Medicaid Prescriptions Go High-Tech

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A new electronic system for the prescribing of medications being launched in April will provide Medicaid physicians in Louisiana access to cutting-edge technology to provide safe an efficient prescribing services as well as help drive down medication costs. Perhaps most importantly, this new program will increase the quality of the Medicaid prescription drug program.

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Approximately 65 percent of Louisiana's Medicaid patients (737,380 people) received a pharmacy service last year. This resulted in Medicaid paying for more than 9.4 million prescriptions.

This year, DHH expects to spend about $537 million on pharmacy expenditures.

Being introduced by the Department of Health and Hospitals, this hand-held electronic system will allow physicians to prescribe medications via wireless devices. The devices, similar to a state-of-the-art cell phone, can access Medicaid's Preferred Drug List, patient-specific prescription histories, Clinical Pharmacology

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