NCPDP Releases Its Top Four Goals for 2014

Coming off of an exceptional 2013 marked by milestone achievements in improving patient safety, expanding on proven industry standards, delivering top notch educational programming and educating legislators through its EDvocacy efforts, NCPDP, the not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, released its top four goals for the New Year.

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We aim to focus our efforts in 2014 on expanding upon our successes and areas of expertise- from standards development, protecting patient safety, educating and informing legislators of proven best practices during this time of great change in healthcare.

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

Coming off of an exceptional 2013 marked by milestone achievements in improving patient safety, expanding on proven industry standards, delivering top notch educational programming and educating legislators through its EDvocacy efforts, NCPDP, the not-for-profit pharmacy standards development organization, released its top four goals for the New Year:

1. ‘Go Big or Go Home’ – NCPDP kicked off the New Year with a big bang, setting a new standard for quality data with its HCIdea® Database solution, supported by patented autoverification technology to streamline claims processing and expedite reimbursements; reduce fraud, waste and abuse; and ensure compliance with government regulations. The “go big” theme will resonate across all NCPDP data product offerings, as well as its RxReconn® state and federal legislative and regulatory tracking product that gives subscribers data and information to enhance business operations and agility.

2. Provide the Forum for Solving Healthcare Industry Issues – NCPDP hosted a record six stakeholder action groups in 2013, all of which moved forward with specific actions and goals to work toward resolution. Among the topics were improving managed care claims processing and reimbursement for medical services provided by pharmacists, maximizing prescription quality through ePrescribing, and improving the safe administration of acetaminophen in hospitals and post-discharge. Things are already off to an exciting start in 2014 with hot button issues such as compounding pharmacy slated for discussion this year.

3. Lead the Charge for Patient Safety – NCPDP’s commitment to patient safety is expressed through standards development, raising awareness, providing the industry forum and guidance, and more. In 2014, NCPDP will continue to pursue implementation and adoption of its electronic prior authorization (ePA) transactions in the SCRIPT standard on a national level, to speed patient access to needed medications. NCPDP will also continue to build on its momentum with health literacy guidance and other solutions such as prescription drug monitoring programs (PMDP), supported through its EDvocacy efforts, educational programming, and collaboration with other industry organizations.

4. Color Outside the Lines – Depicting both NCPDP’s evolution beyond its fundamental role as the ANSI-accredited standards development organization for pharmacy services, as well as its consensus-building and standards development processes, coloring outside the lines is also the theme of NCPDP’s 37th Annual Technology & Business Conference. The practice of coloring outside the lines reached new heights in 2013 when NCPDP expanded into dental; the National Dental EDI Council (NDEDIC) signed an affiliation agreement with NCPDP. Over the past year, the two organizations worked together to provide foundational structure and support for NDEDIC to achieve its goals, using NCPDP’s proven blueprint for accelerating healthcare information technology (HIT) adoption. The bar has been set high for 2014 as NDEDIC is strategically positioned to move the dental industry forward with the active engagement of its diverse membership.

“We aim to focus our efforts in 2014 on expanding upon our successes and areas of expertise - from standards development, protecting patient safety, educating and informing legislators of proven best practices during this time of great change in healthcare, and extending our influence on other areas of healthcare that can benefit from the lessons NCPDP has learned over the past 36 years,” stated Lee Ann Stember, President of NCPDP.

To learn more about NCPDP, visit http://www.NCPDP.org. For sponsor, exhibitor or registration information on NCPDP's 37th Annual Technology & Business Conference, visit http://www.NCPDP.org/ac/index.aspx.

About NCPDP
Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with over 1,600 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA, MMA, and HITECH. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for ePrescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data products include dataQ®, a robust database of information on more than 76,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea®, an innovative prescriber database that leverages patented autoverification technology to provide continually updated information on more than two million prescribers. NCPDP's RxReconn® is a legislative tracking product for real-time monitoring of pharmacy-related state and national legislative and regulatory activity. For more information about NCPDP Standards, Data Services, Products, Educational Programs and Work Group meetings, go online at http://www.ncpdp.org or call (480) 477-1000.


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