Course Description: The use of prescription and non-prescription opioids has dramatically increased in New York State. Healthcare providers who prescribe opioids must understand and demonstrate ongoing knowledge in regard to the following topics:
- Federal requirements for prescribing controlled substances;
- New York State requirements for prescribing controlled substances;
- appropriate prescribing;
- managing acute pain;
- palliative care;
- pain management, prevention, screening and signs of addiction;
- responses to abuse and addiction; and
- end of life care.
Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to satisfy the Public Health Law (PHL) §3309-a (3).
Target Audience: The Public Health Law mandates prescribers licensed under Title Eight of the Education Law in New York that 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, must complete at least three (3) hours of course work.
This training will encompass:
- advanced practice nurses who prescribe
- registered nurses
- physician assistants
The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has provided a FAQ sheet in response to potential questions a prescriber may have about the mandatory NYS Prescriber Education.
Additionally, the NYS DOH has provided mandatory education guidance for courses to be considered acceptable training.
Compliance and Attestation
Provider compliance: This course must be completed by July 1, 2017 and every three (3) years thereafter. If you are licensed on or after July 1, 2017 you must complete the training with in one (1) year of receipt of your license and every three (3) years thereafter.
Provider attestation: To comply, prescribers must file the self-attestation by July 1, 2017 and once every three (3) years thereafter. To submit your attestation online, access your Health Commerce System (HCS) account and follow these steps:
After logging in to the HCS website:
- Top Right under “my content”
- Select “ALL applications” then
- Browse by letter “N” and the first application name is “Narcotic Education Attestation Tracking (NEAT)”
- Select “NEAT” - Follow the steps provided.
Prescribers that do not have access to a computer can request a paper attestation form by calling the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) toll-free at 1-866-811-7957. They may then complete the form and return it by mail to the address provided.