POCP Blog

Regulations and EHRs: All Pain and No Gain?

By Michael Burger, EDI and EHR Practice Lead I recently read a summary of a Capitol Hill hearing that focused on the impact of healthcare’s administrative burden on costs and …

The Time is Right for Canada to Incorporate a Naming Convention for Biologics and Biosimilars into its Emerging ePrescribing Infrastructure

By Pooja Babbrah, Senior Consultant In January 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the Final Rule for Biosimilar Naming. In this final rule, the FDA spelled out the …

Drug Price Transparency: Drivers at the Point of Prescribing

By Tony Schueth, CEO and Managing Partner The high cost of prescription drugs is a pain point for payers, prescribers and patients alike. Patients often experience sticker shock when they …

EHR Vendors: Are You Ready for Standards Changes Coming Soon to ePrescribing?

By Michael Burger, EHR and EDI Practice Lead We’ve seen a flurry of regulatory activity lately from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Among all the requirements, three …

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 …