CALL TO ACTION!!

6/23/2014
3 HOUR CME MANDATE EVERY TWO YEARS BILL HAS PASSED SENATE; VOTE PENDING IN THE ASSEMBLY
 
View memo (pdf)

New York State physicians must take immediate action today to prevent legislation from being enacted to require physicians to take 3 hours of continuing medical education in pain management every two years.

Over the strong objections of the Academy and others in organized medicine, S. 7660, sponsored by Senators Kemp Hannon and George Maziarz, passed the Senate on June 9th.  Its companion bills A. 1124A/ A. 9878, sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal are now pending in full Assembly and could be acted on at any time.

The bill would require physicians and other prescribers to take a three hour course every two years.  Curricula would include: ISTOP and drug enforcement administration requirements for prescribing controlled substances; pain management; appropriate prescribing; managing acute pain, palliative medicine; prevention screening and signs of addiction; responses to abuse and addiction and end of life care.

Courses such as the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), or the Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies ,  or any other recognized ACCME course work on any of these topics, would not be recognized as it does not meet the curriculum stipulated under this bill.

Physicians should call their Assembly Member in Albany today at (518) 455-4100 to express your strong concerns.  Please feel free to use the Academy's memo in opposition (attached) for additional talking points and to offer to fax to your Assembly Member's office.

To find your Assembly Member, please use search function at the following website: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search

Please make these calls today.  Thank you!

 
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