The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is alerting physicians and other users of the Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP) that there will be an outage tomorrow, March 31, at noon. The outage is required to deploy a new functionality required by law, and although searches will not be accessible during the outage, registration will not be affected. It is anticipated that the system will be available again on Friday evening.
Prescribers are reminded that if they have not yet registered for the ePDMP, they should do so immediately. Beginning Saturday, April 1, physicians and other prescribers will be required to review a patient’s records from the ePDMP before issuing a prescription order for a controlled substance.
The ePDMP was launched Jan. 17 by the DSPS, and because the new system replaced the previous PDMP, logins for the previous system will no longer work.
Prescribers who encounter problems registering for the ePDMP should e-mail email@example.com or call 608.266.0011. Training materials, including videos and frequently asked questions, are available on the DSPS website.
To help physicians comply with the new requirement, the Wisconsin Medical Society is preparing an in-depth member resource that will be available on the Society’s website. The FAQ-style document will summarize the law’s requirements, explain the exceptions and discuss potential workflow issues and strategies to make regular use of the ePDMP a valuable part of patient care. Watch for more information next week and contact Mark Grapentine, JD, or John Rather, JD, with questions.
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