“U.S. Representatives Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01) and Joe Kennedy III (D-MA-04) ushered their bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act, or NASPER Act, through the U.S. House of Representatives.
The NASPER program provides states grant funding to foster the use of prescription drug monitoring programs to fight the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic gripping Kentucky, Massachusetts, and our nation. The measure will now be sent to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
The reauthorization of NASPER would allow SAMHSA to provide grants to states for the establishment, implementation, and improvement of PDMPs, offering timely access to accurate prescription information. This is critical to a provider’s ability to screen and treat patients at risk for addiction. Recognizing the importance of data sharing between state PDMPs, the NASPER program also promotes greater information sharing by requiring grantees to facilitate PDMP interoperability with at least one bordering state, while simultaneously protecting against unauthorized access to patient records. The NASPER reauthorization language would also encourage states to explore ways to incorporate access to their PDMPs into provider workflow systems, such as electronic health records and e-prescribing. Making prescriber access to PDMPs faster and more efficient will facilitate great usage of these effective warning systems.”
Read more at: http://surfky.com/index.php/component/content/article/123-general-news-for-all-sites/64278-whitfield-kennedy-bill-to-battle-prescription-drug-abuse-passes-house
Source: SurfKY.com – September 9, 2015