EPCS – Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

DEA EPCS Certified
Seamless ePrescribing Workflow
Prevent Prescription Fraud

Key Features

EPCS Certified

DocVilla is EPCS DEA certified which means you can Electronically Prescribe Controlled Substances. DocVilla offers a seamless workflow which reduces any chances of error.

Hard/Soft tokens

If you enroll in EPCS with DocVilla then DocVilla provides you with both hardware and software tokens for two-factor authentication as is mandated by DEA.

Seamless Workflow

DocVilla offers seamless workflow with safeguards in place to the providers which increases productivity, reduces chances of error. You can add EPCS to your account for a small fee.

How Does EPCS Work?

The DEA requires a 2-Factor Authentication sign off, meaning when a prescriber electronically sends a controlled substance prescription they must sign it using a password and a token. Each prescriber who wishes to e-Prescribe controlled substances must go through an identity proofing and authentication process in order to receive a token. DocVilla EMR supports two factor authentication for HIPAA compliance. You will need a password to login and then will have to enter a one-time code sent to you email. Then in order to electronically prescribe controlled substances, you will have to enter auto generated number from your soft or hard token. This ensures the system is secure and safe!

What is EPCS (Electronic Prescription of Controlled Substances), Benefits, and Overview of Regulatory Requirements?

Did you know that the studies done by the CDC have revealed that in the year 2018, drug overdoses resulted in more than 70,000 deaths and of those, about two-thirds involved opioids or prescription drugs? The controlled substances were misused mainly because of the paper prescriptions and the theft of the Prescriber’s DEA number and its fraudulent use. As per the federal law, any prescription for the controlled substances was required to be issued in writing. However, the US Drug Enforcement Administration or DEA amended its regulations in June 2010. In order to reduce needless deaths, the DEA provided clinical practitioners with the option of issuing Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances or EPCS to a pharmacy in lieu of a paper prescription. Any drug that has the potential for abuse or dependence is a controlled substance and is categorized in five Schedules. The potential of their abuse decreases as we move from Schedule 1 to 5. Even though the electronic prescribing for Schedule 2 through 5 controlled substances was legalized in the United States in the year 2010, many states did not allow Schedule 2 drugs to be e-prescribed then. But now, all drug schedules except Schedule 1 are legally allowed to be e-prescribed in all the 50 States. Moreover, more than 99% of the U.S. pharmacies are EPCS enabled thus allowing widespread adoption. The DEA legalized the use of EPCS as a technology solution for 2 main reasons. The first was to deter the rising prescription drug abuse. The second was to address the issue of fraudulent and stolen prescriptions by requiring prescriber authentication. It allowed the clinical practitioners to write and transmit controlled substance prescriptions electronically without exposing their DEA number and also permitted the pharmacies to receive it safely. DEA Rules require that a provider should first register with the DEA after which they would receive a DEA number to prescribe controlled substances. The provider is also required to maintain two-factor authentication tokens and passwords. The practitioner’s responsibilities are the same when prescribing electronically as they are with oral or paper prescriptions. DEA rules require the EMR technology to be a certified product. It ensures proper account creation, signing, and refilling of controlled substance prescriptions. The technology must allow prescribers to access identity verification as well as two-factor authentication. E-prescribing is now part of the “Every Prescription Conveyed Securely”, a mandate by the federal government which will take effect in 2021. Electronic prescribing with built-in features is one of the most effective ways to prevent drug abuse. DocVilla is EPCS certified and offers end to end solution for meeting DEA requirements for EPCS. DocVilla supports DEA approved two-factor authentication and provides e-prescribing workflows which providers love.

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DocVilla is EPCS certified which means that providers on DocVilla platform can prescribe controlled substances to their patients. As e-Prescribing is becoming the norm, the need for electronic prescribing of controlled substances Schedule II-V drugs is becoming greater. The Federal DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) requires that EPCS certified EMRs and Software to meet the strict requirements and go through a third-party audit to check that these requirements are met. DocVilla has been audited by Better Partners LLC and certified by Surescripts® and exceeds those requirements. We are one of the few EMRs platforms which have this certification.

EPCS is allowed in all the 50 states. However, the law does not allow providers to prescribe EPCS through telemedicine. However, if you have in-person office setting then you can electronically prescribe controlled substances.

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