SRS is the first specialty-specific EHR to offer PDMP checking integrated into the prescribing workflow, at the point of care.
Many of you are now required to access your state’s PDMP prior to writing a prescription for a scheduled drug. In order to do this, you have to go outside of your EHR and log in to the database separately. SRS has integrated PDMP checks into the EHR to simplify your workflow and help you provide better care while meeting state regulations.
This powerful integration improves the physician’s ability to intervene at the earliest signs of controlled substance misuse or abuse while also helping compliance with mandates. And it can result in a 67% time savings over current methods of access and documentation, reducing time from 3 or more minutes to well under 30 seconds.
Key Features and Benefits of the SRS Solution:
Seamlessly integrated into the prescribing workflow
Documentation in the state database that the provider checked the record for a specific patient
Makes it easy to satisfy one of the MIPS Improvement Activities
What are prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)?
PDMPs are state-run programs designed to prevent abuse of controlled substances. Currently, 49 states maintain electronic databases that consolidate data from pharmacies on controlled prescription drugs dispensed to patients. While state rules vary, more than 39 states now have requirements for prescribers to view the PDMP before prescribing controlled substances. Check your state’s requirements to ensure compliance or visit www.pdmpassist.org.
Why are PDMPs important?
PDMPs are one of the most promising tools available to address prescription opioid misuse and abuse and are part of the greater Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) programs.
When available at the point of care, PDMP information can give a prescriber or pharmacist critical information regarding a patient’s controlled substance prescription history. This, in turn, can help providers distinguish between patients who legitimately need opioid medications for pain treatment and those who may be seeking to misuse or divert (i.e., channeling drugs into illegal use) these powerful drugs.
How are PDMPs implemented and managed?
PDMP databases are populated from pharmacies when prescriptions for controlled substances are dispensed to patients. In some states, data from prescribing physicians is also collected.
State licensing and and regulatory board can use their PDMP data to detect unusual and excessive prescribing patterns. In addition, state Medicaid Programs can use PDMP data for patient reviews, and state public health officials can use aggregated PDMP data to inform the development and implementation of targeted public health interventions, such as prescriber education campaigns.
What should I do next?
Learn more about how SRS can help you fight the opioid crisis, improve your prescribing workflows, and meet state mandates.