In Win for NVMA, Veterinarians Do Not Have Access to Human Patient Data in PDMP

In what constitutes a victory for the NVMA, the State of Nebraska will prevent veterinarians from viewing human patient/client medication history within the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program site due to liability concerns. Read the state's explanation here. Among other things, the state says:

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Legal has reviewed Nebraska Rev. Statute §71-2454 and other state or federal laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and determined that the information in the PDMP system includes medications prescribed to humans and this data is protected under HIPAA. 

Representatives of the NVMA have argued for such protections since the debate about PDMP for veterinarians in Nebraska began.

A veterinarian licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act is required to report a dispensed prescription of controlled substances listed on Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV pursuant to section 28-405.  (Neb. Rev. Stat. § 71-2454 (4)). (Here is a link to a list of all controlled substances in Nebraska -- veterinarians are required to report a dispensed prescription of controlled substances listed on Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV).

Here is the Veterinarian Uploading How-to Guide for use in connection with the implementation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for veterinarians.

For additional information, go to the NVMA's PDMP Resources Page.