Scripts PDMP Data Request (2)

Sarah Seymour filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Services of South Carolina.
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19-0295

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From: Sarah Seymour

To Whom it May Concern,

Northeastern University’s School of Social Justice and Health Equity is interested in the state’s prescription monitoring program, the South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program (SC PMP). Specifically, we want to learn more about law enforcement access to the database, the use of an algorithm that produces a risk assessment score to analyze its contents, and the data access and retention rules governing the system. We understand the algorithm was produced by the corporation Appriss Health.

In order to permit the public to understand how the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is using the SC PMP and how it impacts public health and civil liberties in South Carolina, Northeastern University’s Health in Justice Action Lab is making this request under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, §30-4-10 et seq., for 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 South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and any outside entity regarding the SC PMP.

3. Any and all records including information about the algorithm that determines risk scores in the SC PMP, including but not limited to its source code, developer documentation, and operator manuals (e.g. NarxScores, Overdose Risk Scores);

4. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that define and/or evaluate the SC PMP effectiveness or performance;

5. Any and all research, technical reports, or internal audits that evaluate the Appriss risk assessment tool’s effectiveness or performance

6. Any document containing a full list of the data fields in the SC PMP;

7. 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;

8. Any record showing the number of patients in the SC PMP by quarter and year (2006-present);

9. Any record showing the number of prescribers and pharmacists in the SC PMP by quarter and year (2006-present);

10. Any and all records containing the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control analysis of whether and/or how the SC PMP has impacted public health in South Carolina (e.g. decrease or increase in overdose rates, “doctor shopping,” prescribing volume, etc.) over time;

11. Any and all records 2006-present of notification to law enforcement about information in the SC PMP Medical Review Group or other channels, including but not limited to how many times law enforcement agencies have been notified about information in the SC PMP, and which agencies have been notified;

12. Any and all internal policy, memoranda, and/or training documentation describing how entities outside of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, including law enforcement, may obtain access to information in the SC PMP, including but not limited to the rules, regulations, and procedures of the Medical Review Group;
13. The legal authorization for sharing SC PMP information with the law enforcement entities; and

14. Any and all records showing how often law enforcement entities or individuals have requested information or records from the SC PMP, or made electronic queries of the system, including but not limited to what types of information or records have been requested, which agencies have made the requests, the percent of requests that were accepted versus denied, temporal trends, the form of the request (e.g. subpoena, warrant, etc.), and whether the requests were granted or denied.

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 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 15 days after receipt.

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,
Sarah Seymour

From: Department of Health and Human Services

Please find attached the response in regards to your recent FOIA request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

________________________________
Linda Hillian
Paralegal
Hillian@scdhhs.gov<mailto:Hillian@scdhhs.gov>
803-898-2794
1801 MAIN STREET
COLUMBIA, SC - 29201
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From: Sarah Seymour

Hi Linda,

Thanks for the follow up. I have sent S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) an email with the same request.

Best,

Sarah Seymour

From: Department of Health and Human Services

Please find attached the response in regards to your recent FOIA request that was sent by email on December 4. If you need further information, let me know.

________________________________
Linda Hillian
Paralegal
Hillian@scdhhs.gov<mailto:Hillian@scdhhs.gov>
803-898-2794
1801 MAIN STREET
COLUMBIA, SC - 29201
www.scdhhs.gov<http://www.scdhhs.gov>
[http://img1.scdhhs.gov/fb.png]<https://www.facebook.com/SCMedicaid>[twitter.com/scmedicaid]<https://twitter.com/scmedicaid>[http://img1.scdhhs.gov/pin.png]<http://www.pinterest.com/scmedicaid>
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Healthy Connections and the Healthy Connections logo are trademarks of South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and may be used only with permission from the Agency.

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