In response to a 2015-2016 state budget provision that calls on health care agencies to require controlled substances prescribers to complete education in opioid prescribing, NCMB successfully pursued rule changes to establish a new CME requirement. The requirement applies to physicians and physician assistants who prescribe controlled substances of any kind.
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CME rule changes
CME information and resources
- Controlled Substances CME FAQs
- General CME FAQs
- CME logging form - licensees are NOT required to submit documentation unless requested
In Person Controlled Substances CME Opportunities
NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, courses provide one hour of CME
Low Cost (~$100)
- Southern Pain Society 33rd Annual Meeting: Integrated Pain Care: New Perspectives - New Orleans, LA (up to 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™) Sept. 13–Sept. 15, 2019 Cost: $100-$360
Online Controlled Substances CME Opportunities (Maintained as a courtesy; Not an exhaustive list)
- Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives - 2018 Update (2 hours - Medscape) (Expiration Date: 08/31/2019)
- MAHEC Project ECHO®: Behavioral Health for Chronic Pain (5-Part Video Teleconference Series) (1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per module attended) (9/5-10/10/19)
- Breaking the Cycle: Opioid Epidemic - Alternatives to Opioids in Primary Care (Expiration Date: 10/09/2019)
- Pathways to Safer Opioid Use (Expiration Date: 02/16/2020)
- SCOPE of Pain (2 hours via Boston University School of Medicine) (Expiration Date: 02/28/2020)
- Duke Opioid Module #1 - Safe Opioid Prescribing (Expiration Date: 04/30/2020)
- Duke Opioid Module #2 - Recognizing and Treating Opioid Misuse and Abuse (Expiration Date: 04/30/2020)
- Duke Opioid Module #3 - Opioids and Pain Management (Expiration Date: 04/30/2020)
- Providers Clinical Support System SUD 101 Core Curriculum - 22 online modules covering a variety of SUD topics (AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available per module taken) (Expiration date: 07/26/2022)
- Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids