Act 31 mandated that all health-related licensees applying for the renewal of a license issued by the State Board of Dentistry are required to complete at least 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education (CE) in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of renewal.
For the dental profession that means that dentists, hygienists and EFDAs need 2 hours of Department of Human Services (DHS) and State Board of Dentistry approved CE in child abuse recognition and reporting every relicensure period. Applicants applying for issuance of an initial license are required to complete 3 hours of DHS-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure.
The General Assembly passed Act 124 of 2016, which requires the following of health care providers:
- Applicants for an initial license must obtain at least 2 hours of education in pain management or identification of addiction, and at least 2 hours of education in the practice of prescribing or dispensing opioids for a total of 4 hours. They may complete this requirement as part of their professional degree educational program or from a continuing education (CE) program taken within 12 months of obtaining an initial license or certificate.
- Dispensers and prescribers applying to renew their licenses or certificates must complete at least 2 hours of CE in pain management, identification of addiction or the practice of prescribing or dispensing of opioids as a portion of the total CE required for biennial renewal.
PDA has obtained clarification from the Department of State's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) about exemptions in Act 124 for health care providers who do not prescribe controlled substances. BPOA confirmed that there are two exemptions:
In review, dentists who have a current DEA registration or use another DEA number (as permitted by law) to prescribe controlled substances, need 2 hours of CE in pain management, identification of addiction or the practice of prescribing or dispensing opioids from an approved program provider in the two-year period preceding licensure renewal. Initial licensees need 4 hours of education (2 hours in pain management or identification of addiction, and 2 hours in the practice of prescribing or dispensing opioids).
- Licensees who are exempt from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) requirements for a registration number.
- Licensees who do not use the registration number of another person or entity, as permitted by law, to prescribe controlled substances in any manner.
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