PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care market, announced its completion of transition plans with all of its integrated pharmacy partners for CMS’s new enforcement of the use of National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT 10.6. Effective November 1, 2014, CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) will lift the exemption rule for long-term care providers and pharmacies that allowed the continued use of HL7 integrations and computer-generated faxes to communicate orders to pharmacies.
The CMS mandate has stipulated that long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) providers that are entering and faxing orders using a computer generated fax will be in non-compliance as of the November 1st deadline. In addition, PointClickCare customers entering orders and using the “Print to fax machine” functionality, will no longer be able to transmit orders to the pharmacy in this manner. Orders will need to be printed to paper, signed and then faxed to the pharmacy.
“PointClickCare understands the importance and urgency of this new CMS mandate for our customers. Our plan to phase out the HL7 interface and move forward with the new NCPDP SCRIPT 10.6 format as per the mandate is complete,” says Andy Brigant, VP, Pharmacy Services, PointClickCare. “The transition to NCPDP required minimal work for PointClickCare customers, and we were able to help all customers and partners meet the November 1st deadline and comply with the necessary business requirements.”
As part of this changeover, senior living homes that have been entering orders, printing them for signing and faxing orders, or homes that have been faxing handwritten copies, will not be required to change their workflow.
For more information on how PointClickCare has helped Orders Management and Physician Orders users make this transition, LTPAC providers and pharmacy partners can visit www.pointclickcare.com.
PointClickCare, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care market, helps healthcare providers meet the challenges of senior care by enabling them to achieve the business results that matter – enriching the lives of their residents, improving financial and operational health, and mitigating risk. Recently recognized as the 2014 #1 long-term care software vendor by KLAS Research, PointClickCare’s cloud-based software platform takes a person-centered approach to managing senior care, connecting healthcare providers across the senior care continuum with easy to use, regulatory compliant solutions for improved resident outcomes, enhanced financial performance, and staff optimization. Over 10,000 senior care facilities use PointClickCare today, making it the North American healthcare IT market leader for the senior care industry. For more information on PointClickCare’s ONC certified software solutions, please visit www.pointclickcare.com, or follow us on Twitter @PointClickCare.