Illinois GA passes new CME/CEU requirements for 2020

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The Illinois General Assembly passed new legislative educational mandates for healthcare professionals addressing two pressing issues:

  1. Opioid Safe Prescribing Practices, in response to the current opioid crisis 
  2. Sexual harassment prevention, in response to the #MeToo movement

All licensed healthcare providers should be aware of these requirements as outlined below. The SIU Continuing Professional Development Office is committed to helping you meet these requirements. Several online modules from reputable sources have been compiled below.

Please note that all physician licenses are due for renewal in July 2020 so these requirements must be met by July 2020 as you will have to attest to their completion. These required hours do count toward the required 150 hours of CME for license renewal.

The Illinois State Medical Society is an excellent source for more information on these requirements:

The Requirements

1. Opioid Safe Prescribing Practices (3 hours required)

  • Who: ALL prescribers who are licensed to prescribe controlled substances.
  • Details: Prescribers will have to attest to 3 hours of CME specific to safe opioid prescribing offered by a professional association, state government agency or federal agency.
  • Resources:

2. Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (1 hour required)

  • Who: All professions licensed by the State of Illinois that require continuing education as a condition of re-licensure.
  • Details: Professionals will have to attest to 1 hour of CME specific to sexual harassment prevention offered by a professional association, state government agency or federal agency.
  • Resources:

The Legislative Rule Links

Opioid Safe Prescribing |

Sexual Harassment Prevention |

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