Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances for C II-V (all schedules) is now allowed in every state in the U.S., including Washington, D.C.
While e-prescribing is now the preferred method of prescribing medications among the vast majority of prescribers, adoption of e-prescribing for controlled substances has been slow due to implentation complexities.
The AAFP has advocated for increased ease of EPCS implementation, and this process is now improving. However, while most pharmacies are now EPCS-enabled, physician and eligible provider adoption of EPCS remains low. This is despite the benefits of increased convenience and security for prescribers, and improved individual and population health from use of EPCS rather than paper prescriptions. We encourage you to get started.
We encourage you to get started by following the four steps outlined in the module below.
What You Will Learn Through the Getting Started with EPCS Module
- How to tell if your EHR software is certified and approved for EPCS(surescripts.com)
- Identity proofing and what that involves
- Potential requirements for two-factor authentication
- The basics around setting software security access controls