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Secure prescription blanks get an added layer of security

Beginning on July 7, prescription blanks with secure features will be moved into Omnicell in all Asante hospitals to ensure sound stewardship of our controlled substances.

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Beginning on July 7, prescription blanks with secure features will be moved into Omnicell in all Asante hospitals. Each secure blank will be accessed individually under a registered patient name using the Omnicell override function.

This change is in response to increased scrutiny from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, since only such secure blanks may be used to prescribe controlled substances. The DEA sees no functional difference between secure blanks and the controlled substances themselves. Associated with this change will be higher security with secure prescription printer paper, which will remain under lock at all times with only a few sheets in printer trays.

Most use of prescription blanks is for noncontrolled medication orders or even nonmedication orders, such as crutches, neb devices and release-from-work permissions. These do not require prescription paper with secure features. To ease access to simple prescription blanks, pads of prescription blanks without secure features will be readily available to providers on nursing units. The DEA has no jurisdiction over prescription blanks without secure features, so these simple pads may be maintained freely on the unit with no need to control access.

Mandatory e-prescribing is coming

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, CMS will require controlled substances for Schedule II-V drugs to be prescribed electronically. Asante ITS has added a workflow that will allow providers to electronically prescribe controlled substances (EPCS) to pharmacies. To e-prescribe, providers first will need to enroll in EPCS, which takes about 15 minutes. After enrollment, Provider Support will help train providers in the process.

To enroll or if you have questions, please reach out to Provider Support.

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