Since 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) have held hospitals to stringent requirements around the security and integrity of prescriptions. How
is your hospital currently addressing the requirement to ensure that every prescription—whether handwritten or printed by machine—is safeguarded against
copying, modification or erasure, and counterfeiting?
If your hospital is like many, you may have invested in “secure” paper—where each page is watermarked and has a unique serial number. Though compliant
with CMS requirements, this approach demands thorough processes for documenting chain of custody. In fact, “secure” paper must be kept under lock and
key—from the time it arrives at your facility to the time it’s loaded into a printer with a locking tray.
If you’ve been using this approach, you know that the per-page cost of the paper is high. And while it’s harder to quantify, there’s also a high labor cost—and
process inefficiency—around ordering and managing secure paper.
For hospitals that want a more flexible and affordable way of meeting the CMS mandates, there’s Ricoh Secure Plain Paper Rx Solution for Healthcare.
With micro-printing, security feature warning boxes, consecutive numbering and other checks-and-balances capabilities, our solution exceeds the CMS
requirements. It also eliminates the need for pricy paper, removes reliance on special printers with locking drawers, and demands significantly less intervention
from your hospital’s human resources.
Our solution includes a flexible software tool that’s compatible with equipment from virtually any manufacturer. So you can make the most of the printers that
you already have, saving both space and money. The tool also enables you to centrally manage prescription output—making it easier to create a defensible
audit trail. When it comes to safeguarding scripts, our solution will help change the way you work.