APPROPRIATE USE OF K-TRACS

CAN I PRINT A K-TRACS PATIENT REPORT?

No. K.S.A. 65-1687 prohibits the storage of K-TRACS data outside the online database. Providers are encouraged to seek EMR integration or use a delegate to help facilitate review of the patient report in lieu of printing.

CAN I SAVE A K-TRACS PATIENT REPORT TO MY HEALTH RECORDS SYSTEM?

No. K.S.A. 65-1687 prohibits the storage of K-TRACS data outside the online database. Providers are encouraged to document review of the report — and any conversation that was had with the patient regarding the report — in the patient's chart, but the report cannot be stored in individual medical records.

CAN I DISCUSS A K-TRACS REPORT WITH MY PATIENT?

Yes. Providers are encouraged to discuss K-TRACS reports with patients to educate them about how they use K-TRACS in their clinical decision-making. If the report highlights any concerns, these should be discussed with the patient.

Providers should not provide a copy of the report to the patient — the patient can request a copy directly from K-TRACS.

CAN I USE K-TRACS TO SEARCH FOR ANYONE OTHER THAN MY PATIENTS?

No. K-TRACS should only be used for the medical and pharmaceutical care of a patient or a prospective patient. Providers may use K-TRACS to search for patients requesting admission to their practice and/or seeking to transfer medications to their pharmacy for the first time.

Never use K-TRACS to search for anyone is not a patient under your care, including prospective employees, family members or yourself.

CAN I USE A K-TRACS REPORT TO DENY ACCESS TO OR DISMISS A PATIENT FROM MY PRACTICE?

No. Providers should not use K-TRACS on its own to make any clinical decision. Providers should not use a K-TRACS patient report as the basis for denying a patient admission to their practice or to dismiss a patient from their practice. Other clinical tools should be consulted before making these decisions.

K-TRACS is one clinical tool at the disposal of healthcare providers. It should be consulted in tandem with many other tools to make the best clinical decision for the patient.

CAN I USE A HIGH SCORE ON A K-TRACS PATIENT REPORT TO DENY CARE TO A PATIENT?

No. Providers should not use any single element on the K-TRACS patient report to deny access to care. Providers should take into consideration all clinical tools at their disposal to make the best clinical decision for the patient.

Risk scores displayed on the K-TRACS patient report are meant to alert providers of potentially risky use of controlled substances. The scores should not be used as the sole source of a clinical decision.