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Epic Tips: December 17, 2021

Inpatient & Ambulatory: Electronically Prescribing Controlled Substances (EPCS)

  • ​Effective January 1, 2022 ALL controlled substance prescriptions must be submitted electronically. Pharmacies are not allowed to accept printed controlled substance prescriptions.
  • If you prescribe controlled substances and are not yet enrolled in EPCS you must:
    • Download the Imprivata app from the Google Play or iTunes App store.
    • Then register, either in person or remotely, with an EPCS Enrollment Supervisor.
    • Find a DOM EPCS Enrollment Supervisors here.
  • For complete information on enrollment and how to e-prescribe, review the Electronically Prescribing Controlled Substances – QSG, click here

Inpatient & Ambulatory: Check eRx Status & Reprint Prescriptions [NOT for Controlled Substances]

  • In Chart Review, use the Discharge Medications Report to check if a prescription was received by the pharmacy or failed to transmit.
    • Follow this workflow: Chart Review > Meds tab > Orders Activity > Orders History > Snapshot > Medication section > Meds and Orders > Click medication and Report.
    • Print the prescription if the default method was initially set not to print.
  • Review the tip sheet here.

Inpatient: Treatment Team Report Update

  • The Treatment team only shows current team members and no longer displays in the Care Teams activity.
  • The Storyboard hover, Summary Overview, and several other reports display current Treatment team members.
  • Review the Blog post here.

Ambulatory: Mark your Calendars for the Next Epic Efficiency Series Webinar:

  • Give yourself the gift of time: Quick Hits to Save Time
  • When: Wednesday, December 22, 2021, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
  • Where: Zoom => “Join with computer audio” using the link:
  • Qualifies for ONE AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) TM
    Note: CME credit is available for live viewing only. Sessions are recorded and posted on the Mastery Training tile of the Epic Training Portal.

Ambulatory: Telemedicine Hot Topics – States of Emergency Telehealth Services Expiring [Data as of 12/13/21, 3 PM]

  • The National Public Health Emergency [PHE] has been extended to mid-January 2022. Emergency orders/states of emergency have expired in many states, affecting providers’ ability to perform telemedicine visits for out-of-state patients:
    • New Jersey: licensure waiver extension to January 11, 2022
    • New York: expired 12/26/21
    • Pennsylvania: licensure waiver extension to March 31, 2022
    • Washington, D.C.: licensure waiver extension to August 10, 2022. Provider must attest that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 here.
  • Refer to legal FAQs for information related to individual state waivers and licensing requirements.
  • Direct general questions to JHM Telemedicine or legal-specific questions to Telemedicine Legal.

Ambulatory: New Depression Screening Health Maintenance [HM] Item

  • Completion of the PHQ-9, PHQ-A, or PHQ-2 questionnaire will satisfy the HM item.
  • Review the Blog post here.

COVID-19 Epic Training Portal link

For more Epic Tips of the Week, click here.


Kelsey Bennett