In response to market demands NCPDP has created a new Work Group (WG 18) devoted to specialty. WG18 Specialty Pharmacy meets quarterly, in-person during NCPDP’s Joint Technical Work Group Meetings.

Register to participate in the next meeting, February 7, 2019 and plan to attend the May work group meeting in Scottsdale, which takes place right before NCPDP’s 2019 Annual Conference. Registration for NCPDP’s Joint Technical Work Group Meetings provides access to all work group meetings during the event.

February Work Group Meeting Information

​There are several Task Groups actively focused on ensuring the successful electronic exchange of information related to specialty pharmacy and products. Other task groups may be addressing items that impact specialty prescribing, dispensing, billing or reporting. Please consider joining one or more of the following Task Groups to share your expertise and gain knowledge.

WG 18 Specialty Pharmacy Data Exchange Task Group

This task group’s focus is to standardize data sets exchanged (utilization/clinical) between specialty pharmacy and manufacturers to support programs and agreements between the parties.

WG 18 Specialty Requirements for ePrescribing Task Group

This task group’s focus is to identify opportunities to support the exchange of information needed before a prescription can be dispensed. This information is provided by the prescriber (or someone in the prescriber’s office) and includes additional patient demographic and clinical information, order-specific clinical information and instructions related to delivery of the medication (i.e. to the patient or the clinic, nursing services required). This data would be added to the appropriate SCRIPT Standard and/or Specialized Standard transactions, depending on analysis.

WG 18 Stakeholder Outreach and Education Task Group

This task group, newly formed at the August 2018 Work Group meeting, will consider if segments of the industry are appropriately represented in NCPDP’s efforts and will also identify opportunities to educate the industry around NCPDP transactions and standards that can be used to improve the prescribing, dispensing, billing and reporting processes.

WG 18 Benefit Coverage Identification Task Group

This task group, newly formed at the August 2018 Work Group meeting, will address ways to identify if a product is covered under a patient’s medical or pharmacy benefit. Knowing this information as early as possible in the prescribing and dispensing process can assist with appropriate routing and billing and improve access to therapy.

More information and instructions for joining the NCPDP Collaborative Workspace can be found by clicking here. You do not need to be an NCPDP member to join the Collaborative or participate in a NCPDP Task Group.

If you are currently a participant in the NCPDP Collaborative Workspace and wish to join another task group, select (check) the desired task group on your NCPDP Collaborative Workspace User Profile. (The User Profile is on the right with Sign In | Sign Out | User Profile.)

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