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State-mandated opioid prescribing CME deadline is Dec. 31

Wisconsin-licensed physicians who have not yet completed an approved course on responsible opioid prescribing must do so by Dec. 31.

In late 2016, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) approved a rule requiring most physicians to complete two continuing medical education (CME) credits on its opioid prescribing guideline during the current CME cycle, as well as two credits in the next cycle—Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019.

The next license renewal deadline is Oct. 31, 2017, for MDs and Feb. 28, 2018, for DOs. Upon renewal, physicians must attest to completing the required opioid prescribing CME by Dec. 31, 2017. All physicians should maintain a record of their participation; however, documentation is required only in the event of an audit. More information about the MEB requirement, including answers to frequently asked questions and a list of all approved courses, is available here.

The Wisconsin Medical Society webinar “Wisconsin Medical Examining Board Opioid Prescribing Guideline,” fulfills this requirement and also has been approved for Maintenance of Certification Part II points. Presented by Society member Michael McNett, MD, a pain management physician at Aurora Health Care, the webinar comes very highly rated from the more than 1,500 physicians and other prescribers who have completed the program.

“Doctor McNett presents the program in such a way that the rationale behind the guideline is clearly delineated with examples from actual practice, which makes understanding and following the guideline a ‘piece of cake’,” said Bud Chumbley, MD, chief medical advisor for Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings. “I thought I knew a fair amount about opioids until I took this course. I highly recommend it.”

Click here for more information about this and other webinars that are part of the Society’s “Improving Opioid Prescribing” series.

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