Maryland PDMP Data Request

Sarah Seymour filed this request with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene of Maryland.
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From: Sarah Seymour

Our team under the Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University School of Law is interested in the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Specifically, we want to learn more about law enforcement access to the database, the use of any algorithms that produce risk assessment scores or other warning flags to analyze its contents, and the data access and retention rules governing the system. In order to permit the public to understand how the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration is using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and how it impacts public health and civil liberties in Maryland, we are making this request under the MD Code Health Gen §§ 21-2A-01 to -10 for the following records:

1. Risk score algorithm information: Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in WORx, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals (e.g. Narx Score, Overdose Risk Score);

2. De-identified red flag outputs: Any and all records of de-identified red flag algorithm outputs (e.g. provider red flag, pharmacy red flag, 40 MED red flag) and patient behavioral red flags (e.g., anxious patient demeanor, distance between prescriber and dispenser) with prescriber/dispenser training documentation on how to address the red flags;

Because this request involves a matter of public concern and because it is made on behalf of a nonprofit organization, we ask that you waive any fees.

Should you determine that some portion of the documents requested are exempt from disclosure, please release any reasonably segregable portions that are not exempt. In addition, please note the applicable statutory exemption and explain why it applies to the redacted portions. As you know, a custodian of public records shall comply with a request within ten days after receipt.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Sarah Seymour

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ms. Seymour,

You will receive a response to the below PIA request within thirty (30)
days, as required by statute. If the custodian of the records is not able
to produce the requested documents within that timeframe, you will be
notified in writing.

Regards,
Heather Shek

Office of Governmental Affairs
Maryland Department of Health
201 W. Preston St.
<https://maps.google.com/?q=201+W.+Preston+St.+Baltimore,+MD+21201&entry=gmail&source=g>
Baltimore, MD 21201
<https://maps.google.com/?q=201+W.+Preston+St.+Baltimore,+MD+21201&entry=gmail&source=g>
(410) 767-6504
MDH.PIA@maryland.gov
http://dhmh.maryland.gov/

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From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dear Ms. Seymour,

Please find your requested Public Information Act information attached,
including a letter which responds to your questions.

PIA Request #19-524

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*Sara Roberson, MSW*
Assistant Director
Office of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
Public Health Services
Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation
Vocational Rehabilitation Building
55 Wade Avenue
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
Catonsville, MD 21228
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
(p) 410-402-8426
(c) 443-687-0397
(f) 410-402-8601
(e) sara.roberson1@maryland.gov

*Register for PDMP Access!* crisphealth.org
<http://crisphealth.org/services/prescription-drug-monitoring-program-pdmp/pdmp-registration/>
*Learn more about PDMP! *MarylandPDMP.org <http://www.marylandpdmp.org/>
*Maryland Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery:*
http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/
<http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/>

*MDH is committed to customer service. Click here
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From: Sarah Seymour

Hi Sara,

Thank you for your response from Oct. 2019. We want to request another data point as follows:

The number of patients profiles in PDPM by quarter/year: Any record showing the number of patient profiles in the PDMP by quarter and year (2006-present);

If our lab needs to file another FOIA request for this please let us know. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Best,

Sarah Seymour

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dear Sarah Seymour:

Could you clarify your below request? I'd love to speak with you so that I
can make sure that we are satisfying your request. What is a good number
at which to reach you? Thanks!

"The number of patients profiles in PDPM by quarter/year: Any record
showing the number of patient profiles in the PDMP by quarter and year
(2006-present)"

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*Sara Roberson, MSW*
Assistant Director
Office of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
Public Health Services
Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation
Vocational Rehabilitation Building
55 Wade Avenue
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
Catonsville, MD 21228
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
(p) 410-402-8426
(c) 443-687-0397
(f) 410-402-8601
(e) sara.roberson1@maryland.gov

*Register for PDMP Access!* crisphealth.org
<http://crisphealth.org/services/prescription-drug-monitoring-program-pdmp/pdmp-registration/>
*Learn more about PDMP! *MarylandPDMP.org <http://www.marylandpdmp.org/>
*Maryland Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery:*
http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/
<http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/>

*MDH is committed to customer service. Click here
<http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?agencycode=DHMH&SurveyID=86M2956>
to
take the Customer Satisfaction Survey. *

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From: Sarah Seymour

Hi Sara,

Yeah definitely. We are requesting the number of unique patients within the PDMP, whether that be annually or quarterly. They do not have to be broken down by type of prescription they are receiving or any other dispensing information. My number is 225-892-3028. I'm available Tuesday (5/19), Wednesday (5/20), and Thursday (5/21) any time between 10am to 4pm est. Let me know what works best with you. Thank you for the help! I appreciate it.

Best,

Sarah Seymour

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Thanks! You have clarified the request.

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*Sara Roberson, MSW*
Assistant Director
Office of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
Public Health Services
Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation
Vocational Rehabilitation Building
55 Wade Avenue
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
Catonsville, MD 21228
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
(p) 410-402-8426
(c) 443-687-0397
(f) 410-402-8601
(e) sara.roberson1@maryland.gov

*Register for PDMP Access!* crisphealth.org
<http://crisphealth.org/services/prescription-drug-monitoring-program-pdmp/pdmp-registration/>
*Learn more about PDMP! *MarylandPDMP.org <http://www.marylandpdmp.org/>
*Maryland Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery:*
http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/
<http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/>

*MDH is committed to customer service. Click here
<http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?agencycode=DHMH&SurveyID=86M2956>
to
take the Customer Satisfaction Survey. *

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From: Sarah Seymour

Okay, great to hear! Thanks again.

From: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ms. Seymour,

Please find attached the response to your below request.

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*Sara Roberson, MSW*
Assistant Director
Office of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Maryland Department of Health (MDH)
Public Health Services
Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation
Vocational Rehabilitation Building
55 Wade Avenue
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
Catonsville, MD 21228
<https://maps.google.com/?q=55+Wade+Avenue+Catonsville,+MD+21228&entry=gmail&source=g>
(p) 410-402-8426
(c) 443-687-0397
(f) 410-402-8601
(e) sara.roberson1@maryland.gov

*Register for PDMP Access!* crisphealth.org
<http://crisphealth.org/services/prescription-drug-monitoring-program-pdmp/pdmp-registration/>
*Learn more about PDMP! *MarylandPDMP.org <http://www.marylandpdmp.org/>
*Maryland Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery:*
http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/
<http://beforeitstoolate.maryland.gov/>

*MDH is committed to customer service. Click here
<http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?agencycode=DHMH&SurveyID=86M2956>
to
take the Customer Satisfaction Survey. *

NOTICE: This message and the accompanying documents are intended only for
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