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08 ― Pharmacy Availability

The majority of PA requests are still initiated at the pharmacy, causing an administrative burden for pharmacists trying to fill prescriptions for their patients and often causing the patients to have to leave the pharmacy without their prescription in hand.

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Integrating ePA functionality into pharmacy systems gives pharmacists the ability to create a PA, auto-fill patient and medication information and electronically send it to the provider in one or two keystrokes.

Pharmacy Availability?

Percentage of the pharmacy market, representing the majority of market share, committed to an ePA solution.15

Pharmacy Availability Data Representation
Pharmacy Chain Committed Available
Ahold
Albertsons/Safeway
Costco
CVS Specialty
CVS/pharmacy (Retail)
fred's Pharmacy
Good Neighbor Pharmacy
Health Mart (McKesson)
Kmart
Medicine Shoppe International/LeaderNet
Publix
RiteAid
Southeastern Grocers
Walgreens
Walmart (includes Sam's Club)

Pharmacy System Vendors

There exists a wide range of functionality available from ePA vendors. A comprehensive solution meets the needs of all stakeholders while creating an efficient, in-workflow solution for providers and pharmacists.

Pharmacy System Vendor Committed Available
AbacusRx
AdvanceNet Health Solutions
Best Computer Systems
BMI
CarePoint
Cerner
ComputerRx
Cost Effective
CPR+
Creehan
DAA
DATASCAN
DigitalRx
FSI
HBS, Inc. (RxGENESYS & RxAXIS)
Kalos
Key Centrix
Lagniappe Pharmacy Systems
Liberty Computer Service
McKesson (Pharmaserv)
McKesson (Pharmacy Rx)
McKesson (Enterprise)
Micro Merchant Systems
PDX (Classic & EPS)
Pioneer Rx
PK Software
Prodigy Data Systems, Inc.
QS/1
RNA
Rx30
ScriptPro
Speed Script
SRS Pharmacy Systems
SuiteRx
SWI Softwriters, Inc.
VIP Computer Systems

Vendor Assessment

It is important to understand how an ePA vendor will accomplish key goals needed to successfully complete PA requests. The wrong solution could create administrative waste, cause confusion between stakeholders (payer; pharmacy; provider) and hinder a patient getting the medication they need to be healthy.

Does the ePA vendor provide a financial model that benefits the entire health care network?

The market stands to save billions of dollars when all stakeholders, especially providers, adopt ePA solutions at scale. Financial models that are free for providers and pharmacists encourage ubiquity and are therefore in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Does the ePA vendor technology support APIs?

The technology for ePA solution will grow and change with the industry; therefore, API support makes it easier for technology teams at EHR, payer and pharmacy systems to quickly implement new and optimized ePA solutions. Documented, standards-based ePA APIs will be a key to driving adoption in the market.

Key Takeaway

Key Takeaway

One hundred percent of pharmacies in the U.S. are committed to implementing ePA. Pharmacies across the country are seeing consolidations, which temporarily could inhibit the use of ePA, and if not handled well could have a negative impact on the pharmacist’s workflow. Many independent pharmacies have access to ePA functionality through pharmacy systems, most of which have live, integrated ePA capabilities.