CME Opioid Course

Due to laws enacted in New York State in 2017, regarding the prescribing of opioids, all prescribers that hold a DEA license are required to complete three hours of CME training on Pain Management, Palliative Care & Addiction every three years.

The Medical Society of the State of New York, in conjunction with the New York State Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has created an accredited CME On-Line course on the following three topic
  • PM, PC & A 2020: Understanding the Current Legal Landscape in NYS for Prescribing
  • PM, PC & A 2020: When to Consider Opioid Therapy for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and In Palliative Care
  • PM, PC & A 2020: When to Consider Opioid Therapy for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain and In Palliative Care

(Log in or create an account and you will be transferred to the course)

The Medical Society of the State of New York is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA/PRA Category 1 credits™. 
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


With 44 Rx opioid related deaths a day, what can one physician do?

Preventing Opioid Abuse: Be Part of the Solution

The Medical Society of the State of New York is a member of the AMA’s Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse.   Established in 2014, this task force has embraced four concepts for implementation throughout the nation. The Task Force believes that physicians have a professional obligation to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic. The 5 goals of The Task Force are:
  • Increase physicians’ registration and use of effective PMPs
  • Enhance physicians’ education on effective, evidence-based prescribing
  • Reduce the stigma of pain and promote comprehensive assessment and treatment
  • Reduce the stigma of substance use disorder and enhance access to treatment
  • Expand access to naloxone in the community and through co-prescribing
MSSNY recognizes the severity of this public health epidemic and is committed to implementing solutions to combat it.  In New York, we have already reduced the incidence of doctor shopping by 86% because physicians are checking the Prescription Monitoring Program prior to prescribing a controlled substance. We have also supported legislation to increase access to naloxone to reduce deaths from overdose. We have also supported efforts increase voluntary education and training for physicians on safe prescribing practices.

Our efforts have proven successful.  According to IMS data, New York has seen substantial decreases in the number of prescriptions written for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other controlled substances. New York’s utilization rate for these medications is below other states that currently require prescriber education of opioid medications.

But there’s more to do.  This website provides information on best practices that physicians may find helpful when considering a controlled substance and common recommendations found in opioid prescribing guidelines, including tools such as opioid calculators.   Additionally, there are free continuing medical education programs through the PCSS-O and prevention and other information for your patients. 

AMA Task Force To Reduce Opioid Abuse: 
Website provides resources on Opioid Prevention; links to various specialty organizations and discusses the core principles for reducing opioid use in the nation. 

New York State’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP):
To register for a Health Commerce System account and the PMP

Accessing the NYS PMP

Best Practices and Tools:   
CDC: Common Elements in Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Preventing Misuse Of Prescription Opioid Drugs—NYC Guidance

New York City Emergency Department -Discharge Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Physician Education:
Providers’ Clinical Support System For Opioid Therapies--PCSS-O is a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid overdose epidemic.  PCSS-O makes available at no cost CME programs on the safe and effective use of opioids for treatment of chronic pain and safe and effective treatment of opioid use disorder.

Providers’ Clinical Support System For Medication Assisted Treatment—
national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid misuse epidemic and the availability of newer pharmacotherapies to address opioid use disorder. The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, and pain management settings.

New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

Patient Education and Information: