Cerner, CoverMyMeds Integrate to Streamline Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA)
August 20, 2015
COLUMBUS, OH and KANSAS CITY, MO. — (Aug. 20, 2015) – Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, and CoverMyMeds, the nation's leading electronic prior authorization (ePA) platform, have announced an agreement to integrate CoverMyMeds’ ePA within Cerner’s Millennium® EHR. The advanced functionality will provide more than 350,000 e-prescribing end users the ability to accelerate the prescription review process by removing manual processes and help reduce transaction costs.
ePA is the process of automating and expediting prior authorization (PA), which is used to determine patient benefit coverage for prescribed medications. The traditional PA process is paper-based and reliant on faxes and phone calls to connect health care professionals. CoverMyMeds will provide Cerner physicians the capability to process requests electronically in seconds and receive notification of a patient’s authorization status within minutes.
“Integrating CoverMyMeds within Cerner’s EHR provides physicians access to a modern and efficient authorization process with fewer phone calls between doctors and pharmacies. We believe increasing interoperability among pharmacies, prescribers and facility systems will help improve the delivery of health care,” said Kashif Rathore, senior director of interoperability, Cerner.
According to a 2012 study by the Center for Health Transformation, PA and other medication formulary requirements are significant contributors to the cost of provider interaction with health plans, which exceeds $100 billion annually. The study also showed beyond the health care costs, PA requests can delay patient treatment and result in prescription abandonment.
“Our mission is to help patients get the medications they need to live healthier lives,” said Matt Scantland, CoverMyMeds Co-Founder. “By adding ePA to the Cerner workflow and supporting near-real-time approvals through our ePA integrations with the largest payers, we turned what used to be an exception process into a decision support tool. The result is doctors can make informed decisions about what medication to prescribe for a patient and send a prescription to the pharmacy confident their patient will receive the medicine they need.”
CoverMyMeds’ integrated ePA capability will be available to Cerner clients in 2016. More integration details can be found at https://cerner.covermymeds.com/.
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CoverMyMeds is the leader in Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA), and one of the fastest growing healthcare technology companies in the U.S. Our technology integrates with pharmacy systems, EHRs, and PBMs to create the most efficient ePA strategy for all participants. With millions of ePA requests automated each month, CoverMyMeds is the only vendor using the NCPDP ePA standard at scale. For more information, visit www.covermymeds.com.