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Bipartisan Senate bill would require EPCS nationwide to fight opioids

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation attempting to harness health information technology to help address the opioid crisis. The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act (EPCS) would mandate electronic prescriptions for all controlled substances under Medicare.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation attempting to harness health information technology to help address the opioid crisis. The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act (EPCS) would mandate electronic prescriptions for all controlled substances under Medicare. "We need to be using every tool at our disposal to fight the opioid epidemic," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the bill's sponsors, stating that EPCS would "help gather better data on the opioid epidemic while also helping health care providers make the best decisions for their patients." A recent Department of Justice report found that misused prescription opioids are often obtained illegally using forged or altered prescriptions and by consulting multiple doctors. It also determined that most prescription fraud remains undetected. The EPCS Act seeks to reduce the number of opioids obtained through such phony prescriptions and prevent doctor shopping. The legislation would direct health care providers to use e-prescribing for controlled substances for Medicare Part D transactions beginning in 2020.

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