Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Among Veterans, pain and mental health are common diagnoses, which are oftentimes treated with controlled substances. At the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, prescribers are required to query the PDMP when prescribing controlled substances at least annually. Florida’s House Bill 21, which requires prescribers and dispensers to query the PDMP with each new prescription, went into effect July 1, 2018. The purpose of this project is to compile and analyze data related to utilization of the PDMP before and after House Bill 21, to see how it has affected utilization of the database within our facility.
Methods: A retrospective review collected from the Computerized Patient Record System will be conducted from September 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017 and September 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018 to identify the number of PDMP notes entered. A 10% random sample of the notes from each quarter will be reviewed. Demographics and data regarding controlled substance history, military history, service connection, and the outcomes of the PDMP queries will be collected. In addition to above, voluntary query of prescribers will be evaluated to identify barriers to implementation and general data about use of the PDMP within the WPB VAMC will be recorded through use of the VA Academic Detailing PDMP Dashboard. Descriptive statistics will be utilized to analyze the results. Any protected health information will remain confidential per VA policy and the Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act (HIPAA).
Results: Not applicable
Conclusion: Not applicable
Lauren Shirley– Student, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Harrisburg, PA