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Public and private collaborative efforts will accelerate e-prescribing and immediately benefit patients and providers by saving lives, decreasing costs and improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare.
That was the repeated theme of key political and industry stakeholders at the symposium hosted in Washington, US recently by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) and RxHub, LLC.
Support for making e-prescribing mandatory across Medicare, the US health system, was given by prominent US politicians, such as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Senator John Kerry.
They said that requiring e-prescribing in Medicare Part D (a Federal progamme to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries) was critical to driving increased physician adoption of e-prescribing, saving billions of dollars in the next five years, as well as preventing thousands of deaths and unnecessary hospitalisations for Medicare beneficiaries.
Support for requiring e-prescribing in Medicare Part D spans the public and private sectors, said Mark Merritt, President and Chief Executive Officer for PCMA.