POCP Blog

State and Federal Regulations Continue to Target the Opioid Epidemic and Part D Prescribing

By Keith Fisher, R.Ph. and Michelle Soble, R.Ph. Co-Leads, POCP Regulatory Resource Center Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.¹ In …

New NCPDP Specialty Pharmacy Workgroup to Meet on August 3

By Pooja Babbrah, Practice Lead, PBM Services NCPDP’s newly formed Work Group 18 on Specialty Pharmacy will hold its first meeting on August 3, 2018, in St. Louis. This is …

Should Data Sharing and Interoperability be Linked to Medicare Participation?

By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to know if the agency should revise the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) …

Opioid Management and Electronic Prior Authorization Among Key State and Federal Legislative Initiatives

By Keith Fisher, R.Ph. Co-lead of the Regulatory Resource Center It’s been a busy legislative spring in the world of electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) at both the federal and state levels. …

Medicare Announces New Requirements Affecting EHRs

 By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Heads up, electronic health record (EHR) vendors. Medicare has proposed big changes for fiscal year 2019. Many will affect how EHRS …

Part 2: Combining Health Insurers and Pharmacy Benefit Managers: Bringing Down the Information Silos

By Michael Solomon, PhD, MBA, Practice Lead, eCare Management The unprecedented restructuring of the U.S. payer market continues, with three more announcements of payers moving to vertically integrate with pharmacy …

ePrescribing Impact: Medicare Part D Migration to NCPDP SCRIPT version 201701

By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Medicare Part D will officially adopt NCPDP SCRIPT version 201701 for electronic prescribing (ePrescribing) on January 1, 2020 and will simultaneously retire …

NCPDP To Consider Formation of Specialty Pharmacy Work Group

  By Pooja Babbrah, Practice Lead, PBM Services The move to automate and standardize specialty pharmacy transactions could take a big and necessary step forward if a new Specialty Pharmacy …

New Benefit Check Solution Could Revolutionize e-Prescribing

By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI CoverMyMeds recently announced a new product, RxBenefit Clarity (RxBC), in conjunction with RelayHealth Pharmacy Solutions.  Both companies are part of McKesson Rx …

What is TEFCA?

By Tony Schueth The 21st Century Cures Act contains a number of requirements aimed at improving interoperability in health care and information exchange. However, there is one that may have …