States to share data from respective Prescription Monitoring Programs in joint effort to prevent stockpiling, resale, and abuse of dangerous controlled substances
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State has begun sharing Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data with New Jersey to prevent the stockpiling and resale of dangerous controlled substances and to help fight the abuse of prescription drugs.
New York and New Jersey are using the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy PMP InterConnect hub, which allows them to securely share their prescription data with authorized requestors from other states in the hub. The Prescription Monitoring Program provides practitioners and pharmacists with a patient's recent controlled substance prescription information. By providing more complete records of patients' multi-state prescription histories, states work together to prevent those who would evade state laws from obtaining and stockpiling or reselling dangerous controlled substances for nonmedical use.
New York began data sharing with New Jersey on April 14, 2016. Through just April 22, over 16,000 controlled substance records have been requested, with over 12,000 of those requests coming from New York to New Jersey.
"Sharing controlled substance data with neighboring states allows us to more effectively combat prescription drug abuse and fraud," said Governor Cuomo. "New York has seen an important decrease in the number of controlled substance prescriptions issued since we launched our aggressive I-STOP program in 2012, and I am confident that sharing data across state lines will further that success throughout the region. Prescription drug abuse impacts families nationwide, and I am proud of the crucial step we are taking to stem this epidemic."
Governor Cuomo initiated New York's PMP - known as the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) - in 2012, and the program has revolutionized the way controlled substances are prescribed, distributed and tracked in New York State.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker said, "Participating in InterConnect not only facilitates the transmission of PMP controlled substance data across state lines to authorized requestors, it also enhances New York's ability to track and prevent over-prescribing of potentially dangerous drugs and strengthens Governor Cuomo's comprehensive effort to combat prescription drug abuse."
State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Arlene González-Sánchez said, "I applaud the Governor's initiative to share prescription information across State lines. Prescription opioid misuse is leading to chronic addiction impacting our families and communities. By sharing prescription information across state lines we can better monitor dispensing and minimize fraudulent prescribing practices and misuse of these prescriptions."
Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, said, "Fighting the opioid epidemic is going to require the kind of collaboration announced today by Governor Cuomo. By sharing prescription data, we will be better able to quickly spot those patients who are trying to illegally obtain controlled substances. This is a major step forward in our efforts to stem the dangerous epidemic of opioid abuse."
Senator Andrew Lanza said, "Knowing is half the battle. Through the Prescription Monitoring Program and I-STOP, New York state has compiled a valuable database of controlled substance use to better serve patients and combat abuse. By making this information available between states, New York adds another layer of deterrence to those who would overprescribe, or would-be drug seekers crossing state lines. Tracking prescriptions regionally not only makes sense, it saves lives."
Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, said, "The prescription drug monitoring program we enacted in 2012 has been an important tool for reducing prescription drug abuse in New York. Connecting it to New Jersey's system - and eventually to other state systems - will make it even more effective."
Assemblyman Michael Cusick said, "The opioid epidemic is not simply a problem confined to the borders of any single state. Opioid misuse and abuse has become a regional issue, one that demands creative solutions with our partners in neighboring states. The sharing of data with New Jersey is a start and will enable doctors and pharmacists in New York to more closely monitor a patient's efforts to illegally obtain these dangerous controlled substances."
OMIG has released its 2016-17 Work Plan, detailing the areas of focus in the Medicaid program for State Fiscal Year April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
This year's Work Plan continues a focus on organizing work according to categories of service. Building on the 2015-16 Work Plan, OMIG continues to utilize its Business Line Teams across a number of areas, including but not limited to the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), Managed Long Term Care, Transportation, Home and Community Care Services, and Managed Care. Further, OMIG will continue to emphasize provider outreach and education, particularly focusing on providers having proactive compliance programs that will prevent or, when necessary, detect and address abusive practices. Through its array of compliance webinars, guidance materials, self-assessment tools, presentations, and a dedicated compliance email address and phone number, OMIG's oversight activities and educational efforts increase provider accountability and contribute to improved quality of care.
The work plan, and plans from previous years, can be viewed at: https://www.omig.ny.gov/index.php/information/work-plan
The Continuing Legal Education Board has approved 4.5 CLE credits for OMIG's nine-part Compliance Elements Webinar Series (webinars # 26 - # 34). To earn the 4.5 CLE credits, individuals must view each webinar in the series and make note of the three codes provided in each webinar (27 codes total). No partial credits will be issued. Be sure to include all codes on the attorney application, which is posted on OMIG's website at: http://omig.ny.gov/images/stories/Webinar/attorney_cle_application_26-34.pdf
If you wish to apply for these credits, please email your completed attorney application, including your name and contact information, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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OMIG imposes Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIA) on certain providers that OMIG determines have committed unacceptable practices, but whose removal from the Medicaid program would negatively impact access to necessary services. The CIA allows for strict oversight of a provider. Providers under a CIA are subjected to monitoring that includes, but is not limited to, annual claims reviews, cost reporting reviews, and compliance program reviews.
Corporate Integrity Agreement executed:
Elant, Inc., Elant at Brandywine, Inc., Elant at Fishkill, Inc., Glen Arden, Inc., Elant at Goshen, Inc., and Elant at Newburgh, Inc. d/b/a Elant at Meadow Hill (collectively "Elant")
View the CIA at: http://on.ny.gov/24V9CgQ
Corporate Integrity Agreement expires:
OMIG's Corporate Integrity Agreement with Young Adult Institute, Inc. expired on January 19, 2016. View the expiration notice here: http://on.ny.gov/1TSQ0qj
All CIAs can be viewed at: https://omig.ny.gov/compliance/corporate-integrity-agreements
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The OMIG may sanction some providers by excluding them from participating in the Medicaid program. These providers are excluded from offering services to Medicaid enrollees and also cannot be paid with Medicaid dollars. Prior to adding new staff members, employers should check to see if prospective employees have been excluded from Medicaid. To make it easier to perform such a check, OMIG set up a dedicated service to check the status of any exclusion.
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