Prescription Monitoring Program:

Prescription Monitoring Program:

Created on: Monday, January 18, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

Inside ME's Medicine Cabinet:

What Prescription Monitoring Can Tell Us About Prescribers & Patients

The Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) can be used to improve patient care by showing data trends on unsolicited threshold reports, controlled substance prescribing including tranquilizers, stimulants, and opioids. Use of the PMP web portal along with new PMP features will be identified. This session will also review prescribing trends in opioids, and specifically buprenorphine, along with trends in sedatives, benzodiazepines and stimulants.  The program will also discuss how Diversion Alert compliments the PMP. The program will also include the prescribing guidelines that the greater Bangor medical community has agreed to implement community-wide by March 1, 2016.

DATE:                       Wednesday, January 20, 2016        

TIME:                        5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

LOCATION:             DoubleTree by Hilton, 363 Maine Mall Road, South Portland, ME 04106

REGISTRATION:     $25 (Includes Dinner and 3 CME Credits)

This program is made possible through a grant by the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services



5:00 – 5:30 PM           REGISTRATION AND DINNER

5:30 – 5:45                  Introductions and Opening Comments

                                                Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine Medical Association

5:45 - 6:15                  Diversion Alert Program

                                                Clare Desrosier, MSW

6:15 - 6:50                  The Prescription Monitoring Program

                                                John Lipovsky, PMP Coordinator

6:50 - 7:30                  Inside Maine’s Medicine Cabinet

                                                 Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP

7:30 – 8:30                  Substance Abuse Interventions – Responses from the Addicted

                                                Karen Simone, Pharm D., Northern New England Poison Control

8:30                             Closing Comments

                                                Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine Medical Association


John Lipovsky, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

John Lipovsky is the Coordinator of the Prescription Monitoring Program. He joined the Maine Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services in early September, 2012. He has been working to familiarize himself with the PMP as well as the numerous related programs in Maine and across the country. Mr. Lipovsky is currently nearing the finish of earning a Master's degree in Public Policy and Management with a dual track of study in Financial Management and Policy Analysis. He has also completed graduate certificates in Applied Research & Evaluation Methods and, Performance Measurement all from the Muskie School of Public Service in Southern Maine. His professional background is mainly in grant administration, accounting and finance.

Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine Medical Association

Gordon Smith, Esq., graduated from the University of Maine with highest distinction in 1973 and from the Boston College Law School magna cum laude in 1976. A native of Winthrop, Maine, Mr. Smith was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Maine in 1976 and in the federal courts in 1978. After four years of private practice in Augusta, he joined the Maine Medical Association as General Counsel in 1981. He is a past Chairman of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, a nationwide group of 140 attorneys representing medical associations. Mr. Smith also served as Chairman of the American Medical Association/State Medical Society Litigation Center and as Chairman of the Maine Health Data Organization. He currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Advocacy Resource Center of the American Medical Association. A frequent lecturer to medical groups on various medical-legal subjects, Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President of the Maine Medical Association since September 1993. 

Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP, Husson University School of Pharmacy

Stephanie Nichols joined Husson University School of Pharmacy in August 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After graduation, Dr. Nichols completed a Hospital Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland Maine. She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP), a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, a member of the College of Neurologic and Psychiatric Pharmacists, and a brother of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Clare Desrosier, MSW, Diversion Alert

Clare Desrosiers graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Providence College in 2002 and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maine in 2006. Since 2006, she spent six years as Project Director for a substance abuse prevention coalition in Aroostook County, which launched the Diversion Alert Program in 2009 in Aroostook County and in 2011 in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock counties. In January, 2013, Clare became Program Director for the Maine Diversion Alert Program, a resource that is now available to prescribers and pharmacists in all Maine counties. Clare co-owns Sunnyside Family Farm, LLC, with her husband, Joseph, where they raise six children, all-natural chicken and u-pick blueberries.

Karen Simone, PharmD, Northern New England Poison Control Center

Dr. Karen Simone is the director of the NNEPC. She is a doctor of pharmacy, a Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology. Dr. Simone oversees the day-to-day operations of the poison center, including management of calls, emergency preparedness activities, staff education, educational outreach, research and funding.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association’s Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) to practicing physicians.


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