senate Bill S2861A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to certain mandatory medical education requirements

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to higher education
Apr 30, 2013 reported and committed to health
Apr 03, 2013 print number 2861a
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S2861 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §6505-d, Ed L; amd §3309-a, Pub Health L

S2861 - Bill Texts

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Relates to certain mandatory medical education requirements; requires mandatory coursework or training relating to prescription pain medication and opiate-dependent patients.

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BILL NUMBER:S2861

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law and the public health
law, in relation to certain mandatory medical education

PURPOSE: To establish continuing medical education requirements for
physicians and to require certain prescribers of prescription pain medi-
cation to complete mandatory coursework or training relating to opiate-
dependent patients.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the education law to add a new section that
establishes mandatory continuing education for physicians.

Section 2 of the bill amends the public health law to require the work
group established pursuant to section 52 of part D of Chapter 56 of the
Laws of 2012 to report certain recommendations to the commissioner of
health relating to the treatment and management of opiate-dependent
patients.

Section 3 of the bill amends the education law to add a new section that
requires certain prescribers of prescription pain medication to complete
mandatory coursework or training relating to opiate-dependent patients.

Section 4 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: According to the American Medical Association, New York
State is just one of five states that does not have state-mandated
continuing medical education (CME) requirements for physician license
re-registration. In the Northeast, New York is the only state that does
not have such a requirement. By establishing a 50 hour biennial CME
requirement, this legislation will help ensure quality medical care for
all New Yorkers. In fact. the Medical Society of the State of New York's
Task Force on Quality Medical Care has indicated support for legislative
efforts to require physicians to complete CME credits as evidence of
competence and diligence in medical practice.

CME is also valuable in preparing physicians for emerging challenges in
the medical field. To that end, in 2012, New York State enacted laws
that start to address the growing crisis of prescription drug abuse
associated with chronic care pain management. Given the addictive nature
of certain prescription drugs, their use in treatment has the potential
to lead to addiction. In 2012, the creation of an expert-level work
group to make recommendations on possible CME relating to prescription
pain medication awareness was a critical step in solving this developing
crisis. Because the potential for addiction exists when prescription
drugs are used in pain management, the work group should also provide
recommendations on mandatory continuing education for the treatment and
management of opiate-dependent patients. By providing the work group
with the authority to make recommendations on this aspect of the treat-

ment of chronic pain, this legislation further promotes the best possi-
ble care for patients struggling with this condition.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about
20% of physicians are responsible for prescribing 80% of all
prescription pain killers. Further, a recent study shows that 3% of
physicians account for over 60% of prescription pain killers. This data
indicates that a small number of prescribers are responsible for the
bulk of prescription drug prescriptions. Consequently, prescribers whose
practice includes significant prescriptions for pain killers should know
about the potential for addiction and the proper treatment and manage-
ment of patients that have become dependent on prescription pain kill-
ers. This legislation addresses this problem by requiring certain pres-
cribers to complete, on a one-time basis, coursework or training
relating to the treatment and management of opiate-dependent patients
that is provided by highly-regarded organizations such as the American
Medical Association. By doing so, this legislation establishes a safe-
guard for patients struggling with chronic pain and helps ensure that
such patients are receiving the best course of treatment for their
condition.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the three hundred sixty-
fifth day after it shall become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2861

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, GRISANTI, HASSELL-THOMPSON, MARTINS -- read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Higher Education

AN ACT to amend the education law and the public health law, in relation
  to certain mandatory medical education

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 6529-a
to read as follows:
  S  6529-A.  MANDATORY  CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PHYSICIANS. 1.(A) EACH
PHYSICIAN, LICENSED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, REQUIRED TO REGISTER BIEN-
NIALLY WITH THE DEPARTMENT TO PRACTICE IN THIS STATE SHALL  COMPLY  WITH
THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THE  MANDATORY  CONTINUING  EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS,
EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPHS  (B)  AND  (C)  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION.
PHYSICIANS  WHO  DO  NOT  SATISFY  THE  MANDATORY  CONTINUING  EDUCATION
REQUIREMENTS SHALL NOT PRACTICE UNTIL THEY HAVE  MET  SUCH  REQUIREMENTS
AND  HAVE BEEN ISSUED A REGISTRATION OR CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION CERTIF-
ICATE.
  (B) PHYSICIANS SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION
REQUIREMENT FOR THE BIENNIAL REGISTRATION PERIOD DURING WHICH  THEY  ARE
FIRST  LICENSED.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTENT OF THIS SECTION, ADJUST-
MENTS TO THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT MAY  BE  GRANTED
BY  THE  DEPARTMENT FOR REASONS OF HEALTH, CERTIFIED BY A PHYSICIAN, FOR
EXTENDED ACTIVE DUTY WITH THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, OR  FOR
OTHER  GOOD CAUSE ACCEPTABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT WHICH MAY PREVENT COMPLI-
ANCE.
  (C) A LICENSED PHYSICIAN NOT ENGAGED IN PUBLIC PRACTICE AS AN INDIVID-
UAL PRACTITIONER, A PARTNER OF A PARTNERSHIP, A SHAREHOLDER OF A PROFES-
SIONAL SERVICE CORPORATION, OR AN EMPLOYEE OF SUCH PRACTICE UNITS, SHALL
BE EXEMPT FROM THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT  UPON  THE
FILING  OF  A  STATEMENT  WITH THE DEPARTMENT DECLARING SUCH STATUS. ANY

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06414-01-3

S. 2861                             2

LICENSEE WHO RETURNS TO THE PUBLIC PRACTICE OF MEDICINE DURING THE BIEN-
NIAL REGISTRATION PERIOD SHALL NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO REENTERING
THE PROFESSION  AND  SHALL  MEET  SUCH  MANDATORY  CONTINUING  EDUCATION
REQUIREMENTS AS SHALL BE PRESCRIBED BY REGULATION OF THE COMMISSIONER.
  2. DURING EACH BIENNIAL REGISTRATION PERIOD AN APPLICANT FOR REGISTRA-
TION  SHALL  COMPLETE  A  MINIMUM  OF  FIFTY  HOURS OF ACCEPTABLE FORMAL
CONTINUING EDUCATION, A MAXIMUM OF EIGHTEEN HOURS OF WHICH MAY BE  SELF-
INSTRUCTIONAL  COURSEWORK  AS  APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT. COMPLETION OF
COURSEWORK OR TRAINING REQUIRED BY SECTIONS SIXTY-FIVE  HUNDRED  FIVE-B,
SIXTY-FIVE  HUNDRED  FIVE-D,  OR  PARAGRAPH  A  OF  SUBDIVISION THREE OF
SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED SEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER  SHALL  BE  APPLIED  TO
SATISFACTION OF THE REQUIRED FIFTY HOURS OF ACCEPTABLE FORMAL CONTINUING
EDUCATION IN THE BIENNIAL PERIOD IN WHICH SUCH COURSEWORK OR TRAINING IS
COMPLETED,  PROVIDED  THAT  WRITTEN PROOF SATISFACTORY TO THE DEPARTMENT
THAT SUCH COURSEWORK OR TRAINING HAS BEEN COMPLETED IS PROVIDED  TO  THE
DEPARTMENT.  A  LICENSEE  WHO HAS NOT SATISFIED THE MANDATORY CONTINUING
EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS SHALL  NOT  BE  ISSUED  A  BIENNIAL  REGISTRATION
CERTIFICATE  BY THE DEPARTMENT AND SHALL NOT PRACTICE UNLESS AND UNTIL A
CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE IS ISSUED AS PROVIDED  IN  SUBDIVI-
SION  THREE OF THIS SECTION. THE INDIVIDUAL LICENSEE SHALL DETERMINE THE
SELECTION OF COURSES OR PROGRAMS OF STUDY PURSUANT TO  SUBDIVISION  FOUR
OF THIS SECTION.
  3.  THE  DEPARTMENT, IN ITS DISCRETION, MAY ISSUE A CONDITIONAL REGIS-
TRATION TO A  LICENSEE  WHO  FAILS  TO  MEET  THE  CONTINUING  EDUCATION
REQUIREMENTS  ESTABLISHED  IN  SUBDIVISION  TWO  OF THIS SECTION BUT WHO
AGREES TO MAKE UP ANY DEFICIENCIES AND  TAKE  ANY  ADDITIONAL  EDUCATION
WHICH  THE DEPARTMENT MAY REQUIRE. THE FEE FOR SUCH A CONDITIONAL REGIS-
TRATION SHALL BE THE SAME AS, AND IN ADDITION TO, THE FEE FOR THE  BIEN-
NIAL  REGISTRATION.  THE DURATION OF SUCH CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION SHALL
BE DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT. ANY LICENSEE WHO  IS  NOTIFIED  OF  THE
DENIAL  OF  REGISTRATION FOR FAILURE TO SUBMIT EVIDENCE, SATISFACTORY TO
THE DEPARTMENT, OF COMPLETION OF REQUIRED CONTINUING EDUCATION  AND  WHO
PRACTICES  MEDICINE  WITHOUT SUCH REGISTRATION, MAY BE SUBJECT TO DISCI-
PLINARY PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED TEN  OF  THIS
TITLE.
  4.  AS  USED IN THIS SECTION, "ACCEPTABLE FORMAL CONTINUING EDUCATION"
SHALL MEAN FORMAL PROGRAMS OF LEARNING WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO  PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE  AND  WHICH MEET THE STANDARDS PRESCRIBED BY REGULATIONS OF THE
COMMISSIONER. TO FULFILL THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT,
PROGRAMS MUST BE TAKEN FROM  SPONSORS  HAVING  AT  LEAST  ONE  FULL-TIME
EMPLOYEE  AND  THE  FACILITIES,  EQUIPMENT,  AND  FINANCIAL AND PHYSICAL
RESOURCES TO PROVIDE  CONTINUING  EDUCATION  COURSES,  APPROVED  BY  THE
DEPARTMENT, PURSUANT TO THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER.
  5. THE MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION FEE SHALL BE FORTY-FIVE DOLLARS,
SHALL  BE  PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF EACH BIENNIAL REGISTRA-
TION PERIOD, AND SHALL BE PAID IN ADDITION TO THE BIENNIAL  REGISTRATION
FEE REQUIRED BY SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE.
  S  2.  Paragraph  b  of  subdivision 2 of section 3309-a of the public
health law is amended by adding  a  new  subparagraph  (v)  to  read  as
follows:
  (V)  NO LATER THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, REPORT TO THE
COMMISSIONER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MANDATORY CONTINUING MEDICAL  EDUCATION
RELATING  TO  THE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF OPIATE-DEPENDENT PATIENTS.
THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR  SUCH  MANDATORY  CONTINUING  MEDICAL  EDUCATION
SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO, AND NOT IN LIEU OF, THE MANDATORY COURSEWORK OR

S. 2861                             3

TRAINING  REQUIRED  PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED FIVE-D OF THE
EDUCATION LAW.
  S  3.  The  education law is amended by adding a new section 6505-d to
read as follows:
  S 6505-D. MANDATORY COURSEWORK OR TRAINING  RELATING  TO  PRESCRIPTION
PAIN  MEDICATION  AND OPIATE-DEPENDENT PATIENTS. 1. EVERY PRESCRIBER, AS
SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION, SHALL  COMPLETE
ON  A ONE-TIME BASIS NOT LESS THAN EIGHT HOURS OF COURSEWORK OR TRAINING
RELATING TO THE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT  OF  OPIATE-DEPENDENT  PATIENTS
THAT  IS  PROVIDED  BY  THE  AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ADDICTION MEDICINE, THE
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY, THE AMERICAN  MEDICAL  ASSOCI-
ATION,  THE  AMERICAN  OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC
ASSOCIATION, OR ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION THAT THE COMMISSIONER  DETERMINES
IS  APPROPRIATE  FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF THIS SECTION. SUCH COURSEWORK OR
TRAINING MAY BE COMPLETED IN A CLASSROOM SETTING, THROUGH INTERNET-BASED
INSTRUCTION, OR OTHERWISE AS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. EACH PRESCRI-
BER SHALL DOCUMENT TO THE DEPARTMENT AT  THE  TIME  OF  REGISTRATION  OR
RE-REGISTRATION THAT THE PRESCRIBER HAS COMPLETED COURSEWORK OR TRAINING
IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  THIS  SECTION.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  PROVIDE AN
EXEMPTION FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION TO  ANY  PRESCRIBER  WHO
REQUESTS  SUCH AN EXEMPTION AND WHO SHOWS, TO THE DEPARTMENT'S SATISFAC-
TION, THAT SUCH PRESCRIBER IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF  THIS
SECTION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION.
  2.  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "PRESCRIBER" SHALL MEAN
ANY  PRACTITIONER  THAT  IS  (A)  AUTHORIZED  TO  PRESCRIBE   CONTROLLED
SUBSTANCES  PURSUANT  TO  HIS OR HER LICENSED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, AND
(B) REGISTERED UNDER  THE  FEDERAL  CONTROLLED  SUBSTANCES  ACT  AND  IN
POSSESSION  OF  A REGISTRATION NUMBER FROM THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINIS-
TRATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OR ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY.
  3. THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ANY PRESCRIBER THAT (A) HAS TEN OR MORE
PATIENTS BEING TREATED FOR CHRONIC PAIN FOR  WHICH  THE  PRESCRIBER  HAS
PRESCRIBED  THE USE OF PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION, OR (B) HAS AT LEAST
ONE PATIENT BEING TREATED FOR CHRONIC PAIN FOR WHICH THE PRESCRIBER  HAS
PRESCRIBED  A  DAILY  DOSE  OF AT LEAST 100 MG OF MORPHINE OR ITS EQUIV-
ALENT.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the three hundred  sixty-fifth  day
after it shall have become a law.

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S2861A (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §6505-d, Ed L; amd §3309-a, Pub Health L

S2861A (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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Relates to certain mandatory medical education requirements; requires mandatory coursework or training relating to prescription pain medication and opiate-dependent patients.

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S2861A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law and the public
health law, in relation to certain mandatory medical education

PURPOSE:

To require certain prescribers of prescription pain medication to
complete mandatory coursework or training relating to opiate-dependent
patients.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends the education law to add a new section
that requires certain prescribers of prescription pain medication to
complete mandatory coursework or training relating to opiate-dependent
patients.

Section 2 of the bill amends the public health law to require the work
group established pursuant to section 52 of part D of Chapter 56 of
the Laws of 2012 to report certain recommendations to the commissioner
of health relating to the treatment and management of opiate-dependent
patients.

Section 3 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
about 20% of physicians are responsible for prescribing 80% of all
prescription pain killers. Further, a recent study shows that 3% of
physicians account for over 60% of prescription pain killers. This
data indicates that a small number of prescribers are responsible for
the bulk of prescription drug prescriptions. Consequently, prescribers
whose practice includes significant prescriptions for pain killers
should know about the potential for addiction and the proper treatment
and management of patients that have become dependent on prescription
pain killers.

This legislation addresses this problem by requiring certain
prescribers to complete, on a onetime basis, coursework or training
relating to the treatment and management of opiate-dependent patients
that is provided by highly-regarded organizations such as the American
Medical Association. By doing so, this legislation establishes a
safeguard for patients struggling with chronic pain and helps ensure
that such patients are receiving the best course of treatment for
their condition.

Further, medical education is also valuable in preparing physicians
for emerging challenges in the medical field. To that end, in 2012,
New York State enacted laws that start to address the growing crisis
of prescription drug abuse associated with chronic care pain
management. Given the addictive nature of certain prescription drugs,
their use in treatment has the potential to lead to addiction. In
2012, NYS created an expert-level work group to make recommendations
on possible medical education relating to prescription pain medication
awareness. This was a critical step in solving this developing crisis.


Because the potential for addiction exists when prescription drugs are
used in pain management, the work group should also provide
recommendations on mandatory education for the treatment and
management of opiate-dependent patients. By providing the work group
with the authority to make recommendations on this aspect of the
treatment of chronic pain, this legislation further promotes the best
possible care for patients struggling with this condition.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it
shall become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2861--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 24, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, GRISANTI, HASSELL-THOMPSON, MARTINS -- read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Higher Education -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the education law and the public health law, in relation
  to certain mandatory medical education

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.   The education law is amended  by  adding  a  new  section
6505-d to read as follows:
  S  6505-D.  MANDATORY  COURSEWORK OR TRAINING RELATING TO PRESCRIPTION
PAIN MEDICATION AND OPIATE-DEPENDENT PATIENTS. 1. EVERY  PRESCRIBER,  AS
SUCH  TERM IS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION, SHALL COMPLETE
ON A ONE-TIME BASIS NOT LESS THAN EIGHT HOURS OF COURSEWORK OR  TRAINING
RELATING  TO  THE  TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF OPIATE-DEPENDENT PATIENTS
THAT IS PROVIDED BY THE AMERICAN  SOCIETY  OF  ADDICTION  MEDICINE,  THE
AMERICAN  ACADEMY  OF ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY, THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCI-
ATION, THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION,  THE  AMERICAN  PSYCHIATRIC
ASSOCIATION,  OR ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION THAT THE COMMISSIONER DETERMINES
IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSES OF  THIS  SECTION.  SUCH  COURSEWORK  OR
TRAINING MAY BE COMPLETED IN A CLASSROOM SETTING, THROUGH INTERNET-BASED
INSTRUCTION, OR OTHERWISE AS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER. EACH PRESCRI-
BER  SHALL  DOCUMENT  TO  THE  DEPARTMENT AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION OR
RE-REGISTRATION THAT THE PRESCRIBER HAS COMPLETED COURSEWORK OR TRAINING
IN ACCORDANCE  WITH  THIS  SECTION.  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  PROVIDE  AN
EXEMPTION  FROM  THE  REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION TO ANY PRESCRIBER WHO
REQUESTS SUCH AN EXEMPTION AND WHO SHOWS, TO THE DEPARTMENT'S  SATISFAC-
TION,  THAT  SUCH  PRESCRIBER IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS
SECTION PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION.
  2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "PRESCRIBER" SHALL  MEAN
ANY   PRACTITIONER  THAT  IS  (A)  AUTHORIZED  TO  PRESCRIBE  CONTROLLED

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06414-02-3

S. 2861--A                          2

SUBSTANCES PURSUANT TO HIS OR HER LICENSED  PROFESSIONAL  PRACTICE,  AND
(B)  REGISTERED  UNDER  THE  FEDERAL  CONTROLLED  SUBSTANCES  ACT AND IN
POSSESSION OF A REGISTRATION NUMBER FROM THE DRUG  ENFORCEMENT  ADMINIS-
TRATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OR ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY.
  3. THIS SECTION SHALL APPLY TO ANY PRESCRIBER THAT (A) HAS TEN OR MORE
PATIENTS  BEING  TREATED  FOR  CHRONIC PAIN FOR WHICH THE PRESCRIBER HAS
PRESCRIBED THE USE OF PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION, OR (B) HAS AT  LEAST
ONE  PATIENT BEING TREATED FOR CHRONIC PAIN FOR WHICH THE PRESCRIBER HAS
PRESCRIBED A DAILY DOSE OF AT LEAST 100 MG OF  MORPHINE  OR  ITS  EQUIV-
ALENT.
  S  2.  Paragraph  (b) of subdivision 2 of section 3309-a of the public
health law is amended by adding  a  new  subparagraph  (v)  to  read  as
follows:
  (V)  NO  LATER THAN JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, REPORT TO THE
COMMISSIONER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MANDATORY CONTINUING MEDICAL  EDUCATION
RELATING  TO  THE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF OPIATE-DEPENDENT PATIENTS.
THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR  SUCH  MANDATORY  CONTINUING  MEDICAL  EDUCATION
SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO, AND NOT IN LIEU OF, THE MANDATORY COURSEWORK OR
TRAINING  REQUIRED  PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTY-FIVE HUNDRED FIVE-D OF THE
EDUCATION LAW.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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