What is I-STOP?
New York’s Internet System for Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by opioid addiction and the over-prescription of painkillers by implementing improved electronic monitoring methods. The Prescription Monitoring Program Registry provides practitioners and pharmacists with direct, secure access to view their patients’ recent controlled substance prescription history to help them better evaluate a patient’s treatment as it pertains to controlled substance prescribing and dispensing.
Who can access the PMP registry?
Any New York State licensed prescriber, excluding veterinarians, may access the PMP Registry. Each prescriber must have an individual Health Commerce System Account (HCS) to gain access. If you haven’t already, you can apply for an HCS account online through the New York State Department of Health.
Why do we need I-STOP?
In the past twenty years, drug overdose has been rising steadily as a leading cause of death in the United States.1 In 2013, 43,982 deaths were attributed to drug overdose, a majority of which are related to pharmaceutical abuse.1 With the drug overdose rate more than doubling since 1999, an average of 6.2 million American adults use prescription drugs non-medically.2
How does I-STOP affect my practice?
New York prescribersing practitioners are required, with limited exceptions, to check the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry prior to writing a prescription for a controlled substance.
What are the benefits of I-STOP?
I-STOP is intended to help practitioners better evaluate their patients being treated with controlled substance and was passed to help:
- Prevent prescription fraud, errors, drug abuse and overdose
- Allows for better understanding of a patient’s controlled substance utilization based on recent controlled substance prescription history
- Provides a quick, confidential online report to the practitioner and the pharmacist
- By moving to a 100% electronic prescription system, paper prescription pads can no longer be stolen, forged, or altered to illegally obtain a prescription drug
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Utilizing modern prescription technology has the potential to minimize medication errors for patients in New York State
- Electronic prescribing allows for the integration of prescription records directly into the patient’s electronic medical record
- Prevent double doctoring/doctor shopping- refers to patients seeking care from multiple physicians simultaneously, often with the intent of receiving additional prescriptions
- Allows providers easy access a patient’s prescription history to prevent abuse
How do I sign up for I-STOP?
Getting started with I-STOP and EPCS doesn’t have to be hard. First, follow the instructions below to register with BNE and to get an HCS account. Afterward, follow these instructions on how to get started on EPCS with Practice Fusion. All New York providers can meet the requirements of I-STOP with our certified EPCS system.
Register with Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE)
Each individual practitioner is required by regulation to register their certified EPCS software application with BNE. You’ll need to provide:
- Name of certified e-prescribing software application: Practice Fusion EHR
- Software version certified: 3.6
- Name of software application provider (company name): Practice Fusion, inc.
An HCS account
Consulting the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry is required when writing a prescription for a Schedule II, III and IV controlled substance.You must have a health commerce system (HCS) account to consult the PMP.
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