Massachusetts insurer wants to write off prescription pads

Boston Globe, October 28, 2008

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts will require doctors to adopt computer prescription systems by 2011 if they want to qualify for bonus payments. The change will come a year ahead of a similar requirement by the federal government for doctors who treat patients under Medicare. Proponents say "e-prescribing" can reduce medication errors, complications from drug interactions and drug allergies, and overall pharmacy costs.


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