Colorado’s electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a secure online database that provides objective information about patients’ controlled substance prescription records to assist Colorado healthcare providers in offering appropriate treatment to their patients. The PDMP was enacted into law in 2005, in part, to reduce prescription drug abuse. The PDMP program was renewed for an additional ten years during the 2011 legislative session. In 2014, all providers – including dentists – that maintain an active DEA registration were required to register with the PDMP. The Colorado Dental Board has a fine, starting at $1,250 that may be imposed on dentists who fail to complete the PDMP registration.
The PDMP database provides dentists with vital information to make informed decisions about prescribing a controlled substance. Registering to use the PDMP tool is free, and required for all dentists who posess an active DEA registration . You can register at https://www.colorado.gov/dora-pdmp using your dental license number and other key pieces of identifying information. For questions about the PDMP registration process, you may contact the PDMP helpdesk at 1-855-263-6403 or visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/PDMP.
Once you have registered and logged into the system, you can view a patient’s controlled substance prescription history.
While dentists are required to register with the PDMP program, there is no requirement that prescribers utilize the program on an ongoing basis (though use is certainly encouraged). Registration is the only requirement, aside from the notification requirement added 2011 for any patient prescribed a controlled substance.
Starting July 1, 2011, healthcare professionals who prescribe controlled substances, including dentists, must notify any patient who gets a prescription for a controlled substance that the patient’s identifying information will be entered into the PDMP database. It’s important to note that the patient notification requirement exists regardless of whether or not you, as a prescriber, choose to use the PDMP database.
Your options to comply with the new notification requirements are broad. A few of the ways you can comply include:
- verbally notifying patients of the database when you prescribe a controlled substance,
- asking patients to sign a consent form (like HIPAA) that informs them of the database during the registration/check-in process at your office, or
- stamping or printing a disclaimer on the prescription pad about the PDMP database.
The CDA is offering sample forms and labels with notification language to members.
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