Understanding the Updated NCPDP SCRIPT National E-prescribing Standard

Home Study Webinar

$20 Activity Fee – available through August 5, 2024.

The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT standard was created to allow the electronic transfer of prescription information between pharmacists and prescribers in the United States. The Medicare Modernization Act, which implemented Medicare Part D, requires that HHS determine the e-prescribing standard used for Medicare Part D. Pursuant to this charge, CMS required the health information technology industry to move to a new version of SCRIPT, known as Version 2017071, on January 1, 2020. The updated standard will utilize new data requirements to improve automation capabilities and accommodate previously unmet needs. 

During this webinar, learn about the changes and enhancements made to the new version of SCRIPT electronic prescribing. These updates will not only continue to protect patient safety but also help reduce administration burden on pharmacy and health care professionals.

This home study webinar is a recording of the live activity that was held on September 15, 2021.

How to Access the Home Study Webinar and Earn CPE

The home study webinar is eligible for Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education-accredited continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit. More details regarding the presentation, CPE activity credits, and browser requirements can be found in the CPE Activity Information Guide.

Follow the steps below to access the home study webinar and claim CPE credit:

  1. Log in to your NABP e-Profile and select the Continuing Education Activities tile to purchase this activity and obtain the access code and instructions.
  2. Log in to NABP’s CPE Submission Site and select the “Home Study CPE” tab.
    • If you do not have a log in for Learner Community, you will need to create an account.
  3. Enter the access code provided in your confirmation email and click “Redeem Code.”
    • Enter only one code at a time.
  4. View the recording, complete the activity in its entirety, including watching the full video, and pass the post-test. Once completed, the Credit section will unlock.
  5. Select the appropriate credit (pharmacy or pharmacy technician), enter your NABP e-Profile ID and date of birth, and click the “claim” button to earn credit.

Claims must be submitted within 60 days from the date you opened the activity.


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Ken Whittemore, Jr, RPh, MBA Vice President of Professional and Regulatory Affairs, Surescripts

Ken Whittemore, Jr, is vice president of Professional & Regulatory Affairs for Surescripts, the nation’s largest health information network. Pharmacists, payers, PBMs, physicians, hospitals, health information exchanges, and health technology firms rely on Surescripts to more easily and securely share health information. Ken’s responsibilities at Surescripts include monitoring and influencing state and federal laws and regulations related to health information technology, acting as Surescripts’ liaison to national and state pharmacy associations and boards, and providing guidance to the development and implementation of Surescripts programs so that they are responsive to the needs of pharmacists and the organizations in which they practice.

Prior to joining Surescripts in 2001, Ken was vice president of Management, Professional, and State Affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), where he was responsible for handling the managed care, regulatory, and operational issues that confronted NCPA’s independent pharmacy members. He also was NCPA’s liaison to all state, regional, and national pharmacy groups. Earlier, Ken co-owned a successful independent pharmacy in western Maryland.

Ken is a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, is licensed to practice pharmacy in Maryland, and holds an MBA degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University.