Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $598,002)
The Kansas Board of Pharmacy proposes to implement projects to improve quality and accuracy of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) data, ensure appropriate use of the PDMP by healthcare providers, and identify and mitigate high-risk prescribing scenarios. The purpose is to improve healthcare provider confidence in the accuracy of information reviewed in patient prescription history reports and reduce high-risk prescribing and dispensing activities in Kansas. Project activities include conducting pharmacy inspections to review compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements; review distributor records to identify dispensing prescribers not reporting to the PDMP; consolidate patient records for better searchability; enforce prescription error correction regulations; conduct appropriate use audits of user searches; investigate complaints; and identify and refer patients, prescribers, and pharmacies of concern for Advisory Committee review. Expected outcomes include improved accuracy of prescription records; improved searchability of patient records; enforcement of statutory and regulatory requirements; and improved patient outcomes. Kansas healthcare providers are the intended beneficiaries of data quality improvement projects, while Kansas patients receiving controlled substances will benefit from high-risk prescribing mitigation through the promotion of patient safety.