I STOP Law Requirement
URGENT!!! - DO YOU HAVE YOUR HCS ACCOUNT?
THE DUTY TO CONSULT THE PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM (PMP) GOES INTO EFFECT AUGUST 27, 2013; PRESCRIBERS MUST HAVE HCS ACCOUNT
The “duty to consult” the NYS Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database goes into effect on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 for all prescribers who prescribe Schedules II, III, IV drugs for patients. It is vitally important that physicians obtain a health commerce system (HCS) account in order to access the PMP. To obtain an account please go to the New York State website here.
Click here for step by step instructions on how physicians and their staff can sign up for a HCS account. The process to obtain an HCS account takes about two weeks.
Once an HCS account has been secured, physicians can look up patients under the PMP. To access the PMP Registry go to the Health Commerce System at https://commerce.health.state.ny.us and log into the system with your user ID and password. (If you can’t remember your password, call the Commerce Account Management Unit at 1-866-529-1890; Option 1 for assistance). Additional instructions for accessing the PMP can be found here. How to Access the PMP instructions is also available on the MSSNY website.
Physicians can designate office staff to look up patients but the designee must also have a HCS account. Once the designee has an HCS account, the physician will need to designate them in the PMP. Physicians will need to log onto the PMP and click on the blue tab that says designate. Physicians then can list the names of their designees. Designees may not look up patients until the state regulations are finalized or when the law goes into effect on August 27, 2013 whichever comes first. Physicians and staff are also encouraged to go the NYS DOH Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s website for additional information:
The “duty to consult” requirement was the result of the passage of a law in 2012 called ISTOP. Chapter 447 of the Laws of 2012 amended Public Health Law Article 33, the New York State Controlled Substances Act, and requires most practitioners in New York State to check New York's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry prior to prescribing a controlled substance for drugs listed under Schedules II, III, and IV. This law requires prescribers to review information in the PMP database on their patients’ prescription history. The law also requires pharmacists to enter the prescription into a database called the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Pharmacies have the obligation under the law to enter the prescription into the database within 24 hours.
The law also requires e-prescribing of all prescriptions, including controlled substances, by March 27, 2015.