“QS/1 has been at the forefront of every initiative in the electronic transmission of medical data,” said Kevin Welch, president, Smith Technologies and chief technology officer for JM Smith Corporation. “As CMS moves forward with SCRIPT standard version 2017071, QS/1 will work with our partners at Surescripts to ensure we are giving community pharmacy the tools they need to transmit e-prescriptions in the new format before the January 2020 deadline.”
The NCPDP SCRIPT standard is used to securely exchange information between prescribers, dispensers, and Medicare prescription drug plans, including the 4.8 million e-prescriptions that Surescripts transmits each day. The new SCRIPT standard version 2017071 will include new features and transaction options that reduce confusion and replace manual processes. These updates will improve patient safety and prescription accuracy while making workflows between healthcare providers and pharmacies more efficient.
“Surescripts plays a key role convening the industry and leading all participants in the Surescripts Network Alliance through periods of change. By working together across markets, we can generate enormous value – not just for each other, but for society,” said Mike Pritts, chief product officer, Surescripts. “Given QS/1’s experience in implementing previous versions of the NCPDP SCRIPT standard, Surescripts is confident QS/1 will again guide community pharmacies as the January 2020 deadline approaches.”
QS/1 is pleased to partner with Surescripts to adopt this new standard for e-prescriptions to ensure patients can efficiently fill crucial, and often life-saving, medications. Surescripts has invested in technology solutions and business processes to lead the industry in transitioning to the new NCPDP SCRIPT standard while preserving network stability and patient safety. As part of the transition, Surescripts is collaborating with all participants across the Surescripts Network Alliance and taking a proactive and unified approach to make this transition as seamless as possible.