Surescripts expands electronic prior authorization solution with eClinicalWorks, increasing reach to 340,000 doctors nationwide

Surescripts, the nation’s largest health information network has signed an agreement with eClinicalWorks to extend its industry-leading electronic prior authorization service to all users of eClinicalWorks software. Once live, CompletEPA will allow eClincialWorks users the ability to process prior authorizations electronically, saving them valuable time and money. With the addition of eClinicalWorks, one of the nation’s largest electronic health records (EHR) software vendors, Surescripts CompletEPA will be available to 340,000 providers, representing more than half of all providers already using electronic prescribing.

“Surescripts spent more than a decade establishing connections with pharmacies and benefit managers nationwide to create a more efficient healthcare system, improving patient health outcomes and saving doctor’s offices time and money,” said Tom Skelton, Chief Executive Officer at Surescripts. “CompletEPA is a win-win for doctors and patients, because it is fully electronic from start to finish.”

CompletEPA is an extension of Surescripts’ electronic prescribing solution and is integrated into a physician’s existing EHR workflow. By utilizing Surescripts, the prior authorization process is facilitated electronically, in real time, without the use of web portals, phone calls or faxes.

“Our end-users understand the importance of eliminating slow and antiquated processes, not just for their own benefit, but ultimately for their patients,” said Girish Navani, CEO and Co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “With electronic prior authorization through Surescripts, we can meet the demands of our end-users with a best-in-class solution.”

With this added functionality, prescribers will be notified immediately if a prior authorization is required and dynamic forms will prepopulate with patient benefit data obtained through Surescripts’ direct connections with the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), covering 75 percent of insured patients nationwide.

Surescripts CompletEPA provides a faster and more streamlined solution that benefits doctors as well as patients. With real-time, prospective communication between providers and health plans, the entire prior authorization process can be completed in a matter of minutes, often before the patient leaves the doctor’s office. As a result, patients arrive at the pharmacy with no surprises or delays, and get their much-needed medication without hassle.

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