In response to Joseph Conn's "AHIC wants to mandate e-prescribing for Medicare docs":
While cutting through physicians on the way to the proposed "slam dunk," one cannot ignore the 7-footers crowding the key.
Physician offices already e-prescribing cannot use the technology with several national pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs. Furthermore, regulations forbid e-prescription transmittal for certain prescriptions. Not including the reticent PBMs, state boards of pharmacy and federal regulatory agencies in this "play for pay" scenario curtail the efficiency and safety gains sought by such a mandate.
While I can accept that we, as physicians, must step up efforts to utilize information technology resources, making physicians out to be the only impediment to a more efficient system is wearing thin.
Jon Seager, M.D.Hartville, Ohio To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.