08/25/2015

What dentists need to know about new CURES system


All dentists who are authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances must register for the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by Jan. 1, 2016. All dispensed controlled substance prescriptions are recorded in CURES, which allows prescribers to look up a patient's current controlled substance usage and past history.

CDA Update staff asked the Department of Justice about the new CURES 2.0 system and what dentists should do to register and ensure their systems are compatible.  

What do prescribers need to do before the Jan. 1, 2016, requirement to register for CURES 2.0?

Prescribers who hold a DEA Controlled Substance Registration Certificate must register to use CURES by Jan. 1, 2016.  A fully automated registration is being rolled out to prescribers with compliant browsers Sept. 1. CDA will notify members when they may begin the fully automated registration process regardless of the browser they utilize.

Prescribers do need to update or install a browser compatible with the CURES 2.0 system (Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 11.0 or greater, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome or Safari) because CURES 1.0 will eventually be discontinued.

What if a prescriber does not have a compatible browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 11.0 or greater, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome or Safari), will he/she be able to access the new system?

Prescribers will be able to continue to access CURES 1.0 until Jan. 1. However, after that date, access to CURES 2.0 will require one of the compatible browsers.

Do prescribers already registered with the current CURES system need to re-register with CURES 2.0? If so, can you explain the steps?

Re-registration will not be required. Currently registered users, when migrated to CURES 2.0, will simply be asked to reset their password and update their user profile information.

With the Jan. 1 date approaching, should dentists register now for CURES 2.0?

The CURES 2.0 system went live July 1, 2015, but is not yet available for general registration. Instead, the system is being rolled out to users in phases over the next several months, beginning with a select group of users who currently use CURES and meet the CURES 2.0 security standards, including minimum browser specifications. For users and entities not currently enrolled in CURES, further notification will be provided as to the enrollment/registration process.

Why is DOJ making a change to CURES 2.0?

DOJ is upgrading the existing CURES system in compliance with the mandates of SB 809 – it should be a major improvement to users and will offer both better response times for queries and a useful analytics engine.

 What other recommendations do you have for dentists/prescribers?

Feel free to contact DOJ with any outstanding questions at cures@doj.ca.gov or by calling 916.227.3843. For more information on CURES, visit
oag.ca.gov/cures-pdmp

Visit cda.org for updates on CURES 2.0 and watch for an announcement of the "go-live" date for new user dentist registration.



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All dentists who are authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances must register for the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by Jan. 1, 2016. In addition, the Department of Justice and the Department of Consumer Affairs recently announced that a new CURES 2.0 went live on July 1. This upgraded prescription drug monitoring program features a variety of performance improvements and added functionality.

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