Beginning January 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require that Part D ePrescribing be conducted using solely the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard Version 2017071.

    As a result, developers of 2015 Edition certified Health IT Modules certified to the ePrescribing criterion adopted at 45 CFR 170.315(b)(3) are permitted to update their products to use the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard Version 2017071 to meet CMS’ Part D ePrescribing compliance requirements.
     
    Such action will not invalidate or place at risk the product(s) certification to 170.315(b)(3). Developers who update their products to NCPDP SCRIPT Standard Version 2017071 must inform their ONC‐ACBs when they implement NCPDP SCRIPT Standard Version 2017071.
     
    Additionally, effective 1/1/2020 the ONC Health IT Certification Program will not permit ONC‐ACBs to grant health IT modules certification to the 170.315(b)(3) criterion which includes the NCPDP 10.6 standard.

    Test Method Updates
    Recently Updated Certification Companion Guides (CCGs)
     

    2015 Edition Certification Companion Guides (CCGs)
    Criterion Number Criterion Title Details
    §170.315(b)(3) Electronic Prescribing
    • Added clarification for certification program flexibility that allows upgrade to NCPDP SCRIPT Standard Version 2017071.
    • Added clarification that ONC‐ACBs will no longer offer certification to 170.315b(3), which includes the NCPDP 10.6 standard after 01/01/2020.

    For more information, visit the ONC health IT testing and certification requirements or share your questions at ONC.Certification@hhs.gov.

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