Amendment #15, as changed to H3944

Prescription Monitoring Program

Mr. Fernandes of Milford moves to amend the bill in section 15 by adding the following paragraph:-

The department shall work in conjunction with the respective boards of licensure to annually determine each practitioner's schedule II and schedule Ill opiate prescribing quantity and volume and the practitioner's standing with regard to the mean and median quantity and volume for the practitioner's category of specialty or practice type.  A practitioner may request the practitioner’s own percentile ranking within the practitioner’s own category of practice; such information shall be confidential, shall not constitute a public record as defined in clause twenty-sixth of section 7 of chapter 4, shall not be admissible as evidence in a civil or criminal proceeding, and shall not be the sole basis for investigation by a licensure board.  The department shall also coordinate with the respective boards of licensure to make resources available to prescribers regarding ways to change prescribing practices and incorporate alternative pain management options into a prescriber's practice.