In April 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Final Rule that updates Medicare Advantage (MA) and the prescription drug benefit program (Part D). This rule included notice that CMS will be adopting version 2017071 of the NCPDP SCRIPT standard starting January 1, 2020. SCRIPT 2017071 will be replacing the SCRIPT 10.6 standard for e-prescribing messages. Surescripts is working to help transition their customer base to the new standard with the goal of sunsetting SCRIPT 10.6 by December 1 of 2020. They are currently offering translation services, but all Surescripts customers will need to make the necessary changes to their application to adopt the new SCRIPT standard before the end of 2020.
DEA Testing Requirement
EHR applications with e-prescribing of controlled substance (EPCS) capability (prescriber applications) and pharmacy applications seeking to upgrade to the new NCPDP SCRIPT 2017071 standard for electronic prescribing must undergo a DEA required audit of their e-prescribing/pharmacy application. Per 21 CFR 1311.300 the application provider of an electronic prescription application or a pharmacy application must have a third-party audit of the application whenever functionality related to controlled substance prescription requirements is altered or every two years, whichever occurs first.
Applications upgrading from SCRIPT version 10.6 to SCRIPT version 2017071 must complete a re-audit of their EPCS functionality by a DEA approved third-party prior to moving the changes to production. In addition to DEA re-audit, applications using Surescripts network must also re-certify with Surescripts.
The ONC has provided an exception for products certified under the 2015 edition criteria to allow products to attest to making the SCRIPT update without the need to re-certify 2015 edition criteria. However, DEA has not provided an exception for this update and requires an audit under 21 CFR 1311, 1306, and 1304 requirements for e-prescribing controlled substances.
Drummond NCPDP SCRIPT Version 20170701 Audit
To satisfy the DEA requirement for an audit after code changes, we are offering an NCPDP re-audit and certification report update for existing EPCS customers. This audit is conducted with a Drummond auditor and provides the mandated audit of the changes made to an EHR or pharmacy application in adopting the new SCRIPT version.
The Drummond NCPDP SCRIPT Version 2017071 audit includes:
- A detailed discussion with a Drummond auditor to review the DEA requirements, SCRIPT changes, and testing program.
- Access to a personalized project tracker that allows tracking progress toward certification, access to test plans, and the ability to get answers and feedback from a Drummond auditor.
- A comprehensive review of all application changes for compliance with DEA requirements including review of new prescription messages, renewal request/response, change request/response, and the DEA required audit trails and reports.
- An updated certification report to include the NCPDP SCRIPT update changes and allow continued compliance with DEA EPCS requirements for certification.
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