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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Most Providers Look to EHR Vendors to Address Opioid Management

October 17, 2018 - The vast majority of healthcare organizations expect their EHR vendors to assist in addressing the opioid crisis, according to a new KLAS report. KLAS interviewed 117 clinical and managerial executives from healthcare organizations of various sizes to see how providers are working to track opioid use among patients and implement safer prescribing practices. While federal entities have...


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PDMP Use More Burden, Less Blessing Without EHR Integration

by Kate Monica

Under pressure to stall the rising death toll associated with the opioid epidemic, CMS and state regulators have pushed the use of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) as a way to ensure healthcare providers understand a...

Cerner Launching EHR-Integrated Opioid Toolkit for Safe Prescribing

by Kate Monica

Cerner is launching a new suite of EHR-integrated health IT tools in the coming weeks designed to promote safer prescribing practices among clinicians in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. At the 2018 Cerner Health Conference (CHC),...

How Surescripts Lays the Foundation for a Value-Based Care System

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders in the public and private sector have their sights set on delivering high-quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs through the establishment of a value-based care system. The...

New eClinicalWorks, Allscripts EHR Tools Boost Health Data Access

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks and Allscripts each released new EHR tools designed to improve health data access for providers for better-informed clinical decision-making at the point of care. A new health IT solution from eClinicalWorks called Prizma...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Use Mandatory for CA Docs

by Kate Monica

California physicians and prescribers must query the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) before prescribing opioids or other controlled substances, according to newly-passed state legislation. The new law is part of...

Health Information Exchanges in FL, CT Combatting Opioid Overuse

by Kate Monica

Providers across Florida and Connecticut are working to curb opioid overuse and opioid-related deaths by integrating prescription drug data into health information exchanges (HIEs) and encouraging providers to closely monitor patient...

MEDITECH Offers Users EHR-Integrated PDMP Link through Expanse

by Kate Monica

In an effort to reduce provider burden and improve clinical efficiency, MEDITECH will now offer users of its Expanse EHR solution access to an EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) link. MEDITECH collaborated with...

Researchers Doubt Clinical Efficiency, Effectiveness of PDMP Use

by Kate Monica

A team of researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center determined prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use negatively affects clinical efficiency without offering much benefit as a tool for reducing opioid prescribing for...

Few WI Providers Using EHR-Integrated PDMP Link to Full Potential

by Kate Monica

Most users of Wisconsin’s EHR-integrated prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) are not taking full advantage of all features of the PDMP system, according to a recent user survey by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and...

MI Physicians Struggle to Access Patient EHRs Through State PDMP

by Kate Monica

Less than half of Michigan physicians can access the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through their EHR systems a year after the state spent $2.8 million upgrading the PDMP to support EHR integration. Michigan state...

Docs Access GA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Using Epic EHR

by Kate Monica

Southeast Permanente Medical Group (SPMG) recently connected to Georgia’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through its Epic EHR to enable safer prescribing practices among clinicians and improved substance abuse disorder...

Epic EHR at UNC Health Care Now Integrated with State PDMP

by Kate Monica

University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care recently became the first healthcare organization in the state to link its Epic EHR to the state prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) as part of a mission to combat the opioid...

AK Hospitals Connect to State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

by Kate Monica

Hospitals throughout Alaska recently connected to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) through care collaboration network Collective Medical as part of an effort to enable safer prescribing practices. The...

Opioid Roadmap Stresses Regulatory Requirements on EHR Integration

by Elizabeth Snell

Adopting electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) through modern regulatory requirements, including improved EHR integration, is one critical solution to opioid abuse, according to the Healthcare Leadership Council’s...

HIMSS, Health IT Now Weigh In On CMS Opioid Crisis Guidance

by Kate Monica

Healthcare industry stakeholders have mixed opinions about recent CMS guidance advising ways states can leverage health IT and EHR technology to address the opioid crisis. A June 11 letter from CMS provided guidance to states about...

CMS Urges EHR Integration of PDMP Data to Reduce Provider Burden

by Kate Monica

State Medicaid programs should improve EHR integration of prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) data to reduce provider burden and allow healthcare organizations to easily track patient information related to opioid use, stated CMS...

CMS Opioid Roadmap Prioritizes Healthcare Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recently released CMS opioid roadmap provides strategies to reduce opioid overuse among Medicare beneficiaries through improved healthcare interoperability. The federal agency’s three-pronged approach focuses on opioid use...

GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

by Kate Monica

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s...

2018 VA MISSION Act to Improve Health Data Exchange for Veterans

by Kate Monica

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently passed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) of 2018, which includes policies designed to improve health data exchange at VA care sites to...

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