Five Ways You Can Meet the State’s New CME Licensing Requirements

The state Board of Registration in Medicine notified physicians this week of new regulations that require them to complete CME courses in pain management and end of life care during the license renewal or obtaining a new license.

Pain management: Effective Feb. 1, physicians who prescribe controlled substances (Schedules I through VI) must complete at least three credits of education and training in pain management and opioid education.

MMS and the Boston University School of Medicine offer two courses to help physicians fulfill that requirement:

End-of-life care: Also effective Feb. 1, all physicians seeking a new or renewed license must take two CME credits in end of life care. The credits can qualify as either category 1 or category 2, and may be counted as risk management credits.

The MMS offers three online courses to fulfill this requirement:

The pain management education requirement was created by the Legislature in statute enacted in 2010. In public testimony, the MMS unsuccessfully opposed that requirement.

Mandatory education in end-of-life care was imposed by the Board of Registration in Medicine (BRM) following the recommendation of a special commission. It was not a legislative mandate, and the MMS opposed the inclusion of this condition for licensure based solely on the BRM’s perception of the significance of the issue.

BRM Executive Director Stancel Riley, MD, is scheduled to meet the MMS Board of Trustees in March to discuss these and other new licensing regulations.



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