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Network Matters
News and Information for the
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Network

March 2016

Massachusetts Providers: Enroll in Online Prescription Monitoring Program


As a reminder, all physicians, dentists, and podiatrists with a Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration (MCSR) should actively use the free Massachusetts Online Prescription Monitoring Program (MA Online PMP). The MA Online PMP is a secure website that allows prescribers to see which, if any, Schedule II-V medications a patient has been prescribed in the last 12 months, using information reported by pharmacies. The program supports the state’s efforts to prevent harm from duplicate drug therapy and combat the mounting opioid crisis by identifying behaviors suggestive of misuse of prescription medications, such as obtaining controlled substance prescriptions from multiple doctors without informing the physicians of their other prescriptions.

Because MA Online PMP contains data reported by pharmacies and may contain inconsistent information, it may be necessary to verify the accuracy of the information in the prescription history with other prescribers and/or dispensers listed, before taking clinical action.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Drug Control Program (DCP) automatically enrolls physicians, dentists, and podiatrists in the MA Online PMP when they obtain a new MCSR or have an existing one recalled (every three years). However, if you are not enrolled in the MA Online PMP and your MCSR is not due to be recalled soon, you can download the enrollment form for free on the Mass.gov website. In addition to enrollment guidance, you will also find a detailed program description and some useful resources.

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