February 23, 2018

Important Information from the Georgia AAP

Members Reminded (Again) to Register for Georgia Physicians
Drug Monitoring Program As Required by State Law

Members are reminded of their obligation, as per House Bill 249 which passed the General Assembly last year, to register for the Georgia Physicians Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).  ALL physicians with a DEA number must register, regardless of the types of medications you prescribe. The bill was passed in part to curb the opioid abuse problem now common in Georgia and other states across the country.

Registration is simple & easy. And it is not linked to or triggered by your medical license renewal, so don’t wait for your renewal to register for the PDMP. This is a separate obligation.

Moreover, only 80% of the state’s physicians have registered thus far. During the recent debate about the APRN bill in the state legislature physicians were criticized for not fully complying with this requirement.

You can register by going to https://dph.georgia.gov/pdmp.

 

To register in PDMP, go to georgia.pmpaware.net/login. You will need:

  • Your name and business address
  • Primary phone number
  • Last 4 digits of SSN
  • DEA number
  • NPI number
  • Professional license number and type
  • Health care specialty

Secondly, the new law required that the prescriber check the PDMP before prescribing certain Schedule II drugs & benzodiazepines, and at certain intervals thereafter. However, stimulants used in the treatment of ADHD are NOT included in the list of Schedule II drugs which would require a physician to check before prescribing.  The Georgia AAP advocated to ensure these drugs were exempted from the final bill, and they were.

For general questions or for more information, contact the Georgia Department of Public Health PDMP staff at 404-463-1517 or email pdmp.support@dph.ga.gov.

Melinda Willingham, MD                       
Chair, Legislative Committee

This message was also posted to the Georgia AAP Practice Managers Listserv.