EPCS – Electronic Prescription for Controlled Substances: The DEA has amended its regulations to allow practitioners to be able to send their prescriptions for controlled substances electronically for all Schedule II through V, in lieu of signing and faxing or calling in verbal authorizations. This would allow a pharmacist to accept, annotate, dispense and electronically archive such prescriptions.
1. The prescriber MUST use an EPCS certified EHR application.
2. The prescriber MUST complete an Identity Proofing Process.
3. The prescriber MUST use a Two-Factor Authentication procedure to login into his/her EHR.
EPCS eliminates the prescribers need to sign and fax in a controlled prescription or give a verbal authorization over the phone. In addition, it reduces paperwork and the number of prescription errors that illegible handwriting, missing faxes, and misinterpreted verbal authorizations cause. Lastly, patients will be able to fill and receive their prescriptions quicker and more efficiently.
For all new prescribers that sign up now, they will incur a small cost of $1.00 annually (One Dollar). This fee is an early introductory fee that may change down the road. Sign up now!
The first step in the EPCS enrollment is the verification of the prescriber DEA number
The second step in the EPCS enrollment captures all the necessary information to initiate your Identity Proofing process. The information provided MUST be your personal information, otherwise the Identity Proofing process will be delayed.
This step will collect your payment for the annual EPCS subscription. This subscription will auto-renew each year on the original payment date with the credit card provided.
The next step is to print the documents. After you have successfully printed the documents, click the “I have successfully printed the documents” and have the documents signed and notarized.
The final step in the process is to upload the signed and notarized documents to complete the identity proofing process. After the completion of this step you will be notified when you have become EPCS certified.