New eRx Legal Requirements Every Dentist Needs to Know

As of January 2021, more than half of all states require dentists to use ePrescribing to prescribe medication to patients. Very soon, more states will require dentists to use ePrescribing as well, possibly including yours.  There are also certain pediatric data requirements going into effect this year. Practice-Web can help you easily comply with both of these requirements!   

Pediatric Data Requirements from Surescripts

Surescripts is the engine behind DoseSpot, our recommended ePrescribing service, as well as another prescribing service we offer called NewCrop. It’s Surescripts on the back end helping you out with PMDP data and tasks like finding local pharmacies. 

For improved patient safety, Surescripts require providers to input height and weight information for pediatric patients this fall. If you’re using DoseSpot, we’ve already got you covered! Practice-Web will automatically pass the data from your software to DoseSpot and Surescripts, so you won’t need to change a thing. Just make sure you’re adding height and weight information for kids as part of your regular workflow. 

If you’re using NewCrop, you’ll want to migrate to DoseSpot before August 30, 2021. Our Sales team will get you squared away—just click here to connect

Spotlight: What’s Surescripts 

The Surescripts network connects healthcare professionals and pharmacies, sharing data in real-time for more informed care decisions and faster communication. More than two million healthcare professionals and organizations participate in the network which now has a master patient index that represents 98 percent of the population—a total of 324 million people. Despite the enormity of the database, Surescripts returns patient matches in an average of 0.04 seconds! 

More States Requiring ePrescribing Very Soon

Always check your local laws for final guidance. As a courtesy, we’ve gathered Surescripts data current as of June 8, 2021 for key states expecting changes below. 

California Dentists 

Effective January 1, 2022, all prescriptions will need to be sent electronically. As of June, just 54 percent of providers were prepared. 

Florida Dentists 

July 1, 2021 is the final cutoff for providers using EHR systems to start prescribing electronically. Only about half of all Florida providers are ready. 

Indiana Dentists 

Lawmakers are giving Indiana providers an extension due to the pandemic. EPCS requirements will kick in January 1, 2022. Nearly 80 percent of providers are prepared.  

Kansas Dentists 

Schedule II through V controlled substances containing opiates will require electronic prescriptions effective July 1, 2021. Just 56 percent of providers are ready. 

Michigan Dentists 

October 1, 2021 is the turning point for providers in Michigan—all prescriptions will need to be electronic. About 54 percent are ready. 

Utah Dentists

Electronic prescribing for controlled substance laws kick in on January 1, 2022 in Utah. More than 60 percent are already enabled. 

Washington State Dentists 

Providers in Washington were given an extension until January 1, 2022 due to the pandemic. The new legislation is specific to controlled substances. Nearly two-thirds are already compliant.  

Beat the Rush and Get DoseSpot Now 

DoseSpot integrates seamlessly with Practice-Web, so your workflows are smooth and efficient. You’ll also get a ton of helpful features, like two-way medication sync and the ability to prescribe on the go using your Dentist Portal.  

If you’re not already signed up for Practice-Web Support, you’ll need to renew to qualify

If you have Support, click here to sign up for DoseSpot

You can also read more about DoseSpot on our product pagewatch our on-demand electronic prescribing webinar, or contact us for more information.  

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