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. In summary:
- For medical licensure renewals occurring in 2017 or 2018, a minimum of 2 of the 30 hours of the physician’s continuing medical education must be an MEB approved course or program relating to the MEB’s opioid prescribing guideline issued in July 2016.
- For medical licensure renewals occurring in 2019 or 2020, a minimum of 2 of the 30 hours of the physician’s continuing medical education must be an MEB approved course or program relating to the MEB’s opioid prescribing guideline issued in July 2016.
- Physicians will be able to find a list of MEB approved courses on its opioid prescribing guideline here: http://dsps.wi.gov/LicensesPermitsRegistrations/Credentialing-Division-Home-Page/Health-Professions/Physician/Physician-Continuing-Education/
- The new CME requirement does not apply to physicians who do not hold a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration number to prescribe controlled substances.
- The rule does not require the special education on opioid prescribing for renewals after 2020; however, the MEB has discretion to extend the requirement beyond 2020 through rulemaking in the future.
“There is an opioid abuse crisis in Wisconsin, and through its guideline and targeted CME rule the Medical Examining Board is taking steps to help ensure that Wisconsin physicians have access to up-to-date education on evolving opioid prescribing,” said Charles Shabino, MD, WHA chief medical officer. “Though the MEB’s action to require topic-specific education is unprecedented, WHA is pleased to see that the MEB has chosen not to make this crisis-focused education a permanent requirement.”
The MEB’s opioid prescribing guideline can be found here
Additional information about the MEB emergency rule can be found at: www.wha.org/data/sites/1/pdf/2016MEB_CMErequirement11-14.pdf
. The text of the new emergency rule can be found here: