NYACP/BU CME Pain Management Course


With Special Thanks and Appreciation to:

NYACP Pain Course Task Force Members:

Linda S. Efferen, MD, MBA, MACP
Paula E. Lester, MD, FACP, CMD
Daniel Pomerantz, MD, MPH, FACP
Kelly S. Ramsey, MD, MPH, MA, FACP

Other Contributors:

Daniel P. Alford, MD, FACP
Patricia A. Bomba, MD, MACP
Maria Torroella Carney, MD, FACP

What You Need to Know:

  • Target Audience: Physicians, nurse practitioners, residents, registered nurses, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, and pharmacists
  • CME/MOC: The NYACP/BU educational activity will offer participants 3 Hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM in addition to 3 MOC points through the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.
  • The initial course deadline was 7/1/17 - it is every 3 years thereafter
  • If you are licensed on or after 7/1/17, you must complete training within 1 year of receipt of your license and every three years thereafter
  • For Residents prescribing under a hospital or facility DEA number:
    • Residents beginning work on or after 7/1/17 must complete the course within 1 year of the start of their residency and every 3 years thereafter
    • Hospitals must attest that ALL residents prescribing under their institutional DEA number have completed the required training
  • The course is FREE

To Take The Course click the button on the right- which will take you to the separate Scope of Pain website.

You must register to create an account, using your  e-mail address as your username and create a password on this separate website to access the course:

Important Navigation Tip: If you choose to exit the course with the intent to return and complete at a later time, you must NOTE your position in the course prior to exiting (by slide number or recorded time). Upon resuming the course, it will automatically DEFAULT to the beginning of course. You can then use the navigation bar below the power point to find exactly where you left off within the module. When returning to the course go to the Scope of Pain page and log back in using the username (your email address ) and the password you created at  initial registration. If you forgot your password, click forgot password and you will be emailed a new one.

Certificates: Upon completion, you should print 2 separate certificates.  One certificate for the 2-hours of SCOPE and one certificate for the additional New York specific content. These should be retained for your files.


Course Description:

The use of prescription and non-prescription opioids has dramatically increased in New York State.  Healthcare providers who prescribe opioid analgesics must understand and demonstrate ongoing knowledge of pain management, palliative care, and addiction.

NYACP, in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, is providing this course in response to NYS Public Health Law Section 3309-A, enacted in 2016, which requires professionals licensed under Title 8 of the NYS Education Law with a valid DEA number and every medical resident prescribing under a hospital or facility DEA number to complete a 3-hour training course covering the following specific elements:

  1. State and Federal laws on the prescribing of controlled substances
  2. Pain Management
  3. Appropriate Prescribing
  4. Managing Acute Pain
  5. Palliative Medicine
  6. Prevention/Screening/Signs of Addiction
  7. Responses to Abuse and Addiction
  8. End of Life Care

This course is designed in three modules. The first two modules are the highly acclaimed Boston University School of Medicine Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE) Course. The 3rd module contains the elements required by the New York State law not covered in the SCOPE course.

The New York State Department of Health has prepared an FAQ to answer any questions a prescriber may have about the NYS CME Mandate. You can read the FAQ here.

Courses Acceptable to the Department of Health: The Department of Health has indicated that any course accredited for continuing education by any organization serving professionals licensed under title eight of the education law to treat humans and registered under the federal controlled substances act and in possession of a DEA registration number, and every medical resident who is prescribing under a facility DEA registration number shall satisfy the requirement as long as the course content meets all 8 topical requirements under the statute, and is at least three hours in length (see the course content section). To read the guidance provided by the NYS Department of Health, please click here.

For physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals, this means that the NYACP/BU CME/MOC accreditation meets this requirement. 


To be in compliance, prescribers must file the self attestation after completing the course. To submit your attestation online, access your Health Commerce System (HCS) account and follow these steps:

After logging in to the HCS website:

1. Top Right under “my content”
2. Select “ALL applications” then
3. Browse by letter “N” and the first application name is “Narcotic Education Attestation Tracking (NEAT)”
4. Select “NEAT”
5. Then follow the steps or read the instructions here

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 1-866-529-1890. They may then complete the form and return it by mail to the address provided.

For auditing purposes, you should keep your course completion documentation for a minimum of six years from the date of the attestation deadline. Documentation must include the name of the course provider, name of the course, location it occurred, date it occurred, and number of hours completed.

Waivers / Exemptions:

In certain very limited circumstances, the New York State Department of Health may grant an exemption to the required course work or training to an individual prescriber who clearly demonstrates to the department that there is no need to complete such training. Exemptions will be granted only in very limited circumstances, and not solely on the basis of economic hardship, technological limitations, prescribing volume, practice area, specialty, or board certification. Prescribers may request an exemption by utilizing the Health Commerce System.

For any questions regarding the mandatory course or attestation, BNE has also released a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document on the prescriber mandate. A copy of the FAQ can be read here.

Additional Course Resource List


Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Boston University School of Medicine and New York Chapter, American College of Physicians. Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this enduring material CME activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: This educational activity has been provided by Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School for Medicine and jointly provided by New York Chapter, American College of Physicians.

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

CNE Contact Hours: 3

In order to receive credit, participants must view the content and complete the post-test and evaluation. Participants who receive a grade of 70% or greater on the post-test will receive credit.

ABIM MOC Part 2: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 3 MOC point and patient safety MOC credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit

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