To protect the public from the unprofessional, incompetent, or impaired practice of medicine.
The Board of Medicine issues licenses to qualified Allopathic and Osteopathic physicians and physician assistants based on nationally recognized credentialing standards. The Board regulates the minimum standards for professional conduct and continued competence and takes disciplinary action against licensees who fail to meet these standards.
On April 20, 2016, the Board of Medicine adopted new opioid prescribing rules that impose several new requirements on licensees. These rules are effective as of May 3, 2016. Please take the time to review these important rules.
These rules replace the previously effective emergency rules on opioid prescribing, which were repealed on May 3, 2016.
Use of a morphine dose equivalent calculator is recommended for prescribers of opioids.
Acute Pain Patient Information
The emergency rules require licensees who prescribe an opioid for acute pain to provide the patient with certain information. The Board’s Acute Pain Patient Information document can be used for this purpose, although licensees may choose a different method of communicating this information.
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SCOPE of Pain - May 14, 2016
Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Prescribing Series (6 Modules)
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Various Activities
American Academy of Physician Assistants Managing Pain Patients Who Abuse Prescription Drugs
American Pain Society REMS for ER/LA Opioid Analgesics: The Keys to Safe Use
Audio Digest Foundation Various educational activities
Boston University School of Medicine Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain
Boston University School of Medicine SCOPE of Pain - Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education
Federation of State Medical Boards Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing
Federation of State Medical Boards Model Policy for the Use of Opioid Analgesics inthe Treatment of Chronic Pain
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine Pain Action Consulting Team (PACT): A Mentoring Model CME
NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse Safe Prescribing for Pain
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Substance Use in Adults and Adolescents: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)