3/31/2015, Illinois Department of Human Services press release on PDMPs

http://www3.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cfm?SubjectID=2&RecNum=13017

More than 26,000 doctors and pharmacists and 1,100 dentists are using the system and sharing information with 17 other states…

The PMP began in 1986, and at that time monitored only Schedule II prescription drugs, including painkillers, such as morphine and hydrocodone. The PMP began collecting information electronically in 2000 and in 2007; the program was expanded to monitor Schedule III through V drugs, including Codeine, Vicodin and Valium.

In 2012, IDHS and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the PMP Long Term Care (LTC) initiative – an unprecedented opportunity to change the drug prescribing culture in nursing homes. Based upon concerns of the legislature regarding substantial use of behavioral health medications within the nursing home population, IDHS and IDPH entered into an interagency agreement to reduce the use of chemical restraints and improve the quality of care…

According to what I’ve read about long term care and nursing homes, there’s actually an epidemic of untreated pain in these patient populations.  Instead of utilizing pain medications, those in nursing homes are prescribed cheap “behavioral health medications,” to keep them sedated and easy to manage.  And then patients don’t complain about their pain, but if they do, no one listens to them.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s PMP InterConnect program allows participating states to share information on prescriptions of controlled substances. Through this network, IDHS’ PMP is better able to identify when patients have been issued duplicate prescriptions for controlled substances across state lines. The program alerts prescribers and dispensers when patients exceed recommended limits on controlled substances…

PMP is also working to integrate controlled substance prescription data into Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems to allow access to prescription information across healthcare networks, including emergency departments and short and long-term inpatient care.

Last year, PMP collected 21 million prescription records and 26,000 doctors and pharmacists currently refer to that clinical data on a regular basis. Participating pharmacists and doctors complete about 150,000 PMP searches each month.

As I mentioned in a previous post, once information is stored in your electronic health record, it cannot be removed, even if it’s not true.

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