TRICARE seeks to expand use of
|FALLS CHURCH, Va. (TRICARE) — One of the enduring
stereotypes about doctors is that they have poor handwriting, leading to
unreadable prescriptions. TRICARE is encouraging use of electronic
prescriptions (E-prescribing) to ensure this does not occur while also
offering more convenience for beneficiaries.
A report by the Institutes of Medicine estimates that there are 1.5
million preventable medication errors in the United States every year.
Using E-prescribing cuts down on human error and transmits accurate and
legible prescriptions in electronic format straight from the doctor to
the pharmacy. There is no need to fax, call-in or hand-deliver
TRICARE is encouraging all providers to begin using E-prescribing for
Home delivery allows TRICARE beneficiaries to have their medications
shipped to them directly, saving trips to the pharmacy and cutting down
further on medication error. Beneficiaries also save 66 percent on a
90-day supply of medications.
Beneficiaries should note that E-prescriptions cannot be routed to
Military Treatment Facility pharmacies at this time.
To learn more about Home Delivery, go to
www.tricare.mil/homedelivery. For more about e-prescriptions, visit
the HHS at http://go.usa.gov/WSz.