Opportunities to Obtain Continuing Medical Education (CME)
on Pain Management and the Management of Opioid-Dependent Patients
Opportunities to Obtain Continuing Medical Education (CME)
on Pain Management and the Management of Opioid-Dependent Patients

On June 6, 2019, the Medical Board of California released a licensee alert on changes to the laws regarding CME. While all physicians and surgeons continue to be required to take a 12-hour CME course on pain management and the treatment of terminally ill patients, those licensed ON or AFTER January 1, 2019 will need to ensure that course includes content on the risks of addiction associated with the use of Schedule II drugs.

An alternative to a 12-hour course is completion of one-time 12-hour course on the treatment and management of opioid-dependent patients, including eight hours of training in buprenorphine treatment or other similar medicinal treatment for opioid use disorders to take the place of the existing CME pain management requirement. Physicians must complete this requirement within four years of initial licensure. Pathologists and radiologists are exempt.


The online resources listed below offer free CME activities on pain management and the management of opioid-dependent patients.

Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS)

PCSS is a program funded by the SAHMSA created to train primary care providers in the evidence-based prevention and treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and treatment of chronic pain. PCSS offers an 8-hour online buprenorphine waiver training. http://learning.pcssnow.org/p/onlinematwaiver

Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE) of Pain

SCOPE of Pain offers a wider series of CME training modules designed to promote safe and effective acute and chronic pain management. http://www.scopeofpain.org/core-curriculum/online-training/

American College of Physicians (ACP) - SAFE Opioid Prescribing Course a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)

The SAFE Opioid Prescribing Course offered by the ACP is 3.5 hour CME activity consisting of 6 modules. A focus of the course is on safe pain management when prescribing extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioids. https://www.continuingcertification.org/activity/safe-opioid-prescribing-strategies-assessment-fundamentals-education/

Harvard Medical School (HMS) Opioid Use Disorder Education Program

HMS offers three 8-hour courses: Understanding Addiction; Identification, Counseling, and Treatment of OUD; and Collaborative Care Approaches for Management of OUD. The second and third courses are eligible for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) waivers for NPs and PAs. https://postgraduateeducation.hms.harvard.edu/cme-online/courses-programs/psychiatry

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

ASAM offers a variety of online CME activities. https://www.asam.org/education/live-online-cme


The online resources listed below offer paid CME activities on pain management and the management of opioid-dependent patients.

California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM)

CSAM has several online CME activities. http://cme.csam-asam.org

Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS)

PCSS offers an online 20 CME credit course on substance use disorders. https://pcssnow.org/

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

APA has several online courses on substance use disorders. http://education.psychiatry.org/Users/ProductDetails.aspx?ActivityID=6273 http://education.psychiatry.org/Users/ProductDetails.aspx?ActivityID=664

The APA also offers a book training option, which provides 8 hours of training for reading "Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder, Second Edition" watching case studies, and taking an online quiz: https://www.appi.org/Office-Based_Buprenorphine_Treatment_of_Opioid_Use_Disorder_Second_Edition?SKU=37170


 

This list was created on 7/11/19  and revised on 10/16/19.  If there are errors please email: dphcme@ph.lacounty.gov