EPCS Mandates: What You Need to Know

* This article is up to date as of May 12, 2020 *

Medical practices and pharmacies are struggling to control the misuse of opioids and other prescription medications – with the national legalization of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), many states are on the path to making EPCS mandatory for all controlled substances. Thankfully making the transition to EPCS doesn’t have to be difficult, Quatris Healthco is an expert in EPCS and helping you transition into using it to protect your patients and practice.

EPCS uses identity proofing, two factor authentication, and biometrics to make the prescribing process seamless and safe. When you submit prescription information via EPCS, the patient data is crosschecked against the Drug Enforcement Agency’s database in a digital instant.

With EPCS, your practice can:

  • Reduce the risk of fraudulent, stolen, or altered prescriptions
  • Eliminate dual workflows
  • Protect patients and save them time at the pharmacy
  • Create an official record for legal and auditing purposes
Learn more about how Quatris Healthco can help your practice implement EPCS management

EPCS Mandate Map

Our visualization of compliance can help you quickly learn the EPCS and PDMP information relevant to your state and practice:

EPCS Requirements by State

Alabama – No Requirement
Alaska – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
Arizona – Yes
Arkansas – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
California – Future Requirement: January 1, 2022
Colorado – Future Requirement: July 1, 2021
Connecticut – Yes
Delaware – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
District of Columbia – No Requirement
Florida – Yes: January 1, 2020
Georgia – No Requirement
Guam – No Requirement
Hawaii – No Requirement
Idaho – No Requirement
Illinois – No Requirement
Indiana – Yes
Iowa – Yes
Kansas – Future Requirement: July 1, 2021
Kentucky – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
Louisiana – No Requirement
Maine – Yes
Maryland – Legislation Proposed
Massachusetts – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
Michigan – Legislation Proposed
Minnesota – Yes
Mississippi – Legislation Proposed
Missouri – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
Montana – Legislation Proposed
Nebraska – Legislation Proposed
Nevada – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
New Hampshire – Legislation Proposed
New Jersey – Legislation Proposed
New Mexico – No Requirement
New York – Yes
North Carolina – Yes
North Dakota – No Requirement
Ohio – No Requirement
Oklahoma – Yes
Oregon – No Requirement
Pennsylvania – Yes
Puerto Rico – No Requirement
Rhode Island – Yes
South Carolina – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
South Dakota – No Requirement
Tennessee – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
Texas – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
Utah – Future Requirement: January 1, 2022
Vermont – No Requirement
Virginia – Yes
Washington – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021
West Virginia – Legislation Proposed
Wisconsin – No Requirement
Wyoming – Future Requirement: January 1, 2021