OCSA Continuing Education Requirement

Continuing Education Requirement

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has been established by the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) to support health care providers and their patients in the safe and effective use of prescription drugs. In addition to the PDMP, other resources exist to support the safe and effective use of controlled substances to manage pain.
Effective October 1, 2018, all providers who are applying for a new or renewal registration to dispense or prescribe controlled dangerous substances (CDS) from OCSA must attest to the completion of 2 hours of continuing education (CE) in prescribing or dispensing of controlled substances: OCSA CE Requirement​. The CE course must be either recognized by the authorized provider’s professional board, or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. This mandate is met after attesting to the completion of the required CE.

To support CDS prescribers in completing this requirement, and in supporting health care providers and their patients in the safe and effective use of prescription drugs, please find below online CE opportunities:

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive training that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. In this training, participants will learn how to: 
  • Apply health literacy strategies to help patients understand how to prevent opioid-related adverse drug events
  • Identify risk factors, opioid medications, and interactions that increase people’s risk for opioid-related adverse events
  • Use a multidisciplinary, team-based approach for treating patients with chronic pain
  • Combine the principles of the Health Literate Care Model and the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management through case study examples.

APHA offers a free 1 CME credit when providers take the physician portion of the training, and complete the post-test with a passing score of at least 70%.

To take the Pathways to Safer Opioid Use training, go to: https://health.gov/hcq/training-pathways.asp​

​Scope of Pain

Scope of Pain is a series of continuing medical education activities designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. The online educational program will help participants safely and competently use opioids, if appropriate, to manage your patients with chronic pain. In this training, participants will learn how to: 
  • Decide on appropriateness of opioid analgesics
  • Assess for opioid misuse risk
  • Counsel patients about opioid safety, risks, and benefits
  • Competently monitor patients prescribed opioids for benefit and harm
  • Make decisions on continuing or discontinuing opioid analgesics
  • Safely discontinue opioids when there is too little benefit or too much risk and harm

Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. In order to receive credit, participants must view the content of each module and complete the post-test and evaluation for both modules. Participants who receive a grade of 70% or greater on both post-tests will receive credit. BOTH modules must be completed in order to earn your online certificate of credit.

To take the Scope of Pain training, go to: https://www.scopeofpain.org/​

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids Interactive Training Series
The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain provides recommendations for safer and more effective prescribing of opioids for chronic pain in patients 18 and older in outpatient settings outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. This interactive online training series aims to help healthcare providers apply CDC’s recommendations in clinical settings through patient scenarios, videos, knowledge checks, tips, and resources. Providers can gain a better understanding of the recommendations, the risks and benefits of prescription opioids, non-opioid treatment options, patient communication, and risk mitigation. 
Each stand-alone module is self-paced and offers free continuing education credit. Modules include: 
  • Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Recommendation from CDC (1.0 CME)
  • Treating Chronic Pain Without Opioids (0.75 CME)
  • Communicating with Patients (0.75 CME)
  • Reducing the Risks of Opioids (1.0 CME)
  • Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder (1.0 CME)

To take the CDC interactive online trainings, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/training/online-training.html

NIDA Continuing Education Opportunities

NIDAMED’s mission is to disseminate science-based resources to health professionals on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction, and advances in pain management. NIDEMED has created a list of continuing education opportunities covering the following topics: opioids, opioid overdose, opioid prescribing and pain, adolescent-focused, and general. Many of the opportunities listed are free. 

To review the continuing education opportunities organized by NIDAMED, go to: https://www.drugabuse.gov/nidamed-medical-health-professionals/cmece-activities#prescribing​​