Here is an example of the Board of Medical Examiners using PDMP history in the complaint process resulting in the practice shutting down. The record of PDMP checks is there, and a few states are starting to look at their mandated use requirements and the gaps between prescriptions written and PDMP checks done.

This transactional history is part of the state PDMP and can be used now or much later to support complaints.

 

How do you show your compliance to mandated use?

 

Whenever possible, orthopaedic surgeons should request and review old medical records and speak with the patient’s primary physician about past medication problems. Currently, states have Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs designed to assist law enforcement in the identification of doctor shoppers; these data are also accessible to physicians.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Now, March 2014

When a clinician is prescribing a controlled substance, readily available information about the drugs that a patient is receiving from other providers can be a critically important component of the decision-making process…Increasingly, these [PDMP] programs have evolved into a useful tool for the clinician who must incorporate careful risk management into the prescribing of opioid analgesics or any other controlled substance.

Increasingly, these programs have evolved into a useful tool for the clinician who must incorporate careful risk management into the prescribing of opioid analgesics or any other controlled substance Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Serve a Vital Clinical Need.

Editorial  Pain Medicine, The American Academy of Pain Medicine; 2011;12:845
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