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New CME Requirements Texas: The 2 New CME Courses Health Care Professionals Need to Know About
Hold up! Texas physicians must now meet two New CME Requirements in Texas to renew their licenses from now on, according to the Texas Medical Board. New Texas State Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements don’t come around toooo often, so it’s big news and may be confusing. Both of these new CME requirements for Texas will be part of your 48 credits of CME that you’re required to do every 24 months. So, what’s the deal? Let’s go over it with no confusing language. We promise!
New Opioid & Pain Management (And Other Controlled Substances) CME Requirements
In an effort to help decrease the Opioid Crisis in Texas, there were several bills passed requiring physicians, physician assistants, and other licensees to complete specific opioid-related CMEs in Texas. This requirement applies to the renewal of a license from now on, so let get into it!
Licensees who have direct patient care or who prescribe, order, or administer opioids (and controlled substances) are required 2 hours of formal Category 1 on the following topics:
- Best practices, alternative treatment options, and multi-modal approaches to pain management;
- Safe and effective pain management related to the prescription of opioids or other controlled substances, including standards of care, identification of drug-seeking behavior in patients, and effectively communicating with patients regarding the prescription of opioids or other controlled substances;
- Approved procedures for the prescribing and monitoring of controlled substances.
These 2 hours may count toward the medical ethics and/or professional responsibility requirement.
New Human Trafficking Prevention CME Requirements
House Bill 2059 (86th Legislature) requires physicians, physician assistants, and any licensee of the TMB’s advisory boards or committees that provide direct patient care, to complete a human trafficking prevention course approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
- Look for courses that have been approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to meet the requirements for human trafficking training.
- Look for Course Providers with a Designation of Credit.
- Look for a clear Course Objective and accredited Faculty staffing the courses.
Practice Secure offers Curated Compliance and Training Programs for HIPAA, OSHA, Risk Management, and more for Texas medical licenses — and while we don’t currently have courses for the New Human Trafficking Prevention CME Requirements in Texas (we’re working on one!) — we don’t want you to be in the dark. So, here’s a list of some of our fantastic peers who do.
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- Additional information can be found on the Texas Medical Board’s website or within their Continuing Medical Education for MDs/DOs page.
- Texas State Board of Medical Examiners at (512) 305-7010 or www.tmb.state.tx.us