Due to the misuse and abuse of opioid prescriptions and forging of prescriptions, the federal DEA has mandated the use of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) to discourage patients from "shopping" for doctors and put a halt to the overprescribing of opioids. Through EPCS, providers can easily prescribe Schedule II-V controlled substances and non-controlled prescriptions.

State Mandatory Requirement

Maryland Code Ann., Health General, Section 21-220, requires an authorized prescriber to issue all prescriptions for a controlled substance electronically.

What Do New Providers* Need to Do?

  • Be sure you have received and notified the Medical Staff Office of your DEA and CDS registration numbers. The DEA should reflect a Maryland address (you are not able to enroll until both are issued) Not Applicable for Residents/Fellows
  • Plan your visit to the Medical Staff Office
  • Download Imprivata ID from the Apple App or Google Play store prior to arrival
  • Bring a government issued ID (Driver's License, Passport)

*Already enrolled but have a new phone? You will also need to come to the Medical Staff Office to enroll it.

Enrollment Available

Downtown Campus

  • Hours: 7:30 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday (excluding holidays)
  • Location: Medical Staff Services, 110 S Paca Street, 8th Floor
  • Contact: Medicalstaffoffice@umm.edu with questions

Midtown Campus

  • Hours: 8 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday (excluding holidays)
  • Location: Medical Staff Office, 1st floor near coffee kiosk
  • Contact: Midtown-MSO@umm.edu with questions

No appointment needed — enrollment should take about five minutes.