|Submitted||Sept. 24, 2019|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Tennessee Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:
1. Any and all records reflecting an agreement for purchase, acquisition, or licensing of, or permission to use, test, or evaluate Appriss’s systems or services, including any product or service offered;
2. Any and all memoranda of understanding between the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy or Tennessee Department of Health and any outside entity regarding the CSMD;
3. Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in the CSMD, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals (e.g. Narx Score, Overdose Risk Score);
4. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that evaluate the Appriss risk assessment tool’s effectiveness or performance;
5. 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;
6. Any record showing the number of patients in the CSMD by quarter and year (2006-present);
7. Any and all records from 2006-present of notification to law enforcement about information in the CSMD Medical Review Group or other channels, including but not limited to how many times law enforcement agencies have been notified about information in the CSMD, and which agencies have been notified;
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. If you decide not to waive fees, we request that you permit us to examine, at our election, the responsive documents before deciding which portions to transmit. We prefer the documents in electronic format.
Should you determine that some portion of the documents request 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.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
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 7 business days, as the statute requires.
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Good morning Kent.
Your email to the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has been shared with me for response, as the Department of Health provides administrative support for this board and we ask that all media inquiries start in our office. Please consider this message our acknowledgement of your request.
You may find some of the information you have requested in the CSMD reports available on our website at https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/healthprofboards/csmd/2019_Comprehensive_CSMD_Annual_Report.pdf. Reports from previous years are available online at https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/csmd-board.html under “Reports.”
We will work to determine what other information we can provide in response to your request.
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