Kansas Academy of Physician Assistants

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts adopts new CME requirement in response to the opioid epidemic.

Posted 3 months ago

The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (“KSBHA”) has adopted amendments to K.A.R. 100-28a-5 and K.A.R. 100-28a-16 implementing a continuing medical education Category III requirement, in response to the opioid epidemic.

The new Category III continuing medical education requirement requires a minimum of one hour of instruction each year, either through a live presentation or internet based educational activity that meets requirements of Category I or II, with the content requirement of: (1) acute or chronic pain management; (2) the appropriate prescribing of opioids; or (3) the use of prescription drug monitoring programs. The addition of Category III does not increase the total number of continuing education hours required or change the process for renewal of a license.

Amendments to both regulations will become effective July 9, 2021, however, the KSBHA will not begin enforcement of these regulations until 2022.

All Kansas licensed physician assistants with an updated email address on file should receive an email from the KSBHA after the upcoming renewal cycle addressing the implementation of these amendments.

KAPA will work to provide Category III continuing medical education as a part of our regular educational opportunities to assist Kansas PAs in meeting this requirement.