Understanding the Updated NCPDP SCRIPT National E-prescribing Standard

September 15, 2021 | 1-2 PM CDT

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.

CPE Credit

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

Presenter

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