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WENO’s free EPCS offering expected to accelerate DEA calls to investigate noncompliant pharmacies
Austin, TX January 7, 2021 – For prescribers that need to Electronically Prescribe Controlled Substances (EPCS) to satisfy the new Medicare law, WENO Exchange (WENO) is offering Free EPCS. While others may offer free e-Prescribing, WENO is the first to offer free EPCS.
The Every Prescription Conveyed Securely Act took effect on January 1, 2021. This federal law requires EPCS when the drug is covered by Medicare Part D.
EPCS solutions can be crippling for small practices to implement. According to Perspectives in Health Information Management, the cost for a practice of 10 physicians starts at $42,000, with annual fees at about $14,000.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requires EPCS software to have a third-party audit to validate requirements. Besides being an intermediary, WENO provides a stand-alone platform called WENO Online which meets the EPCS requirements. Pharmacy technology vendors (PTVs) and electronic health record systems (EHRs) can also integrate with WENO. OpenEMR, the open source EHR, is introducing a patch to take advantage of the offer. Founded by Tina Goodman, an expert in EHR certifications and e-Prescribing standards, WENO is the only e-Prescribing intermediary independent from the Surescripts network.
“Generally speaking, dentist don’t write many scripts which makes EPCS fees exorbitant,” said Dr. Klingsporn, DDS, owner of Austin based Boulder Canyon Family Dentistry. “Having WENO offer this service free is a real benefit to dentists throughout the USA.”
“Free EPCS is great news for prescribers,” said Goodman. “Unfortunately, some pharmacies are violating the DEA’s EPCS rules by refusing EPCS orders that are transmitted on a platform other than Surescripts. They are required to retain EPCS orders in electronic form if they were created electronically, regardless of transmission method. DEA complaints will likely increase as prescribers use WENO to be in compliance with the new Medicare EPCS law if pharmacies do no follow the DEA’s laws and process their perfectly legal EPCS orders.”
About WENO Exchange, LLC
WENO’s e-Prescribing intermediary service also includes WENO Online, which provides free EPCS and secure messaging. All services include application program interfaces for pharmacy technology vendors and EHRs. Founded by Tina Goodman, an expert in e-Prescribing standards, WENO operates independently from the Surescripts network. https://wenoexchange.com. For more information contact Tina Goodman 877-890-3726.
Austin, TX (October 13, 2020) – WENO Exchange, LLC today announced the availability of HIPPA Simplified, a condensed cyber security privacy and security manual to address the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA) for small businesses that have access to protected health information (PHI). HIPPA is a federal law that sets a national standard to protect medical records and other personal health information. Its rules are long, complex and confusing and there are no clear methods outlines for how to achieve compliance, an often moving target with different criterions for different organizations based on the available resources to secure and safeguard protected health information.
WENO Exchange developed HIPPA Simplified, a direct and practical resource for health care providers and business associates that handle PHI and must develop and maintain privacy and security policies and procedures that comply with HIPPA regulations. It focuses on how to manage compliance without having to read thousands of pages or multiple manuals with confusing information or esoteric theories. HIPPA Simplified significantly condenses the overwhelming complexity of the HIPPA Privacy and Security Rules and provides a reference and resources for managers, owners and privacy/security officers in small organizations.
“HIPPA is a complex law that can affect every aspect of a business and violations can mean staggering and crippling costs with far reaching consequences,” said Founder / CEO, WENO Exchange. “The rules are broad and vague, and the terminology is daunting which makes it a challenge to start and maintain a HIPPA program, so we broke down compliance into its most basic steps.”
HIPPA Simplified incorporates all of the policies and procedures for employees and business associates in a condensed easy to follow manual that is less than 30 pages. Chapters are organized by HIPPA regulations and includes forms that can be used or improved upon.
WENO Exchange’s HIPPA Simplified can be purchased online for $350 at https://wenoexchange.com/products-for-sale/. It comes with an online orientation meeting and six months of email support.
About WENO Exchange, LLC
WENO Exchange is an Austin, TX-based e-Prescribing platform that gives electronic health records (EHRs) and telemedicine applications the ability to offer their providers services without their own DEA-approved audited system. Founded by Tina Goodman, an expert in electronic health record (EHR) certifications and e-Prescribing standard, WENO Exchange is not associated with any monopolies and the only e-Prescribing platform to operate independently from the Surescripts network. https://wenoexchange.com