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PMP EHR Integration Requirement Waived until 9/30/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on Washington’s health care system over the last several months. Health care providers have been consumed with planning for and responding to the surge of patients needing critical care due to COVID-19. Although we are seeing hopeful signs that the spread of COVID-19 has slowed, the pandemic is not over. This public health emergency will continue to require the full focus of health care entities in Washington for some time to come.

In light of this, the Secretary of Health is exercising his authority under RCW 70.225.090(2)(b) to grant a nine month waiver from complying with the requirement in RCW 70.225.090(2)(a) for opioid prescribers to use electronic health records (EHRs) that are integrated with the state Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) by January 1, 2021. This waiver applies to all facilities, entities, offices, and provider groups subject to the integration requirement and is being effected in light of the burdens placed on our state’s health care entities because of the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington State.

This waiver will expire on September 30, 2021. After that time, all health care entities subject to the EHR/PMP integration requirement must have integrated EHRs in compliance with RCW 70.225.090(2)(a) or another waiver issued by the Department of Health.