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The Jan. 1 deadline to electrically prescribe all medications in California in compliance with state law is fast-approaching.
To help members prepare, CDA on Nov. 30 hosted a free, one-hour webinar with its new Endorsed Services partner iCoreConnect to help dentists understand the process of transitioning from written and phoned-in prescriptions to electronic prescriptions. iCoreConnect also explained how its e-prescribing software iCoreRx is integrated into the dental practice.
CDA compiled questions submitted during the webinar and has answered those questions here. Repeated questions were eliminated, and questions were lightly edited for clarity. CDA members who missed the webinar, or those who wish to watch it again, can find the recording in CDA's Online Learning library.
Electronic data prescribing, or e-prescribing, is required for all medications, including noncontrolled substances, starting Jan 1, 2022. There are limited exceptions, and these include prescriber dispensing and power/internet outage. No exception is based on the quantity of prescriptions written. The exceptions are outlined in the CDA Practice Support resource Prescribing and Dispensing Q&A. Individual pharmacies will determine whether to fill a prescription that is called in or provided in a format other than an electronic data prescription.
No, e-prescribing will be required for all medications, including antibiotics, beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
If you will not be prescribing any medications, including noncontrolled substances, you do not need to install electronic prescribing software. Be aware that dental plans require contracted dentists to provide necessary prescriptions and that there is liability risk for a dentist who does not prescribe.
Yes, you should retain 2021-compliant prescription forms in case these situations occur. The reason you are not using e-prescribing for controlled substances must be documented in the patient record.
Possibly, if there is no computer or power available and no internet available on a smartphone. The reason you are not using e-prescribing for controlled substances must be documented in the patient record.
Yes, prescriptions dispensed by the prescriber are exempt from e-prescribing. Dispensing prescribers must comply with storage and record-keeping requirements. For more information, see the CDA Practice Support resource Prescribing and Dispensing Q&A.
Under state law, all California pharmacies are required to be capable of accepting electronic data prescriptions from all types of health care practitioners. One exception to this is when the prescriber and the dispenser are the same entity (source: Board of Pharmacy FAQ).
No, a prescriber is not required to have a DEA registration. They are required to have an active dentist license.
CURES is the state’s prescription drug monitoring database. Prescribers registered with the DEA are required to be registered to access CURES. Prescribers are required in most situations to check CURES prior to issuing a controlled-substances prescription. Dispensers of controlled substances are required to report dispensing activity to CURES regularly. A portion of dental license fees goes toward the maintenance of CURES. More information is available in the CDA Practice Support resource Prescribing and Dispensing Q&A.
CDA negotiated contracts with two companies that offer electronic-prescribing subscriptions with substantially discounted pricing just for CDA members. ePrescribe by Henry Schein One and iCoreRX from iCoreConnect are endorsed by CDA and available to members now. Additionally, CDA Practice Support’s Prescribing and Dispensing Q&A answers questions about prescribing, dispensing and administering both controlled and noncontrolled substances.