Amendment #15 to H3944

Prescription Monitoring Program

Mr. Fernandes of Milford moves to amend the bill as follows:

SECTION 16 is hereby stricken and the following inserted in place thereof:

Chapter 94C is hereby further amended by inserting after section 24A the following section:-

Section  24B. The department shall annually determine, through the prescription drug monitoring system established under section 24A, the mean and median quantity and volume of prescriptions for opiates contained in schedule II and schedule Ill of section 3 issued by practitioners registered under section 7; provided, however, that mean and median prescription quantities and volumes shall be determined within categories of practitioners of a similar specialty or practice type as determined by the department.

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; provided, however, that the practitioner's standing shall be expressed as a percentile ranking for the practitioner within the practitioner's category. Each practitioner whose prescribing exceeds the 75th percentile within the practitioner's category shall be sent notice of the practitioner's percentile ranking in a manner determined by the department. The ranking determined for each practitioner shall be distributed by the department or by the relevant board of licensure only to the practitioner to which the information pertains and this information shall be confidential, not considered a public record as defined in clause Twenty-sixth of section 7 of chapter

4, not subject to disclosure pursuant to chapter 66, not 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.