INDUSTRY WATCH

New York EPCS Deadline Delayed One Year

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that postpones until March 2016 the deadline for doctors in the state of New York to use only electronic prescriptions.

“If prescribers and pharmacies in New York are going to be able to take full advantage of the breathing room afforded by Governor Cuomo’s decision today,” says Ken Whittemore, Jr., R.Ph., SVP of professional and regulatory affairs for Surescripts, “then we all must continue to work very diligently to prepare for this somewhat delayed, but still looming, legal mandate that all prescriptions issued in the state be transmitted electronically. Surescripts will continue its intense focus on driving the adoption and utilization of e-prescribing in New York, with our ultimate goal being to connect healthcare organizations to improve care and curb prescription fraud, diversion and abuse. We will work diligently with all of our customers to help them achieve full compliance with the I-STOP law. Providers who want to learn more about the process of enabling e-prescribing of controlled substances can visit www.GetEPCS.com to get started today.”

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