Pain Management Palliative Care and Addiction Course

New York ACEP developed emergency physician directed webinars to assist members in meeting the New York State requirement for three hours of CME in Pain Management and Palliative Care. Online access to the webinars is available to members for free.

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By July 1, 2017, every physician and prescriber who has a DEA registration will need to complete three hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care and addiction. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature passed the measure in June 2016 as part of a comprehensive package to combat opioid abuse that also included extensive new requirements on health insurers to cover needed treatments.

The Department of Health Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) has indicated that, for at least the first year, prescribers would simply need to "attest" that they have taken a CME course that includes all the components. This attestation will most likely be done electronically through the Health Commerce System and you will be required to login to the HCS web site (same login as I-STOP) by July 1 and attest to your completion of the education.

The statute specifically requires that prescribers need course work in the following:

·        state and federal requirements for prescribing controlled substances;

·        pain management;

·        appropriate prescribing;

·        managing acute pain;

·        palliative medicine;

·        prevention, screening and signs of addiction;

·        response to abuse and addiction;

·        end of life care

Prescribers must complete course work or training in all eight topics. The topics may be covered by a single, comprehensive presentation or by multiple individual presentations for a total of at least three hours. Depending on the presentations, it may take longer than three hours to complete all eight required topic areas.

Prescribers must attest to their own completion of the course work or training. For medical residents who prescribe under a facility's DEA registration number, however, the facility must make such attestation.

For the initial attestation deadline of July 1, 2017, applicable course work or training completed from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2017, is allowed. For each and every subsequent attestation period, course work or training must be completed during the applicable attestation period.

Prescribers licensed on or after July 1, 2017, who have a DEA registration, as well as medical residents prescribing controlled substances under a facility DEA registration, shall complete the course work or training within one year of registration and once within each three-year period thereafter.

Documentation of the completion of the course work or training must be maintained by the prescriber for a minimum of six (6) years from the date of the applicable attestation deadline for audit purposes. Documentation must include the course work or training provider name, course work or training name, location it occurred, date it occurred, and number of hours completed for each.

In certain limited circumstances, the Department may grant an exemption to the required course work or training to an individual prescriber who clearly demonstrates to the Department that there is no need to complete such training.

For more information on the mandatory prescriber education requirement of PHL § 3309-a(3), the attestation form and Frequently Asked Questions, visit the Department's Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement website at: http://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/narcotic/ or call: 1-866-811-7957