CVS Caremark Pilots New ePA Technology

CVS Caremark announced earlier this week that they were launching a pilot to improve the prior authorization process. They are partnering with Navinet, Allscripts, and Surescripts to do this. This should be an interesting pilot to monitor. They plan to share the transactions and the results with the market to hopefully drive industry standards.

“CVS Caremark understands the opportunities that innovations such as electronic prior authorization provide to prescribers and patients looking to embrace a more efficient and effective way to share critical prescribing information,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer of CVS Caremark. “The prior authorization process is currently evolving to keep pace as prescribers transition towards electronic prescribing and electronic patient records to better manage their patients’ pharmacy care. This pilot is an important step toward demonstrating how the industry can integrate ePA with e-prescribing to streamline and speed up processing of prior authorizations to ensure that members have quick access to care that is medically appropriate and cost-effective.”

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