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Prescription Monitoring Program Rule Notice - CR 103 Adoption of New Language

Wednesday, August 22, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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The 2017 Washington Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1427.  As an aggregation of multiple bills, ESHB 1427 has several intended effects, primarily to implement safe opioid prescribing rules, to expand access and use of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data, and to improve access to medication assisted treatment. Information about the work to implement this important piece of legislation can be found on the ESHB 1427 Implementation webpage.

The notice below describes changes made to Prescription Monitoring Program Rules (WAC 246-470) and do not affect Opioid Prescribing rules being developed under ESHB 1427.

The Department of Health filed a CR-103 (permanent rule adoption) with the Office of the Code Reviser on August 8, 2018 as WSR 18-17-048 (attached) to notify the public of implementation of amended rules expanding the exchange of PMP data to department personnel, healthcare entities, and others to support coordination of care, patient safety, and quality improvement initiatives as described in Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1427, (Chapter 297, Laws of 2017)

A single edit was made in the CR 103 stage striking “licensed” from WAC 246-470-052 (2). The word remained after a previous edit intended to remove the entire phrase “licensed by the department” did not remove the single word “licensed.” The remaining word caused the sentence to be awkward and unclear. The department did not receive any comments on the proposed, now adopted, rules.  A copy of the Concise Explanatory Statement is available upon request. 

The adopted rules will become final thirty-one days after filing, or September 6, 2018, consistent with RCW 34.05.380.  

Any person may petition the adoption, amendment, or repeal of any rule consistent with the appeal process described in RCW 34.05.330

If you have questions, need more information or technical assistance contact Gary Garrety, PMP Operations Manager at 360-236-4802 or by email at

Should you need assistance with registering, or have questions about program utilization PMP help desk staff can be reached at 360.236.4806 (Option # 2) or by email at


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