Colorado’s PDMP: A Vital Practice Management Tool

Molly PereiraFeatured News

November 25, 2014

If you haven’t already, be sure to register with Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). All dentists with a DEA registration were required to register with Colorado’s PDMP by Oct. 31. As of Nov. 6, only 60% of Colorado dentists had completed this required registration. If you have not already signed up to use the PDMP, you may register for an account at: Detailed instructions on the registration process can be accessed here. For questions about the PDMP registration process, contact the PDMP helpdesk at 855-263-6403. The Colorado Dental Board has proposed a fine, starting at $1,250 for dentists who fail to complete the PDMP registration.

If you are already registered or are a current user of the PDMP database, no future action is needed at this time to meet the state requirement.

About the PDMP
The PDMP is a secure online database created in 2005 that provides objective information about patients’ controlled substance prescription records to assist Colorado healthcare providers in offering appropriate treatment to their patients. The goal with the new registration requirement for prescribers is that practitioners who prescribe controlled substances will routinely use the program as a reference once they’ve registered. The PDMP database can be a helpful tool, as it provides dentists with vital information to make informed decisions about prescribing a controlled substance. While dentists are required to register with the PDMP, there is no requirement that prescribers utilize the program on an ongoing basis. Registration is the only requirement, aside from the notification requirement that has been in place since 2011 for any patient prescribed a controlled substance.