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WAC 246-817-980

Prescription monitoring programRequired registration, queries, and documentation.

(1) The dentist shall register to access the PMP or demonstrate proof of having assured access to the PMP if they prescribe opioids in Washington state.
(2) The dentist is permitted to delegate performance of a required PMP query to an authorized designee.
(3) At a minimum, the dentist shall ensure a PMP query is performed prior to the prescription of an opioid at the following times:
(a) Upon the first refill or renewal of an opioid prescription for acute nonoperative pain or acute perioperative pain;
(b) The time of transition from acute to subacute pain; and
(c) The time of transition from subacute to chronic pain.
(4) For chronic pain management, the dentist shall ensure a PMP query is performed at a minimum frequency determined by the patient's risk assessment, as follows:
(a) For a high-risk patient, a PMP query must be completed at least quarterly;
(b) For a moderate-risk patient, a PMP must be completed at least semiannually; and
(c) For a low-risk patient, a PMP must be completed at least annually.
(5) The dentist shall ensure a PMP query is performed for any chronic pain patient immediately upon identification of aberrant behavior.
(6) The dentist shall ensure a PMP query is performed when providing episodic care to a patient whom the dentist knows to be receiving opioids for chronic pain, in accordance with WAC 246-817-971.
(7) If the dentist is using an electronic medical record or EMR that integrates access to the PMP into the workflow of the EMR, the dentist shall ensure a PMP query is performed for all prescriptions of opioids and medications listed in WAC 246-817-975.
(8) For the purposes of this section, the requirement to consult the PMP does not apply when the PMP or the EMR cannot be accessed by the dentist or their designee due to a temporary technological or electrical failure.
(9) Pertinent concerns discovered in the PMP must be documented in the patient record.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.32.002, 18.32.0365, 18.32.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 19-02-043, § 246-817-980, filed 12/26/18, effective 1/26/19.]
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