A Missouri task force overseeing the creation of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program has hired a former state health department veteran to serve as the program’s executive director. .
Dean Linneman, the former director of the Department of Health and Senior Services’ Regulatory and Licensing Division, was hired on April 1. He will assume the role in two weeks with an annual salary of $100,000, said Office of Administration spokesman Chris Moreland.
The Joint Oversight Working Group for Prescription Drug Oversight, which was established under a law signed last yearis made up of six medical professionals and selected Linneman in a closed-door meeting held late last month.
In the role of executive director, Linneman will work with the task force to oversee the creation of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, or PDMP, that will allow doctors and pharmacists to track patient prescriptions. This includes selecting a vendor to collect and distribute information and apply for program grants.
Linneman last worked for DHSS in 2020, according to the State Accountability Portal. As a former director of DHSS’s Regulatory and Licensing Division, Linneman oversaw the licensing and inspection of health care facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals and abortion providers and the the state’s time-critical diagnostic program, which ensures that patients experiencing events such as trauma or stroke receive emergency medical care. care.
Missouri was the last state in the nation to establish a statewide PDMP last year after efforts to do so were met with years of resistance, such as worries about security and privacy issues. Proponents have pointed to it as a necessary tool that will help reduce opioid abuse, with prescription data eventually to be reported in real time.
Once established, the statewide PDMP will replace a local PDMP program run by St. Louis County.