It’s Time to Get Real about Real-Time Benefit Checks

For years, industry experts have been discussing the promise of Real-Time Benefit Check (RTBC) services and the dynamic information that they would provide to HCPs and patients in the ePrescription workflow.

In a nutshell, electronic RTBC services in the EHR would dynamically inform a prescriber about the exact cost of a prescription down to the patient level, based on formulary and the patient’s insurance plan coverage. These services, once implemented broadly, would essentially encourage and enable doctors to seek lower cost treatments when the cost of brand prescriptions is high.

But, for years it felt like a distant reality due to formidable implementation challenges. However, technical progress proceeded quicker than many anticipated and RTBC is now a reality.

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