New Pain Management CE Requirement for Psychologists
In 2001 a law was passed that established the Oregon Pain Management Commission (through the Department of Human Services--DHS), and in 2005 the statutes were amended and authorized the Oregon Pain Management Commission to promulgate rules relating to pain management education for certain professions. The Oregon Pain Management Commission was established within the Department of Human Services for the purpose of developing pain management educational programs, recommendations and curriculum; representing patient concerns to the Governor and Legislative Assembly; and creating ways to improve pain management in Oregon through research, policy analysis, and model projects. In addition, the Oregon Pain Management Commission was charged with developing a specific pain management educational program for required completion by health care professionals under specified Licensing Boards.
Part of the law is a piece that requires certain health professionals (psychologists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, etc.) to have a CE requirement on pain education that is tied to your licensure. A one time requirement of seven hours of pain management related CE is now required to be completed by psychologists. One hour must be an on-line course provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (www.oregon.gov/dhs/pain) and the remaining six hours can be your choice of pain management topics (OPA will be sponsoring such workshops in 2007). This requirement is set forth by administrative rules from DHS and the Oregon Pain Management Commission and will be enforced under the appropriate state licensing board--which for psychologists is the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners (OBPE). OBPE will be amending their administrative rules regarding CE requirements for psychologists in 2007 to adopt this DHS/Pain Commission requirement. OBPE will also be adding this CE piece to their CE reporting forms for 2007.
OPA’s involvement in this legislation came about in 2001 when the bill was introduced and our lobbyist at that time brought to the OPA board’s attention that psychologists were excluded from the bill. There was an expressed concern by OPA board members that if psychologists were excluded from the bill, it would limit the scope of practice for psychologists in Oregon. OPA was successful in adding psychologists to the bill, and the CE requirement was perceived as the cost of being included. Since that time the DHS/Oregon Pain Management Commission, have been working on writing administrative rules to implement the bill as they have worked through the process of administering the new law. A hearing was held on the proposed DHS/Oregon Pain Management Commission rules on January 22, 2007 and the new rules should go into effect on February 1, 2007. Once these rules are approved, OBPE will be able to write their administrative rules for administering the new CE requirement for psychologists.
In preparation for that, OBPE has developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on this subject which is printed below that should answer most questions on this subject.
Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners (OBPE)
PAIN MANAGEMENT Continuing Education: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Why are psychologists required to take Pain Management continuing education?
The Oregon State Legislature created Oregon’s Pain Management Program in 2001 to raise awareness about pain management issues among healthcare providers, policy makers and the general public, and to improve access to resources.
How many hours do I need?
Seven hours of pain management-related CE. One hour must be an on-line course provided by the Oregon Pain Management Commission (OPMC) www.oregon.gov/dhs/pain.
The remaining six hours can be your choice of pain management topics.
Will the Pain Management CE be added to the currently required fifty hours?
No, Pain Management CE will be included in the total.
When do I need to have my hours completed?
The pain management education program is a one-time requirement that must be obtained:
· If your renewal date was December 2006 you have from January 2004 to December 2008 to obtain and report pain management CE’s.
· If your renewal date is December 2007 you have from January 2004 to December 2009 to obtain and report pain management CE’s.
· If you are a new licensee you have twenty-four months after your first renewal to obtain and report pain management CE’s.
What if I have taken Pain Management CE in the past? Will they qualify?
The CE has to be completed after January 1, 2004.
How do I know if a particular Pain Management course will meet the CE requirement?
As with all OBPE CE requirements, you must be able to reasonably relate the curriculum to your practice, and the course must be presented by a qualified professional with expertise in the field.
Am I required to prove I have taken the Pain Management CE? What proof do I need to show the Board?
As with any other CE, licensees will attest to having completed the seven hours of pain management CE on their biennial CE report. CE reports are verified by random audit. If you are audited, you will need to provide proof that you have received the 50 hours of CE that you report, including any pain management CE.
Where can I find Pain Management CE courses?
Pain management CE courses are offered by professional organizations such as the Oregon Psychological Association www.opa.org and occasionally by health-related businesses. You may also check for a list of CE courses at http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/pain/index.html.
OPA Pain Management CE Offerings
OPA has already sponsored a pain management workshop in January of 2007 and plans to repeat the workshop on June 8, 2007 in Portland due to the overwhelming response from the first one and to help psychologists meet this new requirement. The workshop will be “Psychological Assessment and Management of Pain” by Dr. Joseph Barber. Registration is available on our website as www.opa.org.
In addition, our Continuing Education Committee chair is working on developing pain management workshops for the Bend and Southern Oregon areas for 2007.
Watch the OPA website at www.opa.org for more details.
On-Line Requirement Presentation Information
To fulfill the on-line CE requirement, go to the Oregon Pain Management Commission website at (www.oregon.gov/dhs/pain) to take the on-line presentation that is an introduction to the pain management domain in Oregon. It qualifies as a required portion of your selected continuing education requirement in pain management, and must be completed within 24 months of the operative date of January 1, 2006. By entering your oversight board and license number and completing the presentation, you will be automatically credited in the database. Upon completion you should print out a certificate for documentation purposes. Note: When viewing for certification, you must select "Affiliated with:" and select your licensing board. The presentation will have an appropriate delay between slide advances to allow for full review of the material.
Once you completed the presentation, print out the certificate that is displayed at the conclusion. If you have problems printing, please use your browser's File menu, Print option to print. If you are still unable to print, please make sure you can print other documents before contacting support. The OPMC does NOT provide paper certificates.
If you complete the presentation, you can always view it again as "Unaffiliated" or access your certificate again by entering the information you provided when you completed the presentation exactly as it was originally entered. Note: you will NOT be required to take the entire presentation again.
OPA will continue to post any new information on this subject to our website at www.opa.org. You can also email us at email@example.com. In addition you can contact the Oregon Board of Psychologists Examiners at 503.378.4154 for information regarding this requirement and your license. You can reach the Oregon Pain Management Commission at 503.945.7009.
OPA recommends that all licensees work to meet this requirement as soon as possible and before the completion dates outlined by OBPE to keep your license to practice in compliance with state rules and regulations.