MassPAT Data

Cynthia Fernandez filed this request with the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # 17-324, 17-371
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Cynthia Fernandez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

All data collected by the MassPAT

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Fernandez

From: Christiansen, Charlena (DPH)

Dear Ms. Fernandez,

Please find attached a response to your public records request.

Sincerely,

Charlena Christiansen
Program Analyst
The Office of Public Protection
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure Massachusetts Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Ste. 500 Boston, MA 02114
Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us>
PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us>
Phone: 617-973-0874 Fax: 617-973-0983

From: Christiansen, Charlena (DPH)

Christiansen, Charlena (DPH) would like to recall the message, "Public Records Law Request: MassPAT Data".

From: Christiansen, Charlena (DPH)

Charlena Christiansen
Program Analyst
The Office of Public Protection
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure Massachusetts Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Ste. 500 Boston, MA 02114
Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us>
PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us>
Phone: 617-973-0874 Fax: 617-973-0983

From: Cynthia Fernandez

Hi Charlena,

I totally understand that there are concerns regarding patient and prescriber privacy. I am sorry if I caused you any inconvenience! But I was wondering if I could get a data dictionary set of the MassPAT database so I can have a better idea of what information I can and can't ask for.

Thanks for all your time,
Cynthia

From: Christiansen, Charlena (DPH)

Hello Cynthia,

I never received your follow up email you have included below dated June 9. But I did receive the one you sent yesterday.

We have received your records request and will begin working on your request. Please be advised that we are in the process of identifying records that may be responsive to your request and subject to disclosure under the public records law, G.L. c. 66, § 10 and G.L. c. 4, § 7, cl. 26. Once we determine the cost of copying, research and redaction, if any, you will be notified.

Charlena Christiansen
Program Analyst
The Office of Public Protection
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure Massachusetts Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Ste. 500 Boston, MA 02114
Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us>
PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us>
Phone: 617-973-0874 Fax: 617-973-0983

From: Christiansen, Charlena (DPH)

I apologize for the delay. I hope to have a response for you later today.

Many thanks,

Charlena Christiansen
Program Analyst
The Office of Public Protection
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure Massachusetts Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Ste. 500 Boston, MA 02114
Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us>
PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us>
Phone: 617-973-0874 Fax: 617-973-0983

From: Christiansen, Charlena (DPH)

Hello Ms. Fernandez,

Please find attached a response to your request.

Sincerely,

Charlena Christiansen
Program Analyst
The Office of Public Protection
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure Massachusetts Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Ste. 500 Boston, MA 02114
Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us>
PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us>
Phone: 617-973-0874 Fax: 617-973-0983

From: Cynthia Fernandez

Hi Charlena,

Thanks for that link! It's very helpful.
I am now able to ask for specific information, and I was careful to not ask for any information that might disclose patient information. Please let me know if this works or if I need to amend anything.

Also, thanks so much for your help, I really appreciate it.

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Specific information from the MassPAT data collection, in an excel sheet.
The columns I am specifically requestioning, along with the rows of information, are:
- Creation Date
- Message
- National Provider ID
- NCPDP/NABP Provider ID
- DEA Number
- Pharmacy Name
- Chain Site ID
- ID Qualifier
- ID Qualifier of Additional Patient Identifier
- Gender Code
- Species Code
- Patient Location Code
- Country of Non- U.S. Resident
- Reporting Status
- Date Written
- Product ID Qualifier
- Product ID
- Quantity Dispended
- Days Supply
- Drug Dosage Code
- Transmission Form of Rx Origin Code
- Partial Fill Indicator
- NPI
- Pharmacist State License Number
- Classification Code for Payment Type
- Date Sold
- DEA Number
- DEA Number Suffix
- Product ID Qualifier
- State Issuing Rx Serial Number
- Relationship of Person Picking up Rx

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Fernandez

From: Christiansen, Charlena (DPH)

Hello,

We have received your records request and will begin working on your request. Please be advised that we are in the process of identifying records that may be responsive to your request and subject to disclosure under the public records law, G.L. c. 66, § 10 and G.L. c. 4, § 7, cl. 26. Once we determine the cost of copying, research and redaction, if any, you will be notified.

Charlena Christiansen
Program Analyst
The Office of Public Protection
Bureau of Health Professions Licensure Massachusetts Department of Public Health
239 Causeway Street, Ste. 500 Boston, MA 02114
Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:Charlena.Christiansen@massmail.state.ma.us>
PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us<mailto:PublicRecordsAdmin@massmail.state.ma.us>
Phone: 617-973-0874 Fax: 617-973-0983

From: Rush-Lloyd, Helen (DPH)

Dear Cynthia Fernandez,
Attached to this email is the response from the Department of Public Health to your public records request.
Sincerely,
Helen

Helen Rush-Lloyd
Records Access Officer
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Helen.Rush-Lloyd@state.ma.us<mailto:Helen.Rush-Lloyd@state.ma.us>
Office: 617-624-5223
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