Physician CME Requirements:
**Note: NHMS is upgrading to a new CME reporting system. Physicians due to renew June 30, 2023, will be sent reporting instructions in November 2022 once the new system has launched.
CME records are tracked at the NHMS for all physicians in the state, and reports are filed with the Board of Medicine so that physician licenses are kept current.
Some of the basic information you need to know is as follows:
- CME is computed for a two-year cycle based on when you originally received your license.
- The cycle years are calendar years, from January 1 of the first year to December 31 of the second year.
- The credits fall into two groups; Category 1 and 2. The state requires 100 credits over the two-year period: 40 credits must be Category 1 and the remaining 60 may be either Category 1 or Category 2.
- Category 1 includes credits that you attend classes or take tests to obtain. Whatever the process, you will receive a certificate stating the number of approved Category 1 credits, the institution that provided the credits and a date. Copies of these certificates must be submitted for credit to be approved. Physicians should keep original CME certificates for a minimum of six (6) years.
- Category 2 includes self-learning experiences, such as journal reading, use of audiovisual educational materials, seminars that do not qualify for Category 1, teaching or book or paper writing.
- There are some equivalents such as receiving a PRA or long-term board certificate. Annual recertification (MOC) with a specific number of credits may be used for Category 1 credits as designated. Licensees who show proof of being up to date on a program of maintenance of certification shall be considered to have completed their CME requirement for the preceding two years, aside from the opioid CME requirement for those physicians with a NH DEA license.
- Accredited residency/fellowship programs qualify for 50 Category 1 credits per year. Please bear in mind that the CME reporting is a calendar-year cycle, so it frequently does not line up with the school year cycle of residency/fellowship programs, and supplementation may be needed. Residents/fellows who are required to register with the NH PDMP must also complete the 3-credit opioid related cme requirement.
- The New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules gives specific instructions as to what will be accepted for both Category 1 and Category 2 credit.
- The annual reporting fee is $40.
Note: Physicians with a NH DEA license need to include 3 hours in the area of pain management and addiction disorder or a combination thereof, as part of their 100 credits, pursuant to RSA: 318-b:40. A list of suggested courses may be found at http://www.nhms.org/education-cme/online-opioid-prescribing-cme but any Category 1 accredited course on the appropriate subject matter will qualify.
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.*
*As of Sept. 6, 2017, the Board of Medicine voted that:
“New Hampshire licensees may undertake continuing medical education (CME) courses to satisfy the biennial opioid prescribing competency requirement that meet the following criteria:
- AMA PRA Category 1 credit or ACCME accreditation; and
- The course abstract and learning objectives** reference opioid prescribing for the management or treatment of pain, or for the treatment of opioid use disorders.”
**Should the CME certificate or submitted course information not appear to satisfy the two criteria, further information including the course abstract and learning objectives may be requested during the biennial audit.
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