NCPDP Releases New Standard and Enhancements to E-Prescribing SCRIPT Standard

The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs has issued a new Specialized Standard and enhancements to its SCRIPT Standard, according to an organization news release.

The SCRIPT Standard, which is a requirement under meaningful use, allows eligible providers to transmit prescriptions electronically to pharmacies. The newly enhanced version, which now creates XML schemas, also meets requirements for Brand Medically Necessary electronic prescriptions, per CMS' requirements. The enhanced SCRIPT Standard also supports one common syntax for SCRIPT transactions and moves the Census transaction to the Specialized Standard Implementation Guide to support an implementation guide for general exchanges.

The Specialized Standard was developed for transmitting information electronically between prescribers, providers, payors, pharmacies and other entities. The Specialized Standard Implementation Guide addresses electronic transmission of census information about a patient between a facility and a pharmacy and medication therapy management transactions between providers, payors, pharmacies and other entities.

The Specialized Standard will include other transactions for electronic exchanges between these entities in the future.

Read the news release about the Specialized Standard and enhanced SCRIPT Standard (pdf).

Read other coverage about meaningful use:

- Florida Pilot Program Allows ED Physicians to Share Patient Information

Study: $162K EMR Pricetag for Five-Physician Practice

AHA: ICD-10 Implementation Makes Meaningful Use Stage 2 Deadline Unrealistic

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