MassPAT: Incorporating the New PMP into Your Practice

MassPAT: Incorporating the New PMP into Your Practice

MassPAT (Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool) is the new Prescription Monitoring Program's (PMP) online system launched by the MA Department of Public Health on August 22, 2016.  As many functions of the old system have changed or have expanded, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the MA Department of Public Health have developed this course, based on an archived webinar, to address various legal and regulatory requirements and to help prescribers implement use of this tool into daily clinical workflow.  This online course also addresses how prescribers can use MassPAT to inform best prescribing habits.
Based on a live webinar which was held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

Learning Objectives

After reading this material, a participant will be familiar with: 

  • Describe how to access and navigate the new prescription monitoring program, including use of advanced functionality
  • Discuss the legal and regulatory requirements for use of the new prescription monitoring program
  • Demonstrate how to effectively use the new prescription monitoring program to promote best clinical practice with regard to opioid   prescribing.
  • Integrate the use of the new prescription monitoring system into the clinical workflow, including how to effectively utilize patient information from the PMP.


James B. Broadhurst, MD, MHA
Assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  He is board certified in Family Medicine, with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine; and he is board certified in Addiction Medicine.  

Suzanne Cray
Director of Health Care Integration and Strategic Initiatives in the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Alison Rogers
Senior Consultant with The Ripples Group. She has worked extensively with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on the MassPAT implementation.  

Brendan Abel, Esq.
Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Counsel at the Massachusetts Medical Society. Prior to coming to MMS, he worked in the legal department at an academic medical center and was the heath policy researcher at the New England Journal of Medicine.

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: FREE
Non-MMS Member: FREE
Allied Health Professionals: FREE  



CME Credit

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study, including 1 credit in effective pain management and prescribing of controlled substances. 

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Start: December 1, 2016 
End: December 1, 2017 

System requirements:

Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.


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