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Friday
Dec132013

« PRESCRIPTION MONITORING »

The Washington Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a great resource for all licensed prescribing healthcare professionals throughout the country. Also known as Prescription Review, the PMP is a secure online database used to improve public health by giving practitioners access to their patient’s prescription history information before prescribing or dispensing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and V); this enables practitioners to look for any drug interactions, duplicate prescribing, possible misuse, or other potential concerns.

Click here for a full list of PMP monitored controlled substances categorized by Schedule. Though PMP is new to Washington state, the program has been around since January 2012 and is up and running in 43 of the 49 states authorized to operate a PMP. 

The Washington PMP is a great way to help reduce the increasing rate of medicine misuse in this country, increase the quality of your care, while at the same time protecting your patients and yourself. The Washington PMP is HIPAA compliant and has built in security features designed to protect your information. 

Register today! 

Click here to read the Washington PMP’s Terms and Conditions

Click here to read the Washington PMP’s Training Guide for Practitioners

Click here to create an account (In order to access the registration page you will need to type newacct in the
User Name field and welcome in the Password field)

If your request is approved, you will receive two e-mail notifications that will include instructions for accessing the database. Once you’ve received your instructions, click on the Practitioner & Pharmacist Query Site link to access the database.

There are many clinics and provider offices in Washington state already connected to this centralized system through Washington’s Health Information Exchange (OneHealthPort) which allows for secure patient information exchange and allows practitioners to communicate with other practitioners regarding any concerns related to potential drug misuse. In the near future, Washington’s Health Information Exchange will also connect through UW Medicine and the Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE).

The Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) is currently working on creating an interstate data sharing program that will enable practitioners to select additional states to request data from when using the system; WSDOH’s biggest focus right now is implementing data sharing agreements with our bordering states, Idaho and Oregon. 

Prescription misuse at a glance:
· Washington state has one of the highest rates of deaths from drug overdose in the county
· 2,353,586 Washingtonians received a CS script in 2012 (34.52 % of our population) 
· Lewis county has the highest percentage (39.6%) of their population receiving a CS
· The number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is more than heroin and cocaine combined
· 12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and methamphetamine combined

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