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July 29, 2022

Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program Adds an Extra Level of Protection for Long-Term Care Facility Patients

To integrate a data transfer link between the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (ILPMP) and long-term care facilities—including the facility’s electronic health records (EHR) system—to provide enhanced accuracy of patient medication reconciliation, which ideally would result in decreased readmissions and improved safety, the ILPMP implemented PMPnow.  PMPnow is the name the ILPMP uses to define the direct one-to-one connection/integration from a facility’s EHR, electronic medical record (EMR) system, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (IT) Certified Health IT Module, or pharmacy management system.  Under the Controlled Substance Act (Public Act 100-0564), all locations that provide health care services and have an EHR, EMR, or pharmacy management system are required to have the direct, one-to-one connection.  Learn more about PMPnow's success and recommendations for implementing a similar program in this success story.

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