The Department of Health (DOH) recently posted several new video tutorials on how to use the state's new Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). PMP electronically collects information on controlled substances prescribed and dispensed and gives prescribers a tool to make better-informed prescribing decisions by helping identify unsafe medication regimens, especially with patients who see multiple prescribers. Practitioners may request prescription history reports for their patients from the program. The information is available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, anywhere a user has internet access.
The new tuturiols walk practitioners through enrollment, requesting a patient history report, and how to delegate authority for requesting patient information to staff. The videos can be accessed online here.
Washington state’s new Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is fully operational and available online for licensed health care professionals to use. The Department of Health is encouraging providers to use this new system to provide improved patient care and help prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse.
To register, visit (http://www.wapmp.org/practitioner/pharmacist/) and follow the steps in the Training Guide for Practitioners and Pharmacists posted there.
DOH’s PMP website has more information and an option to receive updates through a listserv. You can also contact PMP Director Chris Baumgartner at 360-236-4806 (firstname.lastname@example.org).