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New Mexico E-prescribing Ranking Jumps 19 Places in National Report

New Mexico has been recognized by Surescripts as one of two states in the country with the most progress made in the last year, improving from 43rd to 24th place.  Specifically, New Mexico increased for 2009-10 from 8 percent to 26 percent in the number of providers using e-prescribing in their practices. New Mexico is also maintaining a volume above 90 percent of community pharmacies that are activated to accept e-prescriptions from providers for the last two years.

New Mexico also made significant improvement from 2009 to 2010 in using medication history and eligibility information by providers while issuing prescriptions:  

  • Providers accessing patient medication history rose from 2 percent to 22 percent
  • Practitioners requesting eligibility information on their patients improved from 26 percent to 35 percent
  • Major New Mexico payers or pharmacy benefit managers providing medication history or benefit information to Surescripts improved from 76 percent to 87 percent  

This information comes from Surescripts’s recently released National Progress Report on E-Prescribing and Interoperable Healthcare for 2010. The fourth edition of this annual report documents the status of e-prescribing’s adoption and use throughout the United States and features a broader analysis of the nation’s drive toward more interoperable health care. Surescripts connects prescribers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through their choice of e-prescribing software to the nation's leading payers, chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies.

Surescripts measures the level of e-prescribing activity in each state and the District of Columbia. Rankings are calculated to reflect all three critical steps in the e-prescribing process: total number of responses to requests for patient eligibility information as a percentage of total patient visits, total number of responses to requests for patient medication history as a percentage of total patient visits, and the total number of prescriptions routed electronically to both retail and mail order pharmacies (new prescriptions plus responses to prescription renewal requests) as a percentage of all prescriptions within a state that are able to be submitted electronically.

Positive feedback has been noted from patients on e-prescribing utilization, reporting that they like e-prescribing based on improved safety and the availability of multiple and affordable formulary choices.  

New Mexico is expected to see significant upcoming changes for e-prescribing in 2012, due to the upgrade of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program system that will allow all physicians access to controlled substance prescriptions in the real-time as well as enhanced reporting abilities for ER docs.

Additional planned e-prescribing activity in New Mexico includes expanding engagement with nursing homes and their clinical pharmacy providers to work on transitions of care with home health agencies and hospitals on e-prescribing and medication reconciliation to reduce adverse drug events. Adverse drug events have the most significant impact on the cost and quality of care provided across all health care settings, and they are responsible for up to 28 percent of acute hospital admissions among seniors and occur in 35 percent of elderly persons in community settings.

The full Surescripts report is available online at http://www.surescripts.com/pdfs/national-progress-report.pdf. For more information on e-prescribing activities in New Mexico, contact Galina Priloutskaya, PhD, MBA, CHCA, New Mexico Medical Review Association director of drug safety and analytic services, at (505) 998-9765 or gpriloutskaya@nmmra.org.