I'd like for nurses to eRx (e-Prescribe) and approve refill requests

I like to suggest that nurses have the ability to send authorized prescriptions or that providers have the ability to forward their refill requests when out of office. These are very important issues.
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    I would love it also..it would save my docs ALOT of time!!
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    Absolutely necessary. This is a major hindrance in PF.
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    I agree that along with many other areas not having our nursing staff be able to handle script refills is extremely time consuming on the providers.
    Is the capability for nursing staff to do it in the works?
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    This function is very much needed. Most doctors do not put in their own prescriptions, nurses put through verbal orders for these. Is this capability being considered?
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    Does anyone know if PF is looking at this issue?
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  • Only individuals who are legally able to prescribe medication can be enabled with e-Prescribing under their username and send an e-Prescription. At this time, there is not a way for a provider to "share" their e-Prescribing permissions with other staff members in order to e-Prescribe or handle refills.
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    • There is reprieve; simply opt out of eRefill program... will find link and procedure described elsewhere by contacting PF - then you will receive no refill request; better still as described before PF/EHR and pharma Industry have to fix this by having brand generic and neogeneric-brands ( different names under generic Advil etc)! merged in the same rectangular slot Rx box on Rx screen.. will add links here soon...

      http://forum.practicefusion.com/pract...

      http://forum.practicefusion.com/pract...
    • But that doesn't solve the problem of other providers in the office not being able to see refill requests when another provider is on vacation or out of the office. Also, there is NO reason that a support staff shouldn't be allowed to review and deny refill requests.
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    This feature would really be welcome as it would be less time consuming for the Dr. Understanding the implications of problems and malpractice issues, liabilities I do respect PF's views on that, however if the message regarding refills come in a general mailbox, then the office staff and the Dr can handle as deemed necessary rather than the Dr. (almost like a punishment) getting saddled with the entire work.
    • But you are missing the point. This is a free program. You do not pay any fees. So why should you even bother to look a gift horse in the mouth. Now stop complaining about free stuff and use the time to see another patient and bring more income into your practice which would be a better use of your time. Regards.
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    Yes, our previous electronic prescription program (RXNT) did allow nurses to process orders for prescriptions. It is really the only way our office can get by. Our provider says that no having this functionality is almost a deal breaker for us using Practice Fusion...
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    This idea is mandatory. Please fix this flaw in PF.
    Walter Boyanton, MD
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    When is Practice Fusion going to program their EHR to permit nurses to e-prescribe instead of forcing the physicians to do what is generally the nurse's responsibility in a primary care office? It is completely legal for a nurse to prescribe under a physician's medical license in all 50 states. I have signed up with PF but am unable to implement or adopt it for this one reason. I have many geriatric patients and it is nothing for one patient to take 10 or more different medications. If I have to e-prescribe these medications my office productivity is reduced 50% IMMEDIATELY. This makes PF an extremely expensive EHR system to adopt. Primarily it makes almost the entire workload in a medical office the direct responsibility of the physician and thus prohibits a physician from delegating assignments to other office personnel, as is customary in all medical offices.
    Thank you,
    Walter Boyanton, MD

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    A Real Productivity Destroyer in Practice Fusion--A Deal Breaker.
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    • But you are missing the point. This is a free program. You do not pay any fees. So why should you even bother to look a gift horse in the mouth. Now stop complaining about free stuff and use the time to see another patient and bring more income into your practice which would be a better use of your time. Regards.
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    EHR in general including in my hospital has increased physician work time enormously. Can take care of fewer patients, more mickeymouse. Practice Fusion is no different.
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    I think the medico-legal issues with allowing nurses to send e-Rx would be sticky. However, I have worked in offices where nurses and MAs were allowed to DENY incoming requests based on our SOP (if they hadn't met certain requirements for follow up, etc). That EMR (specifically eCW) allowed for a single assigned support staff, chosen by the provider, to review incoming requests and deny them, but not approve them.
    If nothing else, it would be more than helpful if support staff and other providers could, at the very minimum review the incoming eRx refill requests of all providers so that out of town part time providers' electronic refill requests are not neglected.
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    The real problem is the obscene amount of time I have to spend taking care of routine refills. Using an EMR is much more time consuming anyway and this just compounds the problem.
    If other EMR's can do it, PF should also.
    This is NOT a minor problem and there is no reason why it cannot be fixed.
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    • Lin,
      That is not even a possibility considering Oxycontin is a Schedule II drug and requires the original paper Rx at the pharmacy in order to be filled. I don't think nurses/MAs are looking for access to eRx to just run down the list and hit 'send' on every request. I know I am definitely checking the patient's chart thoroughly and asking questions if I need to. I could sit here and call in a medication for any patient I want to all day long if I want to. All we are looking for is the ability to increase efficiency and smooth out patient flow by utilizing a feature that was built for that purpose in the first place.
      We now live in a world where instant communication is the new norm. If you need to get information to someone quickly are you going to hand-write them a letter or are you going to send them an e-mail?
    • But you are missing the point. This is a free program. You do not pay any fees. So why should you even bother to look a gift horse in the mouth. Now stop complaining about free stuff and use the time to see another patient and bring more income into your practice which would be a better use of your time. Regards.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Is there a work-around to allow support staff to review incoming e-script requests?
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    • Erica, a physician DOES have that kind of time in an eRx system that is more streamlined. I've been e-prescribing in various ways for about 10 years now, and I've never had to ask my staff to do my prescriptions for me. PF is the only place where I've seen it suggested/done, as it is very time consuming and onerous. A streamlined system would likely allow you to do your own work.
    • Okay, that's fine for you. I was speaking of OUR own situation. MY PHYSICIAN expresses that HE does not have the time. I should have clarified that I was not telling you that YOU do not have time. I don't think anyone on the internet should tell someone else how they should do their job, so I apologize if it came across that way. I simply support this feature being added as an option for providers such as mine.
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    This is very much needed. Of course nurses and medical assistants aren't writing for new prescriptions...but in my office, after I see the patient I let the nurse know if any meds were changed and give her the go ahead to refill OLD prescriptions. Guess we will keep using all scripts erx until we can fully use PF.
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    I agree that some sort of authorization should be implemented. Other EMRs allow this functionality. Since I changed to eprescribing in Practice Fusion, patient satisfaction with rapid refills has plummeted in my practice. This is because instead of just telling my office staff to simply call into the pharmacy for me once I authorize a refill/script, the patient now has to wait for me to write/refill the script.

    The way this portion of the system works does not address real-world practice.

    Please look into this. I understand the legal issues fully. I am not asking someone to prescribe for me. I am authorizing the script and allowing a different set of hands to send it so I can spend time seeing other patients.
    • I guess I don't understand how it is that if you're okaying an incoming request, you can't click a couple of more times to send the prescription. I'm not being facetious, I just don't understand how it's slowing you down to look at it to authorize and not just continue to click through until it's been sent.
    • Are you saying that you're authorizing faxed or called requests and that's what is slowing you down? Or authorizing electronically sent refill requests?
      Once we started going to eRx, we started responding to faxed requests by using a sharpie to mark the request with "please request electronically" and faxing it back to the pharmacy. We also started asking patients who were calling for refill requests to contact the pharmacy and ask the pharmacy to send the request electronically. After about 3 months of aggressively enforcing a "no faxed refill requests" policy, we stopped getting faxes and patients learned the ropes, making things MUCH faster.
      The only issue we have now is that when a provider is out of town or on vacation or works part time, other providers (who can legally prescribe) do not have access to their incoming requests and they may go with no response for up to 10 days, because of vacation schedules.
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    There is one theme I'm seeing over and over in this thread: Let my staff do it because it takes too much time for me to do it.
    Practice Fusion staff, I invite you to read between the lines here: the prescribing interface is slow, bulky, it's self-defeating.
    ***It has to be opened anew for each individual medication.
    ***If a medication is staying the same but the dose is changing, one has to discontinue the one prescription and start a whole new prescription
    ***For printed Rx, it only prints one prescription per page, which means a couple of extra clicks per written Rx.

    I promise that if the eprescribing process were much more streamlined, you'd see fewer of these complaints.

    Also, I would definitely try to sort out here what people are asking for, as there seem to be 2 different issues here being requested.
    1--allowing support staff (nurses and medical assistants) to generate and send new prescriptions--something that medico-legally is very tricky and frankly should not be allowed. If a prescribing provider is adding the medication to the patient's med list, sending the Rx should not be so onerous that he asks his staff o do it for him.
    2--allowing support staff to review and deal with REFILL requests. This is a very different situation that could be allowed with office policy and written SOPs. This could very will improve and streamline the work of physicians in the office.

    Again, this discussion has opened up a lot of issues that all EMRs present but also very specifically the problem in PF that is daunting for many prescribers: the e-prescribe interface stinks.
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  • I’m concerned about practice coverage
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    If PF changed this so requests come into the Practice instead of the to the specific physician, they could then be forwarded to the covering provider. This is a serious problem when the provider is out of the office as your current system requires us to log into that person's account to even see the requests. This would of course cause medicolegal issues. Practice Fusion needs to focus on this as it affects care and work flow.
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  • There are a few hacks we did to make this work, but I agree it would be much better the way an office used to work.
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    • what would be even nicer, frankly, is to have a system that is very streamline and efficient that you just do it yourself, which is what we as providers should, ethically, be doing. All of the work around hacks are violations of the user license agreement and so cannot be posted here.
    • Thank you GirlfriendMD, this is a great point! We encourage all of our providers to use Practice Fusion as intended.

      I also want to point out how much we appreciate your dedication to this suggestion. Thank you for your continued patience- I know this is a feature you are incredibly invested in having available through PF.
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  • I strongly agree with GirlfriendMD. I am an office manager and see your current prescribing restrictions as a great time drain for the physician. Our physician currently authorizes refills and prescribes all medications personally and then our staff calls or faxes them in. It would take too much time for him to do this all himself in our busy family practice where many patients and multiple complaints and multiple medications. It is also disruptive that he opens the PF and has many refills requests that you are asking him to manually decline. Slows productivity too much for no reason. He should just be able to delete them.
    • I am shocked to once again hear of a provider who finds it to onerous to complete the prescribing process on his own. Granted, I am very fortunate in that I have the luxury of 30 minutes per patient appointment in our practice model so that isn't an issue for me.
      However, when I was in a more traditional practice model and doing eRx, first with drFirst/Rcopia and then with the Misys EMR (which was a terrible EMR system, just terrible), seeing anywhere from 27 to 35 patients a day as a solo provider, doing eprescribing was never so difficult so as to make me defer the task to my staff. As horrible as Misys was, I could at least batch prescribe and the prescribing process was simple and straightforward.
      And yet, I see post after post about physicians who have given up this job to their staff because the e-Rx process in this EMR is so burdensome.
      That, as much as anything, should be a convicting commentary, PF staff. I would think that at least some sense of professional pride would give you some sense of alarm and urgency in this issue.
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  • To Practice Fusion Staff only - this is an issue, you can see by the number of entries. I know you have to make the system work for all 50 states, but my solution did work and does not involve e-prescribing. It gives the physician the double check to be sure things going out are correct. It does speed up getting Rx's out of the office with minimal interference of doc-patient time. It is not illegal to have staff send in Rx's, even controlled drugs.
    You know you have a good product and some work-arounds are necessary to allow the developers to do their thing and not be rushed.
    • Can you share your solution? Is it some idea not usable for some reason? Personally, I spend all day on refills. I have to squeeze many days into one, I am not joking.
      Can office staff log-in to PF and even document a refill that they faxed in?
      thanks, Serena
    • Hi Serena, I am sorry to hear this workflow has caused a large amount of extra time dedicated to refill requests.

      Currently there is not a way to document a staff member faxing a refill request and having this information be pushed or recorded when you are approving or denying refills. However, you can record this information within the Basic section of the patients chart- you will have to confirm this in the chart before denying the refill request.

      Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback in the Help Forum, we certainly acknowledge this as a pain point for a majority of our provider. We will make sure to keep this thread updated with information as it becomes available on this workflow.
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  • This may be unbelievable but I just discovered: We use NP's. Their refill requests do to their own "Home" No one else in the office can see these refills. How can we get all refill requests to go all NP’s and MD’s as some NP just work 2-3 days/week so the refills are not being handled in a timely manner!!! Then anyone can handle the refills

    I could not figure out why we were getting fax refill requests an people saying the pharmacy called us.
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    PF has a giant hole. Unlike labs that come back to the general pot, refills only go to a specific physician/NP.

    What happens when one is on vacation?

    What happens when a doctor leaves as just happened to us? We still need to monitor her id to see if refills come to her, deny them, then reenter the scripts on another physician or NP.

    Your employee stated we just share the id and password so someone can do the scripts. This is not a solution since I would need an employee going and out of 5 id’s all day to pick up new refill requests. Your employee does not understand how an office practice works.

    I did not understand why we were getting faxed refill requests and irate patients and pharmacists saying we did not respond to a refill request.

    PF must dump all refill request in a pot that all prescribers: MD. NP, PA can see refills like you do for labs.

    Please fix this problem ASAP. This is quirk in PF juts like your email program that allow multiple ‘TO’ addresses but PF removes the email when the first person answers. WHY IS PF SO QUIRKY?
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    • Alan makes the key point: it does not address the needs of the patient to suspend the refill requests. Also, it does not address the issue of part time providers. We have providers who work 2 days a week, causing significant delay and unnecessary extra faxes and phone calls for refill requests. It's a time suck that only exacerbates the problem.
    • This is an important point. Physicians in my practice (and in most practices I know of) cover for each other. If you are using a fax or telephone system for prescription refills then someone can triage these requests to the covering physician. PF needs to send refill requests to a general area where they can be triaged to the covering physician. And, by covering physician, I am talking about a physician in our practice!
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    This is so absolutely vital to the smooth functioning of a practice, and has been requested by so many it is hard to believe PF has still not addressed this. It causes problems on a daily basis when a practitioner is not in the office, and slows us down since support personnel cannot even access the ERX requests to have the physician address them verbally, etc. PF, please change this now!
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    If one person has to use multiple ids, then what is the use of password protection.

    Users should know that PF has created a serious legal liability for providers for failure to deal with refills in a timely manner. Someone will get sued and you will be joined as a party for this unbelievably poor programming method.

    I just can’t believe this does not have the highest priority to fix.
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    • Alan, you misunderstood, when I said 'assigning another provider or staff" I meant making sure that Practice Fusion adds that ability as a feature. I didn't mean giving someone else your log in as this is a violation of the user agreement. if you scroll up in this conversation you'll see multiple comments from me suggesting that there should be the ability for other providers to review each other's refill requests when out of the office.
      In eClinical Works each provider could assign a staff member to be able to approve/deny refill requests on their behalf. Also, MD's were allowed to see all pending RF requests sent to the practice.
      When an alternate physician approved and Rx, a notification would pop up saying "since you are a different physician from the original prescriber, the pharmacy will be notified that the request is denied with new Rx to follow" and a new prescription (new in that it was from a different provider) was automatically generated and sent.
      There's no reason PF can't include such a feature, since it appears to be fairly standard in almost every eRx program I've used in the past (Misys, DrFirst's Rcopia and eCW).
    • MDs should be able to see all pending refills and act on those that are for themselves and other physicians for whom they may be covering.
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  • The link given in the note goes to a suggestion, not an actual feature. Is this a real feature. If so, How do I find it and use it?--JP
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    I would like at least some way for others in the office to see what refill requests are coming in. Just allowing others to be able to deny refills is a huge time saver. Approximately 80% of the refill requests I get are from pharmacies that already have a valid script in their system for the medication they are requesting. This is because automatic refill systems at pharmacies generate those requests when a script is due without checking their own system for duplicate scripts. Given the volume of patients I see this is alot of wasted time. I would much rather have someone else sort through these and just give me the requests for refills that are truly needed. There should be a way to at least view the requests.

    This is also needed for when the doctor is out of town or the office. Otherwise refills will go into a never-never land where the pharmacy tells the patient the refill request is being faxed - and it lands in a computer where no one sees it.
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    This is typical: A PF feature that is missing from the pathway that has been pointed out countless times for months or years is either simply ignored or users are told that that is a "great idea" and "thanks" and "we'll take it to our programmers," and then a whole lot of nothing happens. This thread started 7 months ago and was last contributed to 9 hours ago, and there is not ONE SINGLE reply from PF. So I'll reiterate as I've reiterated before: No matter what "enhancements" PF makes in the e-Rx pathway, they WILL NOT be appreciated and you will continue to get complaints instead of praise because the changes users want most are being IGNORED: To wit, making it possible for someone OTHER THAN THE PROVIDER to enter and change the patient pharmacy and to enter, update, and approve prescriptions. If your professed aim is to make LESS work for the provider, you've failed: Your e-Rx pathway makes MORE work, not less. Writing paper prescriptions is MUCH less time-consuming than using PF's e-Rx pathway, and to my dismay and chagrin, I find myself more and more trying to AVOID using, rather than using, PF's e-Rx pathway, and going back to paper Rxs, at least with non-Medicare/Medicaid patients. And one more thing: With Allscripts, there is 2-way communication between the pharmacies and the office. Once a patient is entered into Allscripts, their med list is populated with pharmacy records available to the clearinghouse. It's far from perfect, but it's a big help, especially when you have patients who can barely remember their own names, much less the names of their medications.

    Your development staff really seems to be more or less oblivious to what it's like out here on the front lines and in the trenches, trying to care for patients all day long and day after day, while daily sinking deeper under the dead weight of continuously proliferating underfunded government mandates. I'm beginning to wonder if $40+K is sufficient compensation for all this time spent, headaches and lost productivity; INCLUDING the time it takes to get on this forum and post these messages, and then to wait for changes or answers that never come.
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    Eloquently stated. WAKE UP, Practice Fusion. Begin with the customer in mind.--JP
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    Do you think you will have this feature in the future?
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    I agree with the above statements! I was a "super user" for eClinical Works at another office I used to work at and now switching to Practice Fusion and having this problem is a major time waster!! I work for a provider who does house calls so since the provider is never in the office, it is impossible to know how many or which patients are requesting a medication refill. Time and time again pharmacies are calling saying they "faxed three requests" when they really have just sent it via escribing so the nursing staff is getting rude phone calls from the pharmacy because refills have not been done yet. Since 95% of our patients are geriatric, at least 3 or 4 Rx's need to be refilled at the same time. Calling Rx refills into the pharmacy is a large portion of the day that could be eliminated with a few simple clicks made by nursing staff. Not only would this significantly increase productivity but it would also provide time to communicate with patients, family members and other physicians/specialists that are involved in patient care appropriately. Besides, isn't the point of an EHR and EMR to have better access to patient care and to have primary practices become the "gatekeepers" of patient care? In order to do this, especially in this day and age where technology has allowed us to do progress at such a rapid pace, we all need to be able to utilize features like this to develop a more efficient workflow!!! Please add this feature!
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    • good idea, if possible. I don't know why it wouldn't be possible. my reasons aren't on the menu so I have to lie to do it. A custom reason would be okay, if I need to put a reason.
    • Two more points:
      1) Another important reason to have two-way communication from the pharmacies through the clearinghouse is another reason to which PF seems to be oblivious and which I have pointed out several times before: When it comes to prescriptions, the system records the dates written and renewed, so those are taken care of; what we NEED to know, what EMRs like Allscripts provide and PF doesn't, is the LAST FILL DATE.

      2) Patients often self-d/c their medications but don't tell me until they're in the office again, which is often months later (or even years if they're lost to followup for a long time), and they DON'T remember the exact date they stopped the med. Sometimes they're hard put to remember even the MONTH they stopped the med. So since PF REQUIRES that we put an exact date when the med was stopped, you know what PF forces me to do? I lie, because I have no other choice. I arbitrarily choose a stop date that may or may not be even close to the actual date. The field needs options to put just the week or month or even the approximate month OR "Patient doesn't remember." And the reason for stopping the medication should be optional, and there should be a freetext option, because I don't know who set up the drop-down list of reasons for stopping, but it clearly was not a doctor. Sometimes the patient doesn't recall not only WHEN they stopped their med, but even WHY. We need to be able to note that.

      Practice Fusion, take note: Patients don't go around thinking, "I've got to exercise military precision and consistency in the way I deal with my health and medical conditions so that when I see my doctor, he/she can put just the right bits of information into just the right electronic pigeonholes in just the right logical and precise standardized format." There is a clear impression that the folks at PF don't understand or appreciate that the practice of medicine isn't orderly and logical, where everything can be specifically categorized. Medical practice can be messy and disorganized because patients' lives, problems and thinking can be messy and disorganized. The difference between real medical practice and PF's concept as evidenced by how their EMR models medical practice is akin to the difference between real war and a computer war game.
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    Staff will enter RX's in on MD's behalf... is there a way to have a drop box to change the provider so rx does not prescribe from the nurse, MA, or other delegated staff?

    Thanks!!!
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    I suggest a system where designated staff could generate prescriptions and forward to the prescriber for electronic signature in bulk, sort of the way we sign imported documents.
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  • MD support staff are covered under the malpractice of MD and work under the direction of the doc. Refills are a routine function and task for MA and nurses. This functionality is a must
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  • This till an Official picks up:

    Firstly, the title of the page, though self explanatory for an old wish, the wish itself, though, voiced in unison, requires thoughts to be incorporated around what the laws of the land are.. in this case that would lands with a plural as the reference point in most aspects is state even tough approved by DEA and so on...

    Though who want some change in this arena should give a run down who is authorized to Rx in which state... Most state allow the eligible providers to RX and the Experian, or prior otherwise, process of providing this functionality in PF is based on just that.

    So that Users not belittle eRefills denial, a concept has to be invoked... a denial requires as much an authorization as the original prescription... so for denial let the support staff help etc is no argument...

    The functionality in PF is still need to be enhanced in Rx space and detailed elsewhere previously with respect to drug-drug interactions and such... search word "wheel and spoke" referring to drugs located at each spoke in wheel configuration and one to many in interactions... currently sequential drugs if on addition of that new drug causing interaction alert is only that counts and triaging all this is challenging at best even for our trained EP and in corollary the discontinuation of a med is also complex as the void can unmask the problem for which that drug was prescribed in the first place as compensatory to allay side effects and so on..

    After a study of all the states laws around this space, please detail which state has what and so on to guide the process of allowing the support staff to give final stroke around this matter; the study will give the picture of what limits we have to abide by. Any actions outside this limits can be tantamount to a violation... so you guessed it, if there not much movement around this topic, it is because of that. A quilt patterned requirements of state may pose a challenge for PF but still doable with effort... So my fellow users, it is time to contribute to this effort or else accept status as it is..
    As mentioned before, i am not much impacted but I would like better functionality and straighten out some kinks around Rx system...

    Expressly needed is the features for cross coverage of Eligible Providers to continue care say around Rx, reports, ability to view each others SOAP and other data etc. Common incoming repository to be worked e.g. Rx refills, reports, messages etc can be worked on and each step of the way needs restriction of function to the tasks authorized in primum
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    Strongly agree, we need the feature that allow nurses to refill eRx for doctors
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  • Hi everybody,

    I some really good news. We are actively working on a redesign of our prescribing workflow. Part of this will include the ability to process refill requests on behalf of another person. Please watch out for a new forum post under our updates section for more details on how this work work next week.
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  • I’m frustrated but hopeful for a change
    I'm only replying to reiterate the importance of this. If nurses can call in an RX on my behalf, they should be able to ERX one as well. I know it happens with other software at other practices.
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  • I think it is allowed for the office employees to arrange medication lists, reconcile medications from different sources, then the doctor can review and approve finalize the print or send to pharmacy.
    PF should allow everything regarding Rx list except final approval and sending,
    The problem in PF is that every medicine has to be done one at a time, no patch processing, like I cant pick 5 of 10 medications by clicking in a small box near each and press send to pharmacy.
    Some people try to change this to a medico-legal issue. it is not it is a software issue.
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  • MAFinOKC is soooooo right. You guys just don't seem to listen. This is only ONE issue where this applies. Automatic chart closure and "click-to-patient-chart" from Prescription Refill is another. Please listen!!!
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