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WAC 246-919-985

Prescription monitoring programRequired registration, queries, and documentation.

(1) The physician shall register to access the PMP or demonstrate proof of having assured access to the PMP if they prescribe Schedule II-V medications in Washington state.
(2) The physician is permitted to delegate performance of a required PMP query to an authorized designee.
(3) At a minimum, the physician shall ensure a PMP query is performed prior to the prescription of an opioid or of a medication listed in WAC 246-919-970 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 physician 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 shall be completed at least quarterly;
(b) For a moderate-risk patient, a PMP query shall be completed at least semiannually; and
(c) For a low-risk patient, a PMP query shall be completed at least annually.
(5) The physician shall ensure a PMP query is performed for any chronic pain patient immediately upon identification of aberrant behavior.
(6) The physician shall ensure a PMP query is performed when providing episodic care to a patient who the physician knows to be receiving opioids for chronic pain, in accordance with WAC 246-919-965.
(7) If the physician is using an electronic medical record (EMR) that integrates access to the PMP into the workflow of the EMR, the physician shall ensure a PMP query is performed for all prescriptions of opioids and medications listed in WAC 246-919-970.
(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 physician or their designee due to a temporary technological or electrical failure.
(9) Pertinent concerns discovered in the PMP shall be documented in the patient record.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.71.017, 18.71.800, 18.71A.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-23-061, § 246-919-985, filed 11/16/18, effective 1/1/19.]
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