

Integra® has released Service Pack 19.1.30 (with latest addendum) for PrimeCare®. We suggest you download and install Service Pack 19.1.30 (with latest addendum) as soon as possible. However, we ask that you do not turn on any settings for SCRIPT Standard 201707. For the time being, please install the new service pack and use it for several weeks and get accustomed to the new features. DocuTrack customers will need version 7.15. Upgrading to the latest release before the holidays will also ensure your pharmacy is not busy and will have time to properly install it.

Start getting excited about the new SCRIPT standard!

The industry worked to identify areas in pharmacy workflow that could be automated electronically to remove many of the old time-consuming paper or manual processes. The SCRIPT standard changes will also mean better patient care – here’s how:

More prescription information
The changes specified by new SCRIPT Standard 2017071 include expansion of data fields and addition of new message types. Hundreds of new fields will let prescribers pass along information that could be important to a specific e-prescription and to that patient’s health.For example, the field for Sig Directions has increased roughly 10 times to 1,000 characters. Until now, other information, such as patient allergies, has not been included in e-prescriptions and was left to pharmacies to collect and reference on patient profiles when filling prescriptions. The new and longer information fields mean you don’t have to interpret prescribers’ intent because they can be much more specific. With the new standard, more information can be included on the e-prescription when it is sent to you.

Easier changes and clarifications
The expansion of fields and addition of new message types also allows you to change, cancel, or request an e-script electronically – which only makes sense, right? If information you need to accurately dispense a medication isn’t included in the original prescription, you’ll also be able to request clarification electronically.Pharmacists accustomed to calling prescriber offices in these situations – and accustomed to waiting for a call back after they run down the answer – will appreciate the new convenience. Even if the current process only takes a few minutes, time is money, and phone tag burns it up when you’re playing multiple times a day. The new standard should get you back into the workflow faster.

Prioritized prescriptions
The ability to mark some prescriptions as time-sensitive can expedite the filling process and keep particular patients from waiting. One of the SCRIPT standard’s new fields, an urgency indicator, does just that. Prioritized e-prescriptions display at the top of the queue, letting your staff know they should be filled ahead of others. The urgency indicator benefits LTC pharmacies too – for example, if a patient is discharged from a facility, the local community pharmacy can be alerted that the patient is on their way so that medications can be prepared.

We will continue to provide updates and information on setting up the flags for SCRIPT Standard 2017071 as the January 1 deadline approaches.

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