Writing Prescriptions: Basic Instructions

Version 14.8

The procedure for writing a prescription is the same for all formats, up to the point where the format is selected. To begin writing a prescription in any format, follow these steps:

  1. Open the patient's Medication List. 
  2. Click the button above the Medication List grid to open the Prescription Writer window will open. 
  3. A pop-up window may display a message asking if you would like to add the ICD-10 code of the current Encounter Note to the prescription. Click Yes or No. If you click Yes, the ICD-10 code will be added to the prescription. 
  4. The prescription pad (entitled "Completed Prescription") has fields for drug name, prescriber, ICD-10 code, days supplied, refills, D.A.W. (dispense as written), duration and indication of whether this is an ongoing medication. 
  5. Enter the prescribing provider's name by clicking on the down arrow button next to the Prescriber field and selecting a name from the drop-down menu. (If you are a prescribing physician, your name should auto-populate this field) 
  6. Next, click on the down arrow button next to the Purpose field. Select from the following and click on the link provided for further instructions:
  • Med - to dispense for an e-prescription. See Writing an e-prescription, for instructions on completing a prescription in this format.
  • Med - reference only for prescriptions written by other doctors. See Entering a reference prescription, for instructions on completing a prescription in this format.
  • Med - administered for prescriptions administered in the office. Search for the medication, use freeform to input how this medication is to be administered, enter the days supply, dispense amount, lot number and expiration date. If needed the staff administering the medication can enter in the lot number and expiration date.
  • Med - office samples for medication samples given in the office. Enter the prescription just as you would a free-text prescription.
  • Med - office vended for medication samples given in the office. Enter the prescription just as you would a free-text prescription.
  • Med - unformatted for a free-text prescription. See Writing a free-text prescription, for instructions on completing a prescription in this format. Note that prescriptions entered in this format CANNOT be transmitted electronically.
  • Med - Order (non-med) for orders that need to be written on a prescription pad.
  • Med - School/work note for notes that must be written on a prescription pad.
Note:  The charge for the medication will not automatically pass to the Superbill. The office should determine whose responsibility it is to add it to the Superbill.
  1. For drug information, patient handouts and other reference information, click on the phrase Look up Recommended Dosage Information in the center of the form.