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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why did NABP develop PMP InterConnect?
  2. How was PMP InterConnect developed?
  3. How do practitioners, pharmacists, and other PMP users connect to PMP InterConnect?
  4. Do PMPs that use the PMP InterConnect need to enter in to an individual MOU with each state PMP in order to communicate?
  5. How long is a PMP locked in to using the PMP InterConnect once an MOU is executed?
  6. Do the PMP InterConnect and NABP offer education to practitioners, pharmacists, and other users of PMPs regarding interstate data sharing and the PMP InterConnect?

1. Why did NABP develop PMP InterConnect?

Recognizing NABP’s background in assisting boards of pharmacy and other regulators in protecting the public health, NABP was approached by several prescription monitoring program (PMP) directors in the fall of 2010 about building an effective, easy to implement, and highly enhanced solution for interstate data sharing that could be implemented in under a year.

2. How was PMP InterConnect developed?

The PMP InterConnect was developed using a consensus-based process involving PMP directors from across the country. The development began in January 2011.

The directors made several specific requests of the PMP InterConnect design and function:

  • Encrypt the requests and responses from PMP to PMP using highly secure, widely deployed encryption technologies, ensuring no Protected Health Information or Personally Identifiable Information is exposed to any entity other than the disclosing and requesting PMPs;
  • Design the PMP InterConnect solution as follows:
    • Built using open standards
    • Cost-effective
    • Easy to implement
    • Low maintenance
  • Include a rules engine that would allow PMPs to maintain complete control and autonomy over PMP data exchanges with other states participating in the PMP InterConnect.

The PMP InterConnect, which launched for nationwide use on July 27, 2011, has effectively met and in many cases exceeded each of the criteria and expectations set by the PMP directors.

3. How do practitioners, pharmacists, and other PMP users connect to PMP InterConnect?

PMP InterConnect is a way to link participating state PMPs. If practitioners, pharmacists, or other PMP users wish to obtain multistate PMP data, they should contact their home-state PMP directly, as access is granted through the specific state PMP. The state must be participating in PMP InterConnect in order for the individual to obtain multistate data.

4. Do PMPs that use the PMP InterConnect need to enter in to an individual MOU with each state PMP in order to communicate?

No. Only a single MOU, executed between NABP and the PMP itself is necessary to participate. The advanced functionality of the PMP InterConnect allows each state PMP to maintain complete control and autonomy over who accesses its data via the PMP InterConnect. However, if a state has specific legal or regulatory requirements dictating that state-to-state MOUs must be executed, that state may still participate in the PMP InterConnect and take advantage of the functionality of the system.

NABP has similar MOUs in place with each state for services related to NABP’s other programs and services, and can easily adapt its MOU to meet state-specific requirements.

5. How long is a PMP locked in to using the PMP InterConnect once an MOU is executed?

The MOU requires 30 days of written notification, if a PMP wishes to discontinue use of the PMP InterConnect. There are no fees or penalties associated with terminating the MOU.

6. Do the PMP InterConnect and NABP offer education to practitioners, pharmacists, and other users of PMPs regarding interstate data sharing and the PMP InterConnect?

Yes. NABP is available to provide educational programming regarding the PMP InterConnect and interstate data sharing to a range of audiences, including PMP users, state and local law enforcement, and state and local government.