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Mass ranks first in routing prescriptions electronically

Medicare & Reimbursement Advisor Weekly, June 24, 2009

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation in sending more than 6.7 million prescriptions electronically in 2008, reports Surescripts. That represents 20.5% of all eligible prescriptions in the state, up significantly from 2.3% in 2005. Massachusetts and 14 other states were recognized at the fourth annual Safe-Rx Awards, which recognizes the top 10 e-prescribing states for 2008, and for the first time this year, the top five most improved states. Vermont, Tennessee, Kansas, Illinois, and Missouri were the most improved states. Rhode Island, Michigan, Nevada, and Delaware round out the top five e-prescribing states. (See chart on p. 4.)

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The Internet is in a prime position to significantly affect patient adherence, according to Online Adherence Programs: Evaluating Manufacturers’ Opportunity to Impact Patient Adherence, a new report from Manhattan Research. “Relatively small changes in patient behavior have the potential to substantially increase revenue,” said Monique Levy, senior director of research at Manhattan Research and report author. The report shows that emerging technology, consumer adoption of new media, and an increasing culture of self-service are among the factors driving the Internet’s power as an adherence tool. Click here for more information: