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New Continuing Medical Education Requirement in Effect

Wednesday, November 16, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The following is an announcement from the Department of Safety and Professional Services.


The Department of Safety and Professional Services has taken another step in fighting opioid abuse in Wisconsin, announcing an emergency rule requiring physicians to obtain continuing education relating to prescribing opioids.

 

“The requirement is one component of a comprehensive statewide strategy to address prescription drug abuse in the best interest of public health and safety,” said MEB Chair Kenneth Simons.

 

The emergency rule requires physicians who hold a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration number for prescribing controlled substances to obtain two credits of Continuing Medical Education (CME) on the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board’s (MEB) opioid prescribing guideline. The courses will relate to the guideline which was issued by the Board in July 2016.

 

“In addition to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, I am proud of the Department for continuing to implement new ways to help fight this dangerous epidemic in Wisconsin,” said Secretary Dave Ross.

 

The emergency rule does not require additional hours of CME; rather the new two-credit requirement is part of the 30 credit total that is required of physicians to renew their licenses. The rule is in effect for the current CME biennium and another two credits of CME on the guideline will be required in the next biennium. The MEB will then have the ability to extend the rule.

 

The full announcement can be found below.


On November 10, 2016, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board’s (MEB) emergency rule relating to continuing medical education (CME) on its opioid prescribing guideline became effective. The rule requires two CME credits per biennium for at minimum the next two times you will renew your license. The courses will relate to the guideline, which was issued by the MEB in July 2016. The requirement is one component of a comprehensive statewide strategy to address prescription drug abuse in the best interest of public health and safety.

This emergency rule does not require additional hours of CME. The new two credit requirement is part of the 30 credit total, not an addition to the total. The purpose of the rule is to require that a portion of the CME requirement relates specifically to the opioid prescribing guideline.

This rule is in effect for the current CME Biennium and another two credits of CME on the guideline will be required in the next CME biennium.

This rule does NOT apply to a physician who, at the time of making application for a certificate of registration, does not hold a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration number to prescribe controlled substances.

Failure to comply with the requirement may result in discipline.

What do I need to do as a Physician to fulfill this requirement?

  1. Visit the Continuing Education page for physicians on the Department of Safety and Professional Services website.

  2. A link to the approved courses will be provided; choose which course you would like to participate in and contact the provider to enroll.

  3. Upon completion, the provider will grant a certificate of completion. Be sure to keep this certificate in the event you are audited.

What is the process to provide an approved course?

  1. Fill out the form provided on the Department of Safety and Professional Services website and return all required information to Peter Schramm at DSPS.

  2. DSPS will then send your program application to the Medical Examining Board who will approve, deny, or request more information (to avoid delay of your course approval, please make sure that all required information listed on the form is submitted initially).

  3. Once your program has been approved, you will receive an approval letter from the Medical Examining Board, granting you the ability to begin providing the course.page1image24576

If you have questions, please call the Department of Safety and Professional Services at 608-266-2112.