Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,013,858)
The Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) enhances the capacity of regulatory and law enforcement agencies and public health officials to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data and other scheduled chemical products through a centralized database administered by an authorized agency.
PDMPs help state and local governments to detect and prevent the diversion and abuse of pharmaceutically controlled substances such as opioids and other prescription drugs. The Harold Rogers PDMP strengthens states and territories ability to plan, implement, or enhance PDMPs by accommodating local decision-making based on state laws and preferences, while encouraging the replication of promising practices. In addition to supporting the implementation and enhancement of PDMPs, the program can support the Administrations priority of tracking prescribing across providers and states through the integration of PDMPs and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) which are essential to promoting safe and responsible prescribing, while also assuring appropriate pain care.
The applicant will leverage support from the statewide health information exchange to expand the network of clinic integrations, providing comprehensive data to high risk and rural communities with vulnerable populations; improve database access efficiency for providers within their clinical workflow; provide direct access to law enforcement agencies to improve the method of receiving discovery data; enhance public safety efforts and improve community wellbeing; integrate an advanced analytics feature and provider outlier module to strengthen identification of problematic prescribing and dispensing behaviors while supporting judicious treatment practices; and continue funding for the cost of RxCheck, which is currently configured in Alaska.