The New York State Senate passed the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing (“I-STOP”) Act in order to curb abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. The program requires prescribers to review the patient’s recent history of controlled substance prescriptions, which offers providers more information to exercise professional judgment in treating patients. Starting on August 27, 2013, any New York State (NYS) licensed prescriber who holds a valid DEA registration must consult New York’s online Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry prior to prescribing Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances. In order to consult the registry each prescriber must have an individual Health Commerce System (HCS) account, which is operated by the NYS Department of Health. To apply for an account was very onerous, which required forms to be signed and notarized.
In order to streamline the process, HCS recently released a new paperless process for requesting an account. A signature and notarized statement are no longer required. For a prescriber to apply for an HCS Medical Professions Account, it now requires an online form to be completed. The online form requires the prescriber to have a NYS DMV Driver’s License or NYS DMV Non-driver Photo ID to register for an account. Prescribers who do not have a NYS DMV Driver License or NYS DMV Non-driver Photo ID can still get an account by using the existing process. The prescriber must also have a NYS Education Department registered medical professional license. A confirmatory email will be received upon completion of the application.
The following link contains the instructions on how to apply for a Paperless HCS Medical Professions Account: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pub/ctrldocs/paperless_docp.pdf.
Blog article submitted by Marianne Russo