DOH Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement: I-STOP Update

Esq. Nancy Leveille and Stephen B. Hanse in Clinical & Quality

Proposed Rule making for the Prescription Monitoring Program (also known as I-STOP) was recently published in the NY Register.  As we previously discussed in our Member Mailing of May 30, 2013, the proposed rule effects Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who work in SNF and order any controlled substance listed on schedule II, III or IV.  By August 27, 2013, these practitioners will need to have a NYSDOH Health Commerce Systems (HCS) account to enable them to view the Prescription Monitoring Program Registry to assess the patients’ current prescription history of controlled substances.  This only applies for those prescriptions written for residents being discharged or going out on pass exceeding a 5 day supply if the controlled substance is used in accordance with the directions for use. (See clarification 7/22/13 MM.)  All controlled substance orders (listed on schedule II, III or IV) written and consumed  within the SNF are exceptions to this new rule and do not require consulting the Prescription Monitoring Program Registry prior to ordering.



Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20
  Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
Vice President, Governmental Affairs
518-462-4800 x25