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1st Providers Choice Attending Valley of the Sun Podiatry Conference, Exhibiting Podiatry EMR Software

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Get away from the cold and join 1st Providers Choice in sunny Arizona! The leading Podiatry EMR software vendor will be attending the 2015 Valley of the Sun Podiatry Conference in Phoenix from April 16 to 19. Co-sponsored by the Podiatry Institute and the Arizona Podiatric Medical Association, the conference will be hosted at the Marriott Phoenix Tempe at the Buttes.

Podiatry EMR Software Convention

During the conference, attendees will get the chance to hear highly respected doctors of podiatric medicine discuss a wide range of topics, including innovations in podiatric medicine and surgery, what’s new in coding, and ICD-10.

There will also be several hands-on workshops featuring the latest industry-specific technologies and treatment techniques. The lectures, workshops and education sessions will help educate podiatrists to better understand the various updates and strategies in wound care, new devices for common surgical procedures, and more.

Health professionals will also have the opportunity to meet with Podiatry EMR software vendors, such as 1st Providers Choice, as well as other companies that offer podiatry-related products and services.

The Leading EMR Software for Podiatrists

1st Providers Choice’s 2014 Edition certified EMR software is the top choice for podiatrists nationwide. Because of the challenges that many podiatry practices are facing with EMR vendors not being able to provide the best support, our team has stepped in to help. We offer free data conversions and make it easy to transition to our highly rated EMR.

Our software includes the following features and capabilities:

  • Podiatry-specific templates, letters and forms
  • Billing codes specific to podiatry (ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT)
  • Integrated online patient portal
  • Built-in reporting templates and the ability to create custom reports
  • Image library with hundreds of foot-related diagrams
  • Extensive drug formulary database
  • E-prescribing of controlled substances

Our team is also committed to helping podiatry practices attest to Meaningful Use and meet PQRS requirements. We are aware of the latest changes in Meaningful Use, such as CMS’s intent to shorten the EHR reporting period in 2015 to 90 days.

We not only offer Meaningful Use assistance, we also provide software that makes it easy to achieve Meaningful Use Stage 1 and Stage 2 goals. This includes a fully integrated patient portal that facilitates patient engagement, helps practices improve productivity and streamlines workflow.

For more information about our Podiatry EMR software, call 480-782-1116. To learn more about the conference, click here.

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Improves Safety, Patient Care

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

In 2009, more than 1 million emergency department visits were attributed to prescription drug abuse. Controlled substances have the potential for dependence and overdose; therefore, precautions must be taken when prescribing these medications. Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) is one way to improve safety and quality of care. It allows providers to write and send prescriptions securely and electronically to a patient’s pharmacy, which helps control prescription drug abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Agency first approved the use of EPCS in 2010, and it is now legal in 49 states, plus Washington, DC. EPCS not only helps control prescription drug abuse through refill request monitoring; it can also alert pharmacists to multiple prescriptions for the same patient by different providers.

Some of the other benefits of writing and transmitting controlled substances prescriptions electronically include:

  • Fewer mistakes in dose designations
  • Greater medication compliance
  • Fewer forged prescriptions
  • Ability to check for drug-drug drug-allergy interactions
  • Improved clinical decision support

EPCS in New York State

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances will be mandatory in New York State starting March 2016 for drugs in Schedules II through V. To comply with the EPCS requirement, providers and pharmacists will need to use computer applications that meet federal security requirements for e-prescribing.

Using E-prescribing Software for EPCS

Whether your organization is in New York and needs to prepare for next year’s EPCS deadline, or you simply want to start writing e-prescriptions for controlled substances to improve patient care, there are two things you need to do to get started.

  1. Find out if your e-prescribing software is certified to electronically prescribe controlled substances.
  2. Find out whether local pharmacies plan to offer EPCS. You can find a list of EPCS-enabled pharmacies here.

1st Providers Choice’s EMR and e-prescribing software is designed to meet federal requirements for electronic prescribing of controlled substances. Our software improves prescription management and medication adherence, contributes to better health outcomes, and increases convenience for patients.