Legislation has been introduced in the Senate that would require healthcare providers to use electronic prescribing for opioids and other controlled substances for Medicare Part D transactions beginning in 2020.
The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely (EPCS) Act, S.2460, co-sponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is the latest legislative effort to combat opioid overdoses.
â€śAn epidemic of this magnitude requires us to address all aspects of the problem, starting with how providers prescribe opioids,â€ť said Bennet in a written statement. â€śThis bipartisan legislation would expand a critical tool to track the use of opioids, ultimately reducing overdoses and saving lives.â€ť