State Board of Medicine
The State Board of Medicine regulates the practice of medicine through the licensure, registration and certification of members of the medical profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board regulates medical doctors; physician assistants; radiology technicians; respiratory therapists; nurse-midwives; acupuncturists; practitioners of oriental medicine; perfusionists; behavioral specialists; and athletic trainers. The Board also has authority take disciplinary or corrective action against individuals it regulates.
The Board periodically reviews the character of the instruction and the facilities possessed by each of the medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth. The Board also reviews the facilities and qualifications of medical colleges and other medical facilities outside the Commonwealth whose trainees or graduates desire to obtain licensure, certification or graduate medical training in the Commonwealth.
VERIFICATION OF OPIOID EDUCATION FOR MEDICAL PHYSICIAN AND
ASSISTANT, AND LICENSED NURSE-MIDWIFE APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS SUBMITTED AFTER
JULY 1, 2017
Section 9.1(a) of ABC-MAP* requires
that all prescribers or dispensers, as defined in Section 3 of ABC-MAP, applying for licensure/certification complete at least 4 hours of Board-approved education consisting of 2
hours in pain management or the identification of addiction and 2 hours in the
practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. Medical physician and surgeons, medical
physician assistants, and licensed nurse-midwives who hold prescriptive
authority approval fall within ABC-MAP’s definition of prescribers or dispensers.
Requirements for initial
applicants and additional prescriptive authority approvals
physician and surgeons, medical physician assistants, and licensed
nurse-midwives seeking prescriptive authority approval on or after July
1, 2017, must document, within one (1) year from issuance of the license or
prescriptive authority approval, that they completed this education either as
part of their professional degree education program, or through a stand-alone
course from a nurse-midwife advanced pharmacology course provider,
authorized by §
18.6(6) of the Board’s regulations, or a continuing education course from a
nurse-midwife continuing education provider, listed in § 21.334 (a) of the
State Board of Nursing Board’s regulations and its completion attested to when
applying for renewal. The four (4) hours of Board-approved education needs to
be completed only once.
Where this education is part of the professional degree educational program,
verification of completion from the Program may be included within the
Verification of Medical Education (for all medical physicians), Verification of
Graduation from a Physician Assistant Program (for medical physician assistants),
or Verification of Advanced Pharmacology (for nurse-midwives). Where this
education is part of a stand-alone Board-approved nurse-midwife advanced
pharmacology course authorized by § 18.6(6) of the Board’s regulations,
verification of completion from the nurse-midwife advanced pharmacology
provider may be included within the Verification of Advanced Pharmacology.
Where the education is completed as stand-alone opioid education, verification
of completion from a nurse-midwife program, a nurse-midwife advanced
pharmacology provider or a nurse-midwife continuing education provider may be
documented on the Verification of Opioid Education or on a Certificate of
Completion that includes the name of the course, the specific number of hours
in each of the required content areas and the date completed. The Verification
forms will be available on the website at www.dos.pa.gov/med.
In order for medical physician and surgeons, medical physician assistants
and nurse-midwives with prescriptive authority to renew their license or
prescriptive authority approval for the next renewal period, section
ABC-MAP requires that they complete at least two (2) hours of continuing
education in pain management, the identification of addiction or the practices
of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. The continuing education requirements
of ABC-MAP will count towards the total number of continuing education credits
required for renewal. For physicians, this continuing education must be in AMA PRA
Category 1 or 2 approved activities. For
medical physician assistants, this continuing education must be acceptable for
credit by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
(NCCPA). For nurse-midwives, this continuing education must be
taken from a State Board of Nursing-approved pharmacology continuing education
provider listed in section
21.334 (a) of the Nursing Board’s regulations Nurse midwives with prescriptive
need to be completed this two-hour requirement only once per renewal period,
regardless of the number of prescriptive authority approvals being renewed.
*The Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program
Act (ABC-MAP)(also known as Act 124 of 2016), 35 P.S. § 872.3, is available on
the Legislature’s website at:
21.283(b)(1) and 21.334 (a) of the Nursing Board’s Regulations are available on the State Board of
Nursing’s website at: www.dos.pa.gov/nurse.
18.8(6) of the Medical Board’s regulations are available on the State Board of
Medicine’s website at www.dos.pa.gov/med.