ePrescribing for CDS Required by 2022

During the 2020 General Assembly, House Bill 512/Senate Bill 166: Drugs and Devices – Electronic Prescriptions – Controlled Dangerous Substances was reintroduced from the prior Session. This bill requires all controlled dangerous substances (CDS) to be transmitted by electronic prescribing.  Exemptions were negotiated and the effective date was delayed until January 1, 2022 to allow time for physicians and others to comply.   (Federal law will require e-prescribing of CDS for Medicare before then.)

Electronic prescribing (e-Prescribing or eRx) is not currently mandated in Maryland, but widely used.  Some other states and major pharmacies now require use of eRx for all prescriptions.  It is also required for eligible clinicians who meet the low volume threshold under the CMS Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

The APA has useful resources, including an implementation toolset, on its e-Prescribing webpage.