HOW PRESCRIBERS USE K-TRACS

Using K-TRACS can help inform clinical decisions as you work to improve patient safety and promote community health.

K-TRACS patient data should be used in combination with a patient's health history and other factors to assist with clinical decision-making.

Prescribers should check K-TRACS before prescribing controlled substances to ensure patient safety and avoid overlapping prescriptions or duplicating prescriptions from other prescribers. You can also assess any concerning prescription drug patterns.

YOUR PRESCRIBING HISTORY

Prescriber E-Recap (PERx) is a quarterly snapshot of your prescribing practices regarding controlled substances. With this report, you can compare your prescribing history to other providers in your specialty, see aggregate patient data and monitor K-TRACS usage among your delegates.

PRESCRIBER USAGE OF K-TRACS

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Three-fourths of K-TRACS users are prescribers and their delegates. The number of active prescriber users, including delegates, has increased by 69% from 2016 to 2019.

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Nearly half of patient searches were completed by prescribers and their delegates in 2019. The number of patient searches completed by prescribers and their delegates has increased 177% from 2016 to 2019.

PRESCRIBING RESOURCES

View a variety of prescribing resources and best practices from CDC, CMS and other regulatory agencies. Review relevant resources with all prescribers in your practice or department to ensure consistency in prescribing.

SCREENING RESOURCES

The most effective screening tool for substance use disorders is SBIRT, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment.

The screening quickly assesses the risk of a substance use disorder and identifies the appropriate level of treatment. The brief intervention focuses on patients understanding their substance use, health impact and motivations for behavior change. The referral provides patients with access to appropriate specialty care.

These resources can help you get started implementing SBIRT into your practice:

IMPLEMENT THE PROVIDER TOOLKIT

K-TRACS has developed a toolkit for healthcare providers to implement in their practices to help patients understand why and how you use K-TRACS as well as the importance of medication safety. You choose the materials that work best for your practice and your patients.