Minnesota Medical Association offers self-paced course for opioid prescribers to aid legal compliance

In response to a new state law requiring that prescription providers undertake at least two hours of continuing medical education, the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) has created an online course for physicians to pursue at their own pace.

Under the 2019 law, such courses must now include best practices in prescribing opioids and cover non-pharmacological and implantable device alternatives for pain treatment and management. The MMA’s version makes such education free and easy to use for association members, though there is a $60 fee for non-members. In return, it also providers prescribers with answers, commentary, and references as feedback on every bit of self-assessment.

It was the responsibility of a nine-member advisory group of addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, pain management, and primary care experts to develop the course content for the MMA.

Licensees are exempt from the continuing education requirement if they participate in the Minnesota Department of Human Service’s Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program. For everyone else, licensees are required to report their two hours of credit sometime over the next two years, before a deadline of Dec. 31, 2022.

Documentation must be submitted to the Board of Medical Practice.