Arizona's Opioid Epidemic Law NEW CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME) REQUIREMENTS
Effective April 26, 2018, All Physician Assistants renewing their licenses are required to complete (3) three hours of CME as part of the 40 hours required upon renewal in:
OPIOID-RELATED SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER-RELATED OR ADDICTION-RELATED CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION.
This requirement for the three hours of CME is found in SB 1001 ("the Opioid Epidemic Act") signed into law by Governor Ducey on January 26, 2018. (Text of the law below)
32-3248.02. Health professionals; substance use or addiction continuing medical education
A health professional who is authorized under this title to prescribe schedule II controlled substances and who has a valid United States drug enforcement administration registration number or who is authorized under chapter 18 of this title to dispense controlled substances shall complete a minimum of three hours of opioid-related, substance use disorder-related or addiction-related continuing medical education each license renewal cycle. The three hours of continuing medical education shall be included as part of any continuing education requirements for that health professional.