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
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