- Users of MEDITECH Expanse now have access to an EHR-integrated pricing tool to better manage the cost of their care.
MEDITECH announced DrFirst’s myBenefitCheck solution will be integrated into MEDITECH Expanse as a real-time benefit check tool to improve price transparency for patients and allow physicians to involve patients in the medication prescribing process.
In addition to displaying prescription price information, the tool also enables physicians to determine appropriate therapeutic alternatives for patients based on the individual’s medical need, insurance coverage, and medication costs.
The health IT company aims to improve medication adherence and reduce prescription costs for patients by integrating the real-time benefit check tool and DrFirst’s Electronic Prior Authorization solution directly into its web-based, mobile EHR solution.
“MEDITECH has a long tradition of providing healthcare organizations with solutions that enhance efficiencies and help clinicians deliver safe and effective patient care,” said DrFirst President Cameron Deemer.
“By giving providers accurate medication cost details at the point of care, MEDITECH clients will be better equipped to drive medication adherence and improve health outcomes,” Deemer continued. “We look forward to extending our relationship with MEDITECH and working together to improve medication cost transparency and overall clinical efficiencies.”
In addition to alerting patients about out-of-pocket prescription costs, the tool will also allow providers to begin electronic prior authorization requests directly within clinical workflows.
This integration helps to reduce data entry responsibilities on providers and limit administrative burden. On average, the tool will help to cut two and a half hours of administrative work per week. The tool also helps providers check if prior authorizations are required and find out when a patient’s coverage has been approved or denied.
When the electronic prior authorization tool is used with the prescription pricing tool, users report a 40 percent improvement in correct prior authorization flagging, according to DrFirst.
“MEDITECH was a pioneer in benefits checking with e-prescribing but relied on medication benefit coverage files to be up to date,” said MEDITECH Executive Vice President Hoda Sayed-Friel. “Now we can check cost directly with the Real-Time Benefit Check tool to get real time, up-to-date deductible and out-of-pocket spending, and other patient insurance factors.”
“Offering these new functions aligns with our company's commitment to lowering the cost of healthcare through sustainable, patient-centered, value-added solutions,” said Sayed-Friel.
The launch of its EHR-integrated prescription pricing tool marks the second collaborative effort between MEDITECH and DrFirst to streamline prescribing processes for patients and providers.
In September, MEDITECH offered users of its Expanse EHR solution access to an EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) link enabled by DrFirst.
Providers can use PDMP data to more easily spot patients who may be visiting multiple doctors for several prescriptions or misusing prescription drugs.
Expanse users can access patient prescription histories and controlled substance information through one-tap access. The EHR-integrated link allows users to view controlled substance information from multiple state PDMPs at the point of care for better-informed safer prescribing practices.
Reducing the administrative burden associated with PDMP use is crucial as federal entities continue to heighten their efforts to curb the opioid crisis and encourage healthcare organizations to leverage PDMPs to spot instances of opioid overuse.
PDMPs are currently in use in 49 states. The EHR-integrated PDMP link connects all available PDMP databases together to enable users to view aggregated patient information about prescribing, dispensing and use of prescription drugs and controlled substances.
MEDITECH first launched its Expanse offering in February 2018. The web-based EHR system is designed to reduce administrative burden for providers and allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients.