NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 29 HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that an e-prescribing project in Pennsylvania will help providers in the state's fee-for-service Medicaid program improve compliance with the state's preferred drug list. According to the recent Pennsylvania Health Plan Analysis, the project will give Medicaid providers access to a large database of patient benefit and formulary information to guide them in more accurately prescribing medications for approximately 800,000 residents on fee-for-service Medicaid in the state.
By early August the database will be available to physicians who already have e-prescribing software and by September, the state will add Web-based e-prescribing functionality to the provider payment system already available to all Medicaid providers. While participation in the program is optional, the state anticipates it will be widely used.
E-prescribing adoption for Medicaid programs is increasing as states look to improve accuracy and safety in prescribing habits and save money by ensuring drugs prescribed are the ones the state prefers.
"The passage of federal healthcare reform has heightened the need to reduce costs in the healthcare system through efficient technologies such as e-prescribing," said Chris Lewis, senior analyst with HealthLeaders-InterStudy. "Pennsylvania already is a leader in e-prescribing among states, and the addition of fee-for-service Medicaid patients should raise its profile even higher, while also fostering better compliance with medications on the state's preferred drug list."
Other topics highlighted in the recent Pennsylvania Health Plan Analysis include:
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