Board Approved CME Regarding Opioid Prescribing

Physicians who possess a NH-DEA license will need to include 3 hours of CME in the area of pain management and addiction disorder or a combination thereof as part of the regular every-other year CME reporting cycle that coincides with license renewal. Below is a list of suggested courses:

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In addition to the approved CME below, New Hampshire licensees may undertake continuing medical education (CME) courses to satisfy the opioid prescribing competency requirement (biennially for physicians and annually for physician assistants) that meet the following criteria:

  1. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit or ACCME Accreditation; and
  2. 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.

Approved Online (Free) Continuing Medical Education (CME) regarding Opioid Prescribing

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Various Activities at either or

American Academy of Neurology - Neurology® Journal Podcast Episodes

American Academy of Physician Assistants Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Prescription Drugs

American Medical Association - AMA Opioid Abuse & Misuse Website Current CME Listing

American Pain Society REMS for ER/LA Opioid Analgesics: The Keys to Safe Use

Audio Digest Foundation Various educational activities

Boston University School of Medicine - SCOPE of Pain: May 2016 course

Boston University School of Medicine Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

Boston University School of Medicine SCOPE of Pain - Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Free CMEs

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Opioid Enduring Materials (free, one hour CME per module)

ELM/MRM Group – "Opioid Prescribing: Risk Management" and Opioid Addiction: Management and Prevention" offered to NH physicians who are employed and insured by Granite Shield Insurance Exchange (GSIE)

Federation of State Medical Boards Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing

Federation of State Medical Boards Model Policy for the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

InforMed Continuing Medical Education New Hampshire Medical Licensure Program (Self-Study)

InforMed NY 2017 3 Hours CME NY Prescribers

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine Pain Action Consulting Team (PACT): A Mentoring Model CME

Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Prescribing Series (6 Modules)

Massachusetts Medical Society Managing Risk When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers for Patients

Massachusetts Medical Society Legal Advisor: Identifying Drug Dependence

Massachusetts Medical Society Managing Pain Without Overusing Opioids

Massachusetts Medical Society Principles of Palliative Care & Persistent Pain Management (2 Modules)

Massachusetts Medical Society The Opioid Epidemic (6 Modules)

Massachusetts Medical Society New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in Practice

NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse Safe Prescribing for Pain

NYACP/BU CME Pain Management Course - Scope of Pain
2 Modules to this course:
Boston University School of Medicine Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE) – 2 hours CME
New York Chapter American College of Physicians – Managing Pain and Opioid Use: An Educational Program on Compliance with New York State Prescribing Laws – 1 hour CME

State of New York and New York State Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Pain Management, Palliative Care and Addiction Course.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Substance Use in Adults and Adolescents: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) 

University of Buffalo Opioid Prescriber Training Program


Approved Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Courses

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Waiver X Courses, including the

NHMS, NH-BDSAS, AAAP, Anthem BCBS, Foundation for Healthy Communities  Medication Assistance Training (MAT) Waiver-X Certification Course 

Other Approved On-Site Courses
Catholic Medical Center's 2nd Annual Summit on Management of the Opiate-dependent Patient and Optimal Pain Treatment, November 11, 2016 in Bedford, NH at SERESC.
Three approved sessions are:

  • VAMC Comprehensive Ambulatory Opioid Management
  • Addiction Medicine in MGH's Clinical Setting
  • Non-opiate & Opiate Analgesia and their Risks

Granite Health partnered with SCOPE of Pain at Boston University – two 1-hour opioid prescribing CMEs. One hour will focus on acute pain and the post surgical patient and the other will focus on safe and evidence based ways to taper. These CMEs are for the following health systems for their medical staff: Catholic Medical Center, Exeter Health Resources, LRGHealthcare, Wentworth Douglass Hospital and Southern NH Health System.

Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester Grand Rounds

New Hampshire Medical Society Annual Scientific Conference November 3-5, 2017 Changing Patterns in Medicine For Physicians and Patients (3 credits)