Mandatory Prescriber Education

Due to the impact of Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 in NYS, prescribers who were due to attest or re-attest between June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020, now have until October 1, 2020 to complete the required coursework or training and attest or re-attest.

Prescribers licensed in New York to treat humans and who have a DEA registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number, are required to complete at least three (3) hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care, and addiction. The course work or training must be completed once every three years, and an attestation confirming completion made to the Department.

The limited extension of time to complete the requirement and attest or re-attest to the Department applies only to those prescribers who are due to attest or re-attest between June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020. Prescribers receiving the extension need to perform no additional action other than to complete the requirement and attest or re-attest by October 1, 2020.

Practitioners must notify the Department of Health that they have completed the educational requirements by submitting an attestation online.

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Prescribers can access three hours of free course work covering the eight required topic areas, sponsored by NYSDOH, from the University of Buffalo. The course is offered in two parts and can be accessed at: Part 1 and Part 2.

Other course work may be available through prescribers' professional organizations.