New Surescripts service aims to speed process for prescribing specialty meds

Surescripts is offering a new service, called Specialty Patient Enrollment, to automate the specialty prescribing process. Current processes require physicians to fill out paper forms and often involve faxes and phone calls to manage prior authorization requests and approvals.

Surescripts is offering a new service, called Specialty Patient Enrollment, to automate the specialty prescribing process. Current processes require physicians to fill out paper forms and often involve faxes and phone calls to manage prior authorization requests and approvals. Through the Specialty Patient Enrollment service, information can be automatically populated using data already in providers' electronic health record systems. Combined with access to patient-specific prescription price information and the ability to process prior authorizations electronically, the new service is expected to reduce administrative delays and help patients get medications more quickly. Patient solution organizations also play a role, leveraging data and serving as a point of contact for patients and providers to help manage patient populations and increase access to specialty drugs. A number electronic health records and specialty pharmacies have already signed up for the new service.