How to use Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)?

What is PDMP?

A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is a state-operated electronic database designed to monitor and record the prescription and distribution of controlled substances, including opioids and other potentially addictive medications. Healthcare professionals and pharmacists can access these databases to review a patient’s prescription history. PDMPs serve as valuable tools in identifying cases of potential overuse, misuse, or “doctor shopping,” a practice where individuals seek multiple prescriptions from different providers to obtain excessive amounts of medication. These programs aid in promoting responsible prescribing, preventing substance abuse, and enhancing patient safety by enabling healthcare providers to make informed decisions regarding medication management.

PDMP Registration for Location after enabling PDMP for Practice

To access the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) on Rxpad, users need to log in and follow the provided prompts. Upon logging in, users must register the necessary information for their designated location. Once these steps are completed, the patient’s PDMP scores will be readily accessible and displayed on the patient’s card.

In summary, the process involves logging in to Rxpad, following prompts to access the PDMP, and then registering location-specific details. This facilitates the retrieval of the patient’s PDMP scores, enhancing healthcare professionals’ ability to monitor and manage medication usage for improved patient care and safety.

PDMP Utilization

It sounds like you are describing a system or software for managing Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) data for patients. Here’s a breakdown of the process you mentioned:

  1. Registration of Location: This step involves registering a specific location, possibly a healthcare facility or pharmacy, within the PDMP system. This is likely done to link the location with the PDMP database for tracking prescription data.
  2. Displaying PDMP Scores on Patient Card: After the location is registered, PDMP scores are displayed on a patient’s card. This could be a patient’s digital profile or record within the system. The PDMP score may provide a quick overview of a patient’s prescription history or compliance with medication-related regulations.
  3. Viewing Detailed Report: Users, such as healthcare professionals or authorized personnel, can access a more detailed report for a specific patient’s PDMP data. To do this, they click on a “View Report” option, which opens up a comprehensive report with in-depth information about the patient’s prescription history and compliance with PDMP regulations.

This system appears to be designed to help healthcare providers and other authorized users access and review PDMP data for patient management and regulatory compliance. It’s crucial for tracking controlled substance prescriptions and ensuring patient safety and compliance with prescribing guidelines.

PDMP for KS state patient

The use of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for retrieving PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) scores can vary from state to state, as each state may have its own regulations and requirements for accessing PDMP data. PDMPs are state-run programs that monitor the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances, and they are intended to help healthcare professionals make informed decisions about prescribing medications.

In some states, requiring an SSN for accessing PDMP data may be part of their security and authentication procedures, while in others, it may not be required. The use of SSNs for such purposes can be a matter of concern due to privacy and security issues, and many states have implemented alternative methods of authentication to protect patient information.

It’s important to follow the specific rules and guidelines set by the Kansas PDMP or any other state’s PDMP when accessing patient information. If you are a healthcare provider or someone authorized to access PDMP data, it’s best to check with your state’s PDMP authority or refer to their documentation to understand the exact requirements and procedures for accessing PDMP scores for patients in Kansas. Keep in mind that the use of SSNs for authentication purposes can raise privacy and security concerns, so it’s essential to handle patient information in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

What if PDMP is not enabled for Practice?

If the PDMP functionality is not activated, the system will generate a prompt message on the patient’s card. A PDMP is a database used to track the distribution of controlled substances to patients. This feature can help healthcare providers monitor and control medication prescriptions for patients. The prompt message serves as a notification or reminder, ensuring that the PDMP is utilized to maintain the integrity of medication management.


Bamboo Health PMP/PDMP Product Options

Bamboo Health provides two product options for checking the PMP/PDMP report of a patient.

  1. PMP Gateway
  2. NarxCare

PMP Gateway

This comprehensive report delivers an in-depth overview of controlled substance prescriptions. It includes detailed information about prescribing providers and the pharmacies where these prescriptions are dispensed. The PMP Gateway-Report ensures a holistic understanding of a patient’s medication history, aiding healthcare professionals in making informed decisions.


The NarxCare report takes a sophisticated approach by providing valuable insights into Narx scores and prescription details issued by individual prescribers over a two-year timeline. Narx Scores are particularly relevant to narcotics, sedatives, and stimulants. Moreover, the report incorporates the Overdose Risk Score (ORS), derived from a 2014 Ohio study analyzing 1,687 unintentional overdose deaths. This score utilizes modern data science techniques in its formulation, enhancing its accuracy and reliability. Additionally, the report features graphical representations for various prescription types, offering a visually intuitive understanding of prescription patterns.


PDMP Enrollment FAQs


What if the Provider/practice does not have the Bamboo Health Account?

For those without a Bamboo Health account, navigate to the PDMP Enrollment process outlined here. This is essential to complete the PDMP Enrollment and gain access to our services.

What if I’m already registered for my state PMP or PDMP?

You’re on the right track! To seamlessly integrate, follow the steps detailed in our PDMP Enrollment page here.

What if the provider/practice worked with Bamboo Health previously, with another EHR vendor?

No need to repeat the PDMP enrollment process. Just reach out to, and inform them about your previous setup with Bamboo Health, and our team will coordinate with Bamboo Health to furnish you with updated credentials.

How do the Bamboo health product options PMP Gateway and NarxCare differ from each other?

PMP Gateway generates a comprehensive state PMP/PDMP Report with patient prescription, provider, and pharmacy information. On the other hand, NarxCare offers Narx scores and advanced analytics in addition to the State PMP/PDMP Report.
For more information: Please check the differences between the PMP Report and the NarxCare report in the above section.

Is it mandatory to enroll for both PMP Gateway and NarxCare?

While NarxCare is fully funded in some states, in those where funding is unavailable, providers/practices must decide between the PMP Gateway Report and the NarxCare report. This choice is instrumental in assisting physicians in making more informed prescribing decisions tailored to individual patient needs.

How to enroll later in NarxCare if we have the PMP Gateway currently?

Administrators can request any downgrading or upgrading of service levels by submitting a support ticket at Bamboo Health Support.
The provider/practice administrator can put in a request via support ticket at Bamboo Health Support for any downgrading and upgrading of service levels.

My state requires that I check the PMP/PDMP when I prescribe medications for my patients, does the H2H DigitalRx count for that?

Yes! H2H DigitalRx fully aligns with state requirements. To view the complete PMP/PDMP report, click the View Report button on the patient card. Bamboo Health automatically records this action, and the usage report is accessible to your state.

Do I need separate credentials for each provider in H2H DigitalRx?

No need for multiple sets of credentials. A single set covers PMP/PDMP access for all your providers. Your practice location’s registration with PMP/PDMP integration ensures comprehensive coverage.

How do H2H DigitalRx access controls ensure that only the appropriate users have access to PMP/PDMP data?

H2H DigitalRx employs role-based access, ensuring that only prescribing providers with relevant roles can access patient PMP/PDMP scores and reports. This provider information, including roles, is securely transmitted to the state PMP/PDMP for verification.
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