For most Florida prescribers whose licenses haven’t renewed since 2019, it’s time to commence electronic prescribing. In 2019, the legislature enacted legislation that required electronic prescribing. However, this requirement became effective on the earlier of the prescriber’s license renewal date or July 1, 2021. Section 456.42(3), Florida Statutes requires health care practitioners to “electronically transmit prescription(s).” This term is not defined and, while it likely was intended to mean “electronic prescribing,” it does not say that.
The requirement that practitioners electronically transmit prescriptions only applies to those health care practitioners licensed by law to prescribe (MDs, DOs, APRNs, PAs, podiatric physicians, dentists, and optometrists) who:
- Maintain an electronic health records system (“EHR”); or
- Prescribe medicinal drugs as an owner, employee or contractor of a licensed health care facility or practice that maintains EHR