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.

Academic Partners:

SUNY

Training materials developed or adapted by SUNY will be accessible through a web server at Stony Brook University:
http://nypep.nysdoh.suny.edu/home

On-line Training Links:

Training for Bronchiolitis:

RSV Bronchiolitis
http://nypep.nysdoh.suny.edu/rsvintroduction

Training for Diabetes:

Treating Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a New York State Medicaid Clinical Guidance Document
http://nypep.nysdoh.suny.edu/diabetes/paper

Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit
http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/conditions/diabetes/toolkit_descriptions.htm

Training for Asthma:

NYS Consensus Asthma Guidelines "Clinical Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Management of Adults and Children with Asthma"

http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/asthma/pdf/asthma_guidelines.pdf

Asthma in the Primary Care Practice
http://nypep.nysdoh.suny.edu/asthma

Training for Hypertension:

Hypertension in Diverse Populations: a New York State Medicaid Clinical Guidance Document
http://nypep.nysdoh.suny.edu/hypertension/title

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 Information

Program Coordinator: Niki Sullivan:
e-mail: sullivaa@upstate.edu
Phone: (315) 464-5365
FAX: (315) 464-5378