Bipartisan Group of Representatives Focuses on CME for Opioids

Policy and Medicine (03/25/2019) Sullivan, Thomas

U.S. Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), and Ami Bera (D-Calif.) have proposed a congressional resolution that supports expansions for physicians' opioid prescribing training. Under the resolution, colleges should continue improving and expanding such training, while residency programs should focus specifically on proper opioid prescribing for each specialty. In addition, mid-level healthcare providers should receive additional training while in school concerning appropriate prescribing practices for opioids, and current practitioners should be trained in pain management and opioid prescribing practices via continuing medical education (CME). The CME Coalition's Chris Lamond and Andrew Rosenberg stated in a letter to the representatives that their resolution will help encourage future education for opioid prescribers, and eventually improve patient outcomes and reduce the number of lives affected by, or lost to, opioids. "CME has proven to be a critical resource in educating physicians on the potential for abuse and addiction in prescribing opioid medications, and has been found to reliably change health professionals' knowledge and competence, as evidenced in their performance and patient health outcomes," they wrote. The resolution presently sits at the Subcommittee on Health, and there is currently no indication that a duplicate concurrent resolution has been proposed in the Senate.

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