InforMed Mailing - Opioid CME Requirement

April 11, 2017

NHMS has received a number of phone calls regarding a mailing from InforMed announcing its opioid-prescribing CME course.

This is a legitimate mailing. The InforMed course was recently added to the NH Board of Medicine's approved course listing. Please note that you are welcome to choose any combination of courses from that list, equaling three credit hours, so if the InforMed course does not spark your interest, there are other options.  

Most callers were surprised by the new CME requirement, so please help spread the word about that rule, which went into effect September 1, 2016, and applies to physicians reporting CME for the 2016-2017 reporting cycle and thereafter.

NH RSA 318-B:40 Competency Requirements. All prescribers required to register with the program who possess a United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license number shall complete 3 contact hours of free appropriate prescriber's regulatory board-approved online continuing education or pass an online examination, in the area of pain management and addiction disorder or a combination, as a condition for initial licensure and license renewal. Verification of successful completion of the examination or of the required continuing education shall be submitted to the prescriber's regulatory board with the licensee's application for initial licensure or renewal. A list of the prescriber's regulatory boards' approved continuing education courses and online examinations in pain management and addiction disorder, shall be available on the office of professional licensure and certification's Internet website.