The North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) is seeking preliminary public comment on draft rules for implementing a new state requirement that all who prescribe controlled substances obtain mandatory continuing medical education (CME) in prescribing these medications. The Board will accept public comment on the proposed rule changes until Feb. 29
. Email comments and any supporting materials to PrescribingCME@ncmedboard.org
. These initial comments will be considered by the Board at their March meeting before possibly filing the rule with the Rules Review Commission. Once filed with the commission, the formal rule making process will begin with an official public comment period. Watch the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Bulletin and the NCMB website for updates on that process.
Under the proposed rules, physician licensees would be required to earn three hours of Category 1 CME in controlled substances prescribing during each three-year CME cycle, and physician assistants would be required to earn two hours of controlled substances prescribing CME during their two-year cycle. CME earned may count towards the licensee’s total number of required hours for the cycle. Physicians are required to complete 60 hours of Category 1 CME earned over three years, while PAs must earn 50 hours over two years.
The rule changes do not provide detailed guidance on the content of courses to be completed. The only requirement is that course content be related to controlled substances prescribing practices, recognizing signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances and/or controlled substances prescribing in the context of chronic pain management.
Read the proposed changes to the physician CME rule
Read the proposed changes to the PA CME rule