Setting Up Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

You can legally prescribe Schedule II–V controlled substances electronically in all 50 states, and many states require all controlled substances be e-prescribed. Check with your state board to find out if or when electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is required in your locality. EPCS is intended to protect your patients as well as your practice by discouraging doctor-shopping, preventing drug abuse, eliminating stolen and altered prescriptions, and providing an auditable record of prescriptions.

While Eyefinity EHR’s ePrescribing interface is capable of EPCS, you must undergo an authentication process before you’re able to prescribe controlled substances. You should begin the registration process at least two weeks before you’re required to use EPCS.

Before you can set up and use EPCS, you must have e-prescribing enabled in Eyefinity EHR. For more information, go to Setting Up ePrescribing for Users.

The registration process may take up to two weeks. The individual steps don’t take much time, but you can’t complete them in one sitting. Here’s an overview of the process:

  1. Request EPCS access from Eyefinity. Eyefinity will process your request with Surescripts.
  2. Create an ID.me account. Signing up is free and easy. ID.me is an authentication service used to verify your identity.
  3. Set up two-factor authentication. You’ll need to download the ID.me smartphone app. You'll need to install this app on a device that's separate from the iPad on which you use Eyefinity EHR.
  4. Verify your medical credentials. You’ll need to answer questions about your credit history to verify your identity and enter your medical credentials in ID.me to verify your EPCS eligibility. If you have a fraud alert message on file with a credit reporting agency, you must remove the fraud alert message.
  5. Set up software access. You’ll need a practice administrator and another provider to verify your EPCS access in Eyefinity EHR.

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