Prescribing Changes in Texas: Know What You Need to Know
By David Doolittle

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By now you might know that state lawmakers recently passed a number of changes to how prescriptions for certain pain medications must be written and processed, as part of a larger effort to fight prescription fraud and abuse.

But you might not fully understand the ins and outs of the changes. That's why the Texas Medical Association created a free on-demand webinar that outlines what prescribers can expect.

The webinar, Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Requirements: Who, What, When, and How, covers the statutory requirements for checking Texas’ new prescription monitoring program, known as PMP Aware

Initially, all prescribers had until Sept. 1 to set up a PMP Aware account. But TMA lobbied for a six-month delay to give electronic health record (EHR) vendors sufficient time to fully integrate the PMP into their products and make other software changes before the mandate takes effect. The deadline is now March 1, 2020. 

The webinar also addresses: 

  • The new PMP Data Visualization Tools System
  • Updated EHR functionalities and integration with the PMP system
  • How to use of the state-designated platform to determine things like a patient’s risk for overdose

When Texas’ PMP was established in 2008, it was housed at the Department of Public Safety – one of only a few state PMPs run by a law enforcement agency rather than a health-related entity. For several legislative sessions, TMA advocated to move the PMP to the Texas Board of Pharmacy, ultimately succeeding in 2015.

This move has allowed TMA to help spearhead program improvements, including:

  • Better Functionality: TMA helped secure more than $5 million this past legislative session to enhance PMP integration with various EHRs, automate inquiries, and more. The six-month delay is critical for allowing PMP access directly through your EHR.
  • User Licenses ($50 Savings): This funding also allows the state to purchase electronic user licenses for all prescribers in Texas, eliminating a $50 annual fee that physicians pay to access the upgraded PMP through their EHR. 

Last Updated On

October 01, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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