Electronic prescribing is the transmission of prescription or prescription-related information through electronic media. Health care professionals can electronically transmit new prescriptions as well as responses to renewal requests directly to a pharmacy through a qualified eRx system, which eliminates the necessity for writing or faxing prescriptions for non-controlled substances.
Note: CMS defines a “qualified eRx system” as one that meets the Medicare Part D requirements described in Standards for Electronic Prescribing (42 CFR 423.160 external pdf file).
• e-Prescribing for Part B drugs: Non-controlled substances -- if a provider submits an order for a non-controlled substance through a qualified eRx system, the provider is not required to produce a signed hardcopy as evidence to substantiate the drug order.
• e-Prescribing for Part B drugs: Controlled substances -- the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) does not permit the prescribing of controlled substances through e-Prescribing systems; therefore, only a signed (pen and ink) hardcopy of the prescription will be accepted as evidence to substantiate a drug order for controlled substances.
Also see Signature requirements for medical documentation