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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 76. Department Of Health Professions
Chapter 20. Regulations Governing the Prescription Monitoring Program
11/30/2021

18VAC76-20-60. Criteria for discretionary disclosure of information by the director.

A. In accordance with § 54.1-2523 C of the Code of Virginia, the director may disclose information in the program to certain persons provided the request is made in a format designated by the department.

B. The director may disclose information to:

1. The recipient of the dispensed drugs, provided the request is accompanied by a copy of a valid photo identification issued by a government agency of any jurisdiction in the United States verifying that the recipient is over the age of 18 and includes a notarized signature of the requesting party. The report shall be mailed to the street or mailing address indicated on the recipient request form.

2. The prescriber for the purpose of establishing a treatment history for a patient or prospective patient or for the purpose of obtaining a record of prescriptions issued by that prescriber, provided the request is accompanied by the prescriber's registration number with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and attestation that the prescriber is in compliance with patient notice requirements of 18VAC76-20-70. The prescriber may delegate the submission of a request for information, provided the delegation is in compliance with § 54.1-2523.2 of the Code of Virginia. The health care professionals to whom the prescriber has authorized access to information shall be registered with the program. Requests for information made by a delegated health care professional shall be made in his own name, using his own unique identifiers assigned by the program.

3. Another regulatory authority conducting an investigation or disciplinary proceeding or making a decision on the granting of a license or certificate, provided the request is related to an allegation of a possible controlled substance violation and that it is accompanied by the signature of the chief executive officer who is authorized to certify orders or to grant or deny licenses.

4. Governmental entities charged with the investigation and prosecution of a dispenser, prescriber, or recipient participating in the Virginia Medicaid program, provided the request is accompanied by the signature of the official within the Office of the Attorney General responsible for the investigation.

5. A dispenser for the purpose of establishing a prescription history for a specific person to assist in determining the validity of a prescription, provided the request is accompanied by the dispenser's license number issued by the relevant licensing authority and an attestation that the dispenser is in compliance with patient notice requirements of 18VAC76-20-70. The dispenser may delegate the submission of a request for information, provided the delegation is in compliance with § 54.1-2523.2 of the Code of Virginia. The health care professionals to whom the dispenser has authorized access to information shall be registered with the program. Requests for information made by a delegated health care professional shall be made in his own name, using his own unique identifiers assigned by the program.

C. In each case, the request must be complete and provide sufficient information to ensure the correct identity of the prescriber, recipient, or dispenser.

D. Except as provided in subdivision B 1 of this section and § 54.1-2525 C of the Code of Virginia, the request form shall include an attestation that the prescription data will not be further disclosed and will only be used for the purposes stated in the request and in accordance with the law.

E. In order to request disclosure of information contained in the program, a designated employee of the Department of Medical Assistance Services or of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shall register with the director as an authorized agent entitled to receive reports under § 54.1-2523 C of the Code of Virginia.

1. Such request for registration shall include an attestation from the applicant's employer of the eligibility and identity of such person.

2. Registration as an agent authorized to receive reports shall expire on June 30 of each even-numbered year or at any such time as the agent leaves or alters his current employment or otherwise becomes ineligible to receive information from the program.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-2519 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 24, eff. September 10, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 19, eff. June 29, 2005; Volume 22, Issue 23, eff. August 23, 2006; Volume 25, Issue 16, eff. May 13, 2009; Volume 29, Issue 22, eff. August 15, 2013; Volume 31, Issue 4, eff. November 19, 2014; Volume 35, Issue 1, eff. October 3, 2018.

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