E-prescribing: Blue Cross member data now available

Providers have access to e-prescribing information for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota members who have Prime Therapeutics as their pharmacy benefit manager (PBM).

How do I know if my patient’s information is available?

Refer to the member’s identification card — the RxPCN value is PGIGN. Data is available for all Blue Cross members who use Prime Therapeutics as their PBM.

What is e-prescribing?

E-prescribing allows you to write and electronically submit prescriptions to a pharmacy directly from the point of care. You can also have immediate access to a patient’s eligibility information, medication history and drug formulary.

Why use it?

E-prescribing has many time-saving and patient safety features:

  • Check for potential allergies and harmful drug interactions by reviewing your patient’s medication history
  • Confirm member eligibility and prescription copay information prior to sending an e-prescription
  • Reduce time spent on phone calls with pharmacies; less potential for errors due to handwriting interpretation
  • Select medications that are preferred by the patient's health plan, that meet therapeutic guidelines and are cost effective for the patient
  • See which medications require a prior authorization, step therapy authorization or have a quantity limitation so you can change the medication or submit an authorization request before the patient goes to the pharmacy
  • Be informed of drug recall information

How do I start e-prescribing?

If you are interested in writing e-prescriptions at your office, you will need to find stand-alone e-prescribing software or an electronic medical record (EMR) that has been certified. Refer to the AMA’s ePrescribing Learning Center ExternalLink for more information.

Learn more AMA’s ePrescribing Learning Center ExternalLink Surescripts E-Prescribing ExternalLink