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August 14, 2014
- The patient’s risk factors and travel history, including dates, destinations and other potential contact including contact with animals and other people.
- The patient’s current status including physical and mental along with pressing concerns for the patient’s immediate health.
- When possible, tests should be done in patient’s isolation room using Point-Of-Care (POC) instruments and testing methods. Transferring specimen from isolated room to other rooms should be done as minimally as possible and should be done with extreme caution using Clean Room Suits and hand carried in a container that has been thoroughly wiped down with 10% bleach. All specimen manipulation must be done in a Class 2 biosafety cabinet (BSC2)
- Guidelines for specific laboratory procedures can be viewed in the attached NYSDOH Brief.
By March 27, 2015, all prescriptions (including prescriptions for non-controlled substances) issued in New York State must be electronically transmitted, with certain limited exceptions.
For electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), the regulations require a practitioner to register their certified electronic prescribing computer application with the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE). To register your computer application with BNE, please complete the enclosed EPCS Registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Practitioner EPCS Registration" in the subject line.
The DEA requires two-factor authentication for signing controlled substance prescriptions. The factors must include two of the three following authentication modalities: Something you know (password, key, security question); Something you have (PKI smartcard, key fob token); or Something you are (biometric). For example, a key fob token and password would work as they combine two different modalities: something you have and something you know. The e-prescribing software vendors who are certified for EPCS will support at least one of these options for two-factor authentication.
Identity Proofing and Registration - Once you have ePrescribing software that’s been audited and certified, and have put in place supported two-factor authentication technologies, physicians must also go through an identity proofing process.
- Individual care providers using their own DEA numbers need to go through an identity proofing process to get their EPCS signing credentials. If they are using their own DEA number, they need to use a federally approved Credential Service Provider (CSP) or certificate authority (CA).
- Care providers in healthcare organizations like hospitals can use the institutional DEA number if it is combined with a unique “internal code” assigned to that prescriber. In this case, the practitioner gets EPCS signing credentials from the hospital credentialing office.
Care providers must then register their authentication credentials and request EPCS privileges. Any security breaches, including a lost or stolen token, must be reported within one business day. If an electronic prescription is unsuccessful, the replacement process must indicate that the original electronic attempt was sent unsuccessfully to the pharmacy.
New York State Regulations related to Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances may also be accessed electronically. Specific regulations pertaining to issuing electronic prescriptions for controlled substances may be accessed in 10 NYCRR 80.64
If you have met all federal security requirements and would like to register the application with the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, send an email to email@example.com. Include "Electronic Prescribing" in the subject.
- Letter to Pharmacies Regarding Electronic Prescribing Registration
- Letter to Practitioner Regarding Electronic Prescribing Registration
NYACP Webinar: Understanding the Changes to ABIM's MOC Program
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
In an effort to help NYACP members understand the recent changes to the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program impact them, ABIM staff member Kevin Caviston will give a presentation focused on the MOC program and will discuss the reasons behind the changes to the program, how the changes impact board-certified physicians and identify ways in which physicians can meet the MOC requirements.
To Register, please go to: MOC Webinar
International Medical Graduate Symposium
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine
Davis Auditorium, 2nd Floor
1470 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029
To Register and for more information- click here for flyer