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Do controlled substances qualify as "permissible prescriptions" for meeting the electronic prescribing (eRx) meaningful use objective under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs?

The inclusion of controlled substances in the permissible prescriptions for the purposes of the eRx meaningful use objective is an option for providers, but not be required. As discussed in the Stage 3 Final Rule, many states have varying policies regarding controlled substances and may address different schedules, dosages, or types of prescriptions differently. Given these developments with states easing some of the prior restrictions on electronically prescribing controlled substances, we believe it is no longer necessary to categorically exclude controlled substances from the term “permissible prescriptions” (80 FR 62801). Therefore, for the purposes of this objective, that prescriptions for controlled substances may be included in the definition of permissible prescriptions where the electronic prescription of a specific medication or schedule of medications is permissible under state and For more information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please" Keywords: FAQ10067 Updated 5/12/2016

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