A.R.S. § 32-3248.02 requires all healthcare professionals who hold Drug Enforcement Administration certifications to complete a minimum three hours of continuing medical education (“CME”) in an opioid-related, substance-use disorder related, or addiction related course each renewal cycle as part of the annual continuing education requirement for licensure.
This includes any programs recommended by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Medical Association, the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, the Board of Osteopathic Examiners or the Arizona Medical Board.
A comprehensive course is available for all Arizona prescribers through The University of Arizona Office of Continuing Medical Education. The course offers six (6) continuing medical education hours in an opioid-related area but only five (5) of the six (6) are relevant.
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Pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-829(A), any licensee who wishes to renew their Arizona podiatry license must present evidence satisfactory to the Board that in the year preceding the application for renewal the licensee attended at least twenty-five (25) hours of Board approved continuing education courses or programs.
Continuing medical education ("CME")courses must be completed between July 1 and June 30 for each applicable renewal year. A licensee may tak up to ten (10) hours of CME on the Internet, on a CD-ROM or in podiatric medical literature such as a journal. The licensee's CME report is incorporated into his/her annual license renewal application.
Types of CME courses that are generally approved include hands-on courses in podiatric assessment, anatomy and physiology, surgical techniques, wound care, billing and coding, practice management, ethics, documentation and charting and courses related to medical areas such as diabetes, pharmacology, geriatrics, disease pathology and physical therapy.
Pursuact to A.R.S. § 32-829(C), licensees may request a waiver of CME by submitting satisfactory proof that they were prevented from attending educational programs because of disability, military service or absence from the continental United States.
A.R.S. §§ 15-1756 and 32-3248.02 impose obligations on all students attending medical programs in state that make them eligible for DEA registration to complete a minimum three hours of opioid related clinical education hours and on all healthcare professionals who hold an active Drug Enforcement Administration certifications to complete a minimum three hours of opioid-related, substance-use disorder related or addiction related continuing medical education (“CME”) as part of any continuing education requirements for renewal.
The Arizona Board of Podiatry Examiners Partners with CE Broker
At this time, it is not required that licensees register for an account but the board is encouraging that licensees utilize this tool to assist in the tracking of the required continuing education. The Board is providing this service to licensees at no cost. CE Broker also has a course search available so licensees can search for courses they can complete to be in compliance with the continuing education requirements.
With the free Basic account, you will have access to your Course History. This lists all of the courses you have completed so far so you can easily find and report any CME that might be missing.
Comprehensive Course Search
One of the best tools we offer licensees is our Course Search. You can find every course you need to complete your license renewal. After you are finished with each course, many educational providers will report to CE Broker for you.
Helpful Support Center
Our support center is staffed with experts who have been trained on the rules and regulations of the Arizona Board of Podiatry Examiners. You can reach CE Broker by phone, live chat, or email 8AM-8PM ET Monday through Friday.
Upgraded Account Options
You can also subscribe to Professional or Concierge Accounts, which offer above-and-beyond CME tracking tools. With our Professional account you can access a personal CME Transcript which outlines exactly what requirements you have left to complete. The Concierge account includes your own CE Broker account manager who can guide you through the CME process, step by step.
How Do I Activate My Free CE Broker Account?
Activating your free Basic Account provided to you by your board is a simple 3-step process.
1 | Go to https://cebroker.com/az/plans.
2 | Choose the account option that works best for you. For your free account, choose Basic Account.
3 | Enter your license number and answer a few simple questions, as prompted.
Once you have completed these steps you can start tracking and reporting your continuing education.
How Do I Check My Compliance In My CE Broker Account?
You can check your compliance status in your CE Broker account at any time. Simply log into your CE Broker account and you will be directed to your user dashboard.
At the top of your user dashboard you will see the words “Complete” or “Incomplete” indicating whether or not you have completed and reported all of your renewal requirements for the current renewal cycle.
How Do I Self-Report CE In My CE Broker Account?
You can easily report CME from your CE Broker account by following these steps:
1 | Log into your CE Broker account.
2 | On your dashboard, click Report Hours.
3 | Choose the requirement you would like to report and click Begin next to it.
4 | Fill out some simple information, including number of hours completed.
5 | Attach your certificate of completion.
TIP: You can also report your CME on the go using the CE Broker mobile apps, available for iPhone and Android.