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Document How do we calculate the processing period of EPS messages?

Unfortunately it is not possible for you as a dispenser to specify in an electronic message the processing period for which the claim is intended as the way in which a processing period is determined depends on the month it is received and the dispensed date.
 
The dispensed date is taken as the creation date of the last Dispensed Notification message, which should signify when the last dispensed event took place. 
 
The way the processing period is calculated depends on when the message is received. Normally the processing period is set to the month the message is received except when the message is received during the first 5 days of the month.
 
When this happens the dispensed date is examined and if the dispensed date is the current month then the processing period is set as the current month, otherwise it is set to the previous month.
 
For example:
 

Message 1
Dispensed date = 20 June
Claimed 28 June
Processing Period set to June

Message 2
Dispensed date = 20 June
Claimed 2 July
Processing Period set to June

Message 3
Dispensed date = 2 July
Claimed 2 July
Processing Period set to July

Message 4
Dispensed date = 20 June
Claimed 8 July
Processing Period set to July
 
The reason that the dispensed date is taken into consideration is that if all claim messages submitted during the first 5 days of the month were taken as the previous processing period, then it would mean that any claim messages that were actually intended to be a current month prescription would be incorrectly set.
 
This way of setting the processing period ensures that the practice of claiming a month's prescription up until the 5th day of the following month (as per the Drug Tariff) is achieved.

Therefore, it is recommended that Dispense Notifications should be submitted to the Spine as soon as a dispensing event has occurred instead of being claimed in bulk.

 
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