e-Prescribing Goes into Effect by Year’s End

Last year’s opioid law (Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018) requires electronic-only prescribing for controlled substances by all providers in all settings. Since its passage, DPH has been formulating the regulations to implement the law as well as to comply with federal updates to partial fill requirements. Last Wednesday, the Public Health Council signed off on the final e-prescribing regulations, which go into effect on December 27, 2019. However, the regulations do provide a grace period for implementation until January 1, 2021. MHA and the hospital and physician community have been working with DPH this year on issues of concern with the draft regulations. One of the biggest changes DPH accepted was to exclude Schedule VI drugs from the e-prescribing requirement. Schedule VI drugs are those outside of the federally designated schedules and are considered to have a low potential for abuse.