Connecticut Enacts Law Modifying CME Requirements to Include Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Training

National Law Review (07/09/19)

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has signed into law Public Act 19-115, which tweaks continuing medical education (CME) mandates for state-licensed physicians and continuing education (CE) requirements for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Physicians are currently obligated to complete at least one hour of CME relating to behavioral health during each CME period, and APRNs must complete at least two hours of CE on mental health conditions common to veterans and their families. PA 19-115 permits physicians to meet behavioral health training requirements by obtaining at least two hours in training with regard to diagnosing and treating cognitive conditions, including Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive impairments, or mental health conditions. The new law also lets APRNs acquire two or more hours of training toward their CE requirements on subjects related to diagnosing and treating cognitive or mental health conditions, including Alzheimer's and related cognitive impairments. The updates go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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