The Department of Health’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement has automated its “Practitioner Notification Program” to allow secure online access to certain of your patients controlled substance prescription histories. You can now view this information through your Health Commerce System (HCS) account if the patient has received controlled substance prescriptions from two or more practitioners and filled them at two or more pharmacies during the previous calendar month. Direct secure access to this information will allow you to better evaluate treatment and determine potential abuse.
In order to use the system, prescribers of controlled substances must establish an HSC online account. Instructions are available at https://hcsteamwork1.health.state.ny.us/pub/top.html or call the Bureau at 1-866-811-7957.