CEO Update CSRS Letters
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Message from the NCBON CEO

Do you prescribe Controlled Substances?

The NCBON has received multiple calls/emails from NC Prescribers regarding a letter sent by NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) about the use of the Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS; also known as PMP Aware). We are aware the email that DHHS provided is “bouncing” back. The correct email is CSRS.Utilization@dhhs.nc.gov.

Greater than 3,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have received letters from NC DHHS informing them of non-compliance with requirements for review and utilization of the CSRS prior to prescribing a targeted controlled substance from July 1 to October 1, 2021. The NCBON has received a list of these non-compliant NPs.

The NCBON is reviewing this data and will contact you if additional information is required. Please ensure a working email that you monitor regularly is listed in the Nurse Gateway | North Carolina Board of Nursing (ncbon.com) for future NCBON updates. If you believe you have been placed on this list in error, contact NC DHHS.

What are the requirements?

  • Prior to prescribing a new (to the patient) targeted controlled substance, the practitioner must query the prescription history of that patient.
  • The CSRS report should be queried and reviewed every three-months that medication is prescribed.
  • A change in medication or dose is treated as a new controlled substance and the process should start again.

NCBON information: Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) | North Carolina Board of Nursing (ncbon.com)

Link to specific legislation: GS_90-113.74C.pdf (ncleg.gov)

Regards,

Crystal Tillman, DNP, RN, CNP, FRE
Chief Executive Officer

Last Changed 27-Oct-2021

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