Pain Management/Opioid Requirement
Section 9.1(a) of ABC-MAP* requires that all prescribers or dispensers, as defined in Section 3 of ABC-MAP, applying for licensure/approval complete at least 4 hours of Board-approved education consisting of 2 hours in pain management or the identification of addiction and 2 hours in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. Applicants seeking licensure/approval on or after July 1, 2017 must document, within one year from issuance of the licensure/approval, that they completed this education either as part of an initial education program, a stand-alone course from a Board-approved course provider, or a continuing education course from an approved continuing education provider. The 4 hours of Board-approved education needs to be completed only once. See the Board’s website for the Opioid Education forms and additional information.
Section 9.1(a)(2) of ABC-MAP* requires that all prescribers or dispensers, as defined in Section 3 of ABC-MAP, complete at least two hours of continuing education in pain management, the identification of addiction or in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids as a portion of the total continuing education required. The required continuing education is part of the total required and must be taken from a Board-approved continuing education provider.
Click here to access PAFP’s current line-up of online education that meets this mandate. (more CME webcasts coming soon)
Act 31 training: Click here to access all current available programs to meet your Act 31 mandate before the end of the year.
Both Opioid/Pain Management AND Act 31 Child Abuse CME must be completed every licensure period.
CME Requirements - General Information
PAFP members must comply with various CME requirements for state licensure, AAFP/PAFP membership and board certification. Follow these links for details on each requirement:
Patient safety/risk management CME 12 credit hours in the areas of patient safety or risk management (either Category 1 or Category 2) are required to renew licensure. The following list of topics will satisfy the patient safety/risk management requirement:
- Improving medical records and record keeping
- Reducing medical errors
- Professional conduct and ethics
- Improving communication among physicians and with other health care personnel
- Communication between physicians and patients
- Preventive medicine education
- Health care quality improvement
As long as the CME activity falls within these topics, you can count it toward the patient safety/risk management requirement. The course does not have to state (and very likely may not) that it is a patient safety or risk management course.
How to report your CME for PAFP webcasts to the AAFP:
- In the CME Center, click “Self-Study - I studied on my own”
- Click “No” because the self-study was not an AAFP-produced activity
- Click the "continue" button
- Enter the date you completed the activity
- Leave the Activity Title box empty
- Enter “Pennsylvania AFP” in the CME Provider box
- Unless specifically stated, our programs are NOT “Performance Improvement in Practice” or “Point of Care” – leave both boxes unchecked
- Click "search"
- Click the appropriate box in the search results – a full list of PAFP webcasts will appear
Pennsylvania Department of State Resources
State Board of Medicine & Osteopathic Medicine Renewal Guide
Physician and Surgeon Common Application Discrepancies
Supervising Physician Common Application Discrepancies