Prescriber Education Program
What is the Prescriber Education Program?
The Prescriber Education program, a Medicaid pharmacy initiative within the Fiscal Year 2008-2009 State Health Budget, is a partnership between the Department of Health and several academic institutions and provides prescribers with an evidence based, non-commercial source of the latest objective information about pharmaceuticals. NYS Medicaid has formed a joint venture with the State University of New York (SUNY) Medical and Pharmacy campuses, as well as the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Harvard Medical School.
What is the goal of the program?
The goal of the program is to optimize the quality of care for New York State Medicaid beneficiaries by providing clinicians with the most current information on best practices in pharmaceuticals and therapeutics. There are two main components to the Prescriber Education program. The first component, the "core curriculum" is accessible to Medicaid clinicians statewide via the training links shown below. The materials found on the training sites were developed by DOH, OMH, and Medicaid's academic partners. The second component of the prescriber program is statewide on-site educational sessions. These sessions will take place in clinics and physicians' offices. This component will involve a combination of educational materials, phone conversations, and face-to-face visits by academic clinical pharmacists (PharmD's) from SUNY Medical and Pharmacy campuses.
Training materials developed or adapted by SUNY will be accessible through a web server at Stony Brook University:
On-line Training Links:
Training for Bronchiolitis:
Training for Diabetes:
Treating Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a New York State Medicaid Clinical Guidance Document
Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit
Training for Asthma:
NYS Consensus Asthma Guidelines "Clinical Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Management of Adults and Children with Asthma - 2009"
Asthma in the Primary Care Practice
Training for Hypertension:
Hypertension in Diverse Populations: a New York State Medicaid Clinical Guidance Document
Training videos and CME courses regarding psychotropic prescribing
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Department of Health (DOH) are now offering Web-based Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses as part of a continuing effort to improve psychotropic prescribing practices. Maximum accreditation is 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits for the youth course, and 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 credit each for the adult cardiometabolic and for the psychotropic poypharmacy courses.
Training videos and CME courses are available on-line at:
Cardiometablic (Youth): https://psyckesmedicaid.omh.state.ny.us/Common/CardiometabolicYouth.aspx
Cardiometabolic (Adult): https://psyckesmedicaid.omh.state.ny.us/Common/CardiometabolicAdult.aspx
Psychotropic Polypharmacy: https://psyckesmedicaid.omh.state.ny.us/Common/PolypharmacyCME.aspx
Contact Info:David F. Lehmann, MD, PharmD (contact)
Medical Director, NYPEP
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
SUNY Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street - CWB 330
Syracuse, New York 13210
Program Coordinator: Niki Sullivan:
Phone: (315) 464-5365
FAX: (315) 464-5378