INDUSTRY WATCH: July/August 2014

Illinois Extends Scope of Prescription-Monitoring Program

The Illinois Department of Human Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health have announced that the state’s prescription-monitoring program will take downloads from long-term care pharmacies on a weekly schedule and develop a data warehouse on behavioral health medications by patient, facility, and region, as well as statewide. This interagency cooperative agreement is based on concerns about substantial use of behavioral medications in the nursing home population.

“The long-term care initiative is an important step in our efforts to better monitor prescriptions for controlled substances, especially among a vulnerable population such as the aging,” says IDHS Secretary Michelle R. B. Saddler. The goal is to work with the long- term care industry to develop reports that will assist medical directors, nursing directors, consultant pharmacists, and facility directors in evaluating the care they are providing.