Thursday, January 22, 2015

New CME Course Requirement

CME for Prescribing and MonitoringControlled Substances:
Mandatory for All South Carolina Licensed Physicians by the SC Legislature
Available at No Cost for our Physician Community

As you are aware, the South Carolina Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), also known as Senate Bill 840, was signed into law on June 6, 2014.  Through this statute, South Carolina licensed physicians are required to obtain two continuing medical education credit hours related to the approved procedures of prescribing and monitoring controlled substances listed in Schedules II, III, and IV.

As outlined by the legislature, the two hour requirement must be met before the end of the current license renewal cycle which is June 30, 2015 and the SCMA is approved by statute to offer this course.

The SCMA recognizes the critical need for more education on prescription abuse and monitoring in our state.  Because our leadership knows it is important for physicians to be at the forefront of understanding the complexities of this law, immediately after understanding this new requirement, the SCMA developed an approved CME course designed specifically for South Carolina licensed physicians.

To make adherence to this requirement easier for our physician community, the SCMA is offering this approved course on prescribing and monitoring controlled substances for free to SC licensed physicians.

To receive your two CME credit hours prior to June 30, please visit: www.scmedical.org/content/mycmehome.  Click Take a CME Course, follow the prompts to register, complete the course, and print a CME certificate for your records.

We will send this important information to all South Carolina licensed physicians by US Mail in the next few weeks.  For questions, please contact our Director of Education, Sharron Kelley, by email at s.kelly@scmedical.org or phone at 1-800-327-1027, extension 173 or directly at 803-612-4104.