Composite Board amends opioid prescribing requirement 

 
The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) has amended a ruling that it issued that is related to the opioid prescribing CME that will be required for physicians who prescribe controlled substances in the state to renew their medical license beginning in 2018 as a result of H.B. 249. 
 
The updated GCMB ruling says that, “(4) Effective January 1, 2018, every physician not subject to Rule 360-15-.01(3) who maintains an active DEA certificate and prescribes controlled substances, except those holding a residency training permit, shall complete at least one time three or more hours of AMA/AOA PRA Category 1 CME that is designed specifically to address controlled substance prescribing practices. The controlled substance prescribing CME shall include instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management. Any controlled substances prescribing guidelines coursework taken within two years of [the physician’s] last renewal will count toward this requirement. Completion of this requirement may count as three hours toward the CME requirement for license renewal.” 
 
In a related development, the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is offering a free online ‘Safe RX Opioid’ course for physicians (including non-members) that offers “3.5 CME credits and 3.5 MOC points.” Go to www.gaacp.org or call 770.965.7606 with questions.    
 
Click for Georgia/ACP ‘Safe RX Opioid’ course
 
Click for MAG’s H.B. 249 Fact Sheet