January 1, 2006

Tennessee Foundation for Quality Patient Healthcare

Initiative to develop a multi-faceted program to help reduce the volume of unnecessary controlled drug prescriptions among patients in Tennessee.

Executive Summary: TFQPH developed a CME course and technology pilot to reduce the volume of prescription drugs, specifically schedule II narcotics. TFQPH developed a program to track prescription drugs utilizing real-time technology and piloted it in Monroe County. Partnering with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force, TFQPH presented a series of information sessions to establish a better understanding of proper prescribing practices, promote collaboration between law enforcement and medicine and determine how medicine and law enforcement can work together. Approximately 6,000 healthcare professionals have completed the CME course. To date, three physicians and seven pharmacies have enrolled in the technology pilot program. A total of 140 individuals participated in the law enforcement summit, including local and regional law enforcement, physicians and other healthcare leaders.

Website: http://www.tnrxsafety.org/