Prescriber Tool Project

Project Overview

The Department is implementing the Prescriber Tool, a multifunctional platform that will be accessible to prescribers through most electronic health record (EHR) systems.  The goals of the Prescriber Tool project are to help improve health outcomes, reduce administrative burdens for prescribers and better manage prescription drug costs.  The Prescriber Tool will achieve these goals by providing patient-specific information to prescribers at the point of care. 

The Prescriber Tool is being implemented in modules which will provide different types of patient information or functionalities. The opioid risk module will be implemented first and is anticipated to be operational in January 2021.  The Department expects additional modules will be implemented by Summer 2021, including a module that will provide real-time patient-specific pharmacy benefit information. Once operational, the cost to prescribers for accessing the Prescriber Tool will vary depending on the specific module(s) and EHR utilized.

Opioid Risk Module

The Department has contracted with OpiSafe to administer an opioid risk module which will help prescribers prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids and benzodiazepines.  The module will provide the following:

  • Easy access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) data, 
  • Identification of risks related to opioid misuse,
  • Access to clinical guidelines, and
  • Tools for overdose prevention.

Please note: The primary focus of this tool is to impact the Medicaid population; however the license will also enable prescribers to utilize the opioid risk module for ALL patients.

Open Access License Program

In order to access the opioid risk module, each user must have an individual license. To facilitate the rapid adoption of the module, the Department will be awarding a limited number of user licenses free of charge to qualified Medicaid prescribers. The subsidized license will be valid for one year, thereafter prescribers will need to pay an annual license fee to OpiSafe.  Please note, the Department is unable to assist with any EHR-related costs (if applicable) for accessing the opioid risk module.

The Department is partnering directly with the organizations listed below in order to efficiently review license requests:

  • If you are affiliated with one of these organizations, please contact OpiSafe at HOLA@opisafe.com and they will direct your request to the correct entity:
    • Denver Health, SCL, Valley View Hospital, HealthOne Hospitals, and Banner Health System
  • If you are a member of one of these organizations, please contact the following for more information regarding access:

All other prescribers may request a subsidized license through an online application which can be accessed through the link at the bottom of this page.  Practices, clinics, etc., with multiple prescribers should submit one online request which lists your prescribers by NPI number. 

Minimum Selection Criteria

To be considered for a subsidized license through the online application, prescriber(s) must at a minimum: 

  • Be an enrolled Medicaid provider with prescriptive authority,
  • Not be a member of the Colorado Hospital Association or the Colorado Pain Society, 
  • Not be affiliated to the following hospital system(s): Denver Health, SCL, Valley View Hospital, HealthOne Hospitals, and Banner Health System; and 
  • You or your practice must use one of the following EHR applications:
    • Allscripts Pro
    • Allscripts Touchworks
    • Athenahealth
    • CareCloud
    • Cerner
    • Drchrono
    • Epic
    • Meditech

Open Access License Program Online Application

The online application for the Open Access License Program will be available from January 2, 2021, through March 1, 2021, or until all subsidized licenses have been awarded. Please APPLY HERE.

You will receive an automated message if you are not eligible to apply, and you will receive an email if you are approved or denied. 

Please contact the Department at hcpf_Colorado.SMAC@state.co.us with any questions.