For interns or other clinicians without an individual DEA number, the organizations’ DEA number plus the individual’s suffix is included on the prescription.
The DEA allows organizations with an institutional DEA number to validate the identity of each physician and grant them EPCS permissions, but this is only for credentialing purposes, not for the prescription process.
As a best practice, organizations should conduct local outreach to ensure pharmacies are properly prepared and ready to receive electronic prescriptions for controlled substances.
Fiction: Logging into the EHR is the first factor of the two-factor authentication process for EPCS Although physicians often complete an authentication process to access electronic health records (EHRs), the DEA requires a separate two-factor authentication at the time of prescribing controlled substances.
The IFR specifically outlines that in order to sign a controlled substance prescription, the electronic prescription application must require the practitioner authenticate to the application with protocol that uses two of the following three factors: Understanding this requirement is essential to successfully complying with the DEA IFR and ensuring the EPCS workflow is usable and efficient for physicians.
Unfortunately, most multifactor authentication solutions can only support the second factor of authentication for EPCS, resulting in user confusion and misuse.
Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas are among those states that recently introduced proposed legislation to mandate EPCS.
In individual proofing, physicians work with a third-party, DEA-approved credential service provider (CSP) to validate their identity.
Fiction: Physicians have to use an organization’s DEA number when prescribing controlled substances electronically with institutional identity proofing A physician’s individual DEA number is included on an electronic prescription for a controlled substance, just as it currently appears on paper prescriptions, regardless of how the physician is identity proofed.
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Fiction: Physicians are not required to undergo the identity proofing process for EPCS if they are already credentialed at an organization The DEA requires that all physicians enabled for EPCS undergo the identity proofing process, even if they are already credentialed with an organization.