Washington State Pharmacy Association

Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

Legislation in 2007 gave the Department of Health authority to create a Prescription Monitoring Program. The program’s purpose is to improve patient care and stop prescription drug misuse by collecting all the records for schedule II, III, IV, and V drugs. This information is then made available to medical providers and pharmacists as a tool in patient care. The state law creating the program is RCW 70.225.

The program is a patient safety tool. Practitioners will have access to the information before they prescribe or dispense drugs. This will help to prevent overdoses, prevent misuse, and promote referrals for pain management and for treatment of addiction.

The  program rules (WAC 246-470)  became effective on August 27, 2011.

The program is preparing to start data collection from all dispensers on October 7, 2011 and plans to make information available to providers in January 2012. 

For specifics on the requirements, go to www.wapmp.org.

PMP Dispenser Fact Sheet

Dispenser's Implementation Guide

Link to Data Uploader

WSPA Pain Management Toolkit including Opioid Dose Calculator and Assessment tools

News & Updates

September 9, 2011 -  Certification of No Dispensing of Controlled Substances

If your pharmacy does not dispense controlled substances then you do not meet the definition of a dispenser in the law for the PMP.

If you do not meet the definition of dispenser, please fill out and send in the form now posted at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/PMP/dispensers.htm

This way you can avoid showing up on our compliance reports and will not need to create an account for data submission or submit zero reports. 

This form needs to be filled out each year when you renew your pharmacy license.

Questions? Contact Chris Baumgartner, PMP Director,WA Department of Health at 360.236.4806 or prescriptionmonitoring@doh.wa.gov.

Web: http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/PMP/default.htm

Aug 11, 2011 - Prescription Monitoring Prgram Rule Adoption & Dispenser Requirements


Health Care Authority (HCA) is dedicated to helping providers in Washington state stay informed concerning all aspects of medical billing. HCA has been working closely with Department of Health (DOH) in implementation of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which will greatly impact many health care providers in Washington State. We at Health Care Authority think the PMP will be a great benefit to providers. This program however, will require that any provider who dispenses controlled substances make changes to the way they do business.

The program has reached some important milestones that HCA and DOH would like to share with you. The agency and department wants to make sure all impacted dispensers (pharmacies and practitioners who dispense controlled substances) are aware of the new data submission requirements.  

The PMP Dispenser Fact Sheet provides all the information a dispenser needs to know when creating their uploader account and to find the implementation guide. 

Rule Update:

DOH reviewed comments received during the public comment period, made necessary changes, and filed the rules for adoption on July 27, 2011. These rules become effective on August 27, 2011. 

Dispenser Requirements:

In order to meet the requirements of the new rules, dispensers must take the following steps:

  • Log on to the WA PMP website (www.wapmp.org) and read the Dispenser’s Implementation Guide by selecting the WA PMP Data Uploader link from the menu on the left.  
  • Create an account for submitting data to the program (available September 14, 2011).  
  • Begin working as soon as possible with your pharmacy software vendor to make necessary updates and begin testing with our PMP vendor in order to begin submitting data on October 7, 2011. You may begin sending files to test data submission on September 14, 2011. 

Technical or Policy-related Questions:

Health Information Designs, Inc. (HID) hosts the WA PMP. It is a nationally-recognized leader in the PMP and healthcare automation solutions and services industry. If you need any technical assistance as you prepare to begin data submission, please call HID’s WA PMP Helpdesk at (877) 719-3121, or send an e-mail to wapmp-info@hidinc.com.

If you have policy-related questions, please contact Chris Baumgartner, PMP Director at the Washington Department of Health, at (360)236-4806, or at prescriptionmonitoring@doh.wa.gov.

On July 1, 2011, Medicaid left the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and merged with the Health Care Authority (HCA).




Washington State Pharmacy Association
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Renton, WA 98057
(425) 228-7171
Fax: (425) 277-3897
Email: wspa@wsparx.org

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