NY DOH Announces Attestation Guidance for Mandatory Pain Management CME

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has recently released attestation information to report completion of the mandated CME Pain Management Course. To be in compliance, prescribers must file the self-attestation by July 1, 2017, and once every three years thereafter. 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 online or in the attached form, accessed by clicking the link below, under "Additional Information."

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 1-866-811-7957. 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.

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:

NYACP, in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, offers a free, online 3-hour course which meets the requirement of this State mandate.
You can read more and access the course here:

Additional Information:
/library/news-media/NEAT Prescriber Instructions 3_30_17.pdf

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