Tennessee Healthcare Providers Now Have More Options for Prescription Printing

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Approved house bill authorizes secure prescription printing with technologies that meet posed regulations.

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Tennessee’s state leaders have endorsed a progressive approach to secure prescription issuance and as a result, the state’s health care providers have a layer of protection from loss and liability.

Healthcare providers in Tennessee now have more cost-effective options for issuing prescriptions that are both secure and compliant with government regulations. On April 1, 2013, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law the Tennessee House Bill 319 approving a measure to authorize printing prescriptions on plain paper using products like TROY healthcare solutions. The action clarifies a prior law about tamper-resistant prescription requirements, permitting prescriptions created with technology that results in a tamper-resistant prescription.

In 2007, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated tamper-proof printed prescription issuance, provided those prescriptions met at least one of the following requirements:

  •     Prevention of erasure or modification.
  •     Prevention of unauthorized copying
  •     Prevention of counterfeit forms production

In 2008, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) held an industry forum in an effort to review the implementation of the first phase of the CMS tamper-resistant regulations and to discuss next steps to ensure a smooth transition. In response, healthcare providers sought specialized paper on which to issue prescriptions and soon learned that this solution brought skyrocketing costs and workflow headaches as they worked to secure the valuable paper from paper waste or theft.

To address the CMS mandates, TROY Group introduced TROY SecureRx printers equipped with firmware that produced prescriptions that meet all three CMS security requirements and use plain paper. TROY then developed TROY Secure Print Enterprise, a software solution that produced prescriptions with the same level of security but could be integrated into emerging electronic health records (EHR) technologies. Some states, including Tennessee, interpreted the federal mandate by ordering that compliant prescriptions must be printed on this specialty paper. This mandate overlooked options like TROY’s, which uses software technology to produce security features on less expensive plain paper. Tennessee’s new legislation clearly offers providers flexibility to use the cost-effective, compliant and efficient TROY solutions in that state.

John Hodgson, Vice President and General Manager for TROY Healthcare Solutions applauded the Tennessee legislature’s decision. “Some of our customers have identified significant risks to staff associated with using pre-printed prescription paper for printing prescriptions. Drug seekers have become increasingly aggressive in their efforts to acquire this paper,” he said. "Tennessee’s state leaders have endorsed a progressive approach to secure prescription issuance and as a result, the state’s health care providers have a layer of protection from loss and liability.”

About Troy Healthcare Solutions
TROY Healthcare Solutions offers software solutions that automate secure prescription issuance and assist compliance with patient confidentiality regulations. A division of TROY Group, Inc. (“TROY”), a worldwide leader in secure on-demand printing systems, TROY Healthcare Solutions create efficiency and security so medical professionals can concentrate on patient care. Using more than 30 years of secure on-demand printing expertise, TROY has developed secure prescription printing solutions with unprecedented fraud deterrence features. These features provide complete compliance with federal regulations in healthcare prescription applications and have allowed healthcare providers to prepare for new electronic health record (EHR) mandates. TROY research and development efforts focus on further innovations that promote secure healthcare information environments. Visit TROY Healthcare Solutions at http://www.troyhealthcaresolutions.com

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