Evidence-Based Prescribing: Tools You Can Use to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

opioids-01-(1).jpgTo help prevent prescription drug abuse and protect the health and safety of our communities, the Pennsylvania Department of Health collects information on all filled prescriptions for controlled substances. This information helps health care providers safely prescribe controlled substances and helps patients get the treatment they need.

The more providers that actively use the program, the more robust and effective it will be in curbing unsafe prescribing of controlled substances. Enhancements continue to be made to the system, including integration with the electronic health records (EHRs) and pharmacy management systems of all eligible health care entities in PA. For more information and to start the integration application process, visit the PA Department of Health's Integration page.

Certificate-01-(1).jpgTake Advantage of No-Cost CME-eligible Opioid Education

The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Quality Insights have partnered to provide live and virtual opioid education sessions at no cost to you. All educational modules meet the Medical and Osteopathic Board’s continuing medical education (CME) credit requirement of Patient Safety/Risk Management, and modules 3-7 can be used to meet the PA Act 124 of 2016 CME requirements for opioid education. Please note: A provider cannot use the same module to meet both Patient Safety/Risk Management and Act 124 requirements. 

Sessions also provide 1.0 nursing contact hours (PA only).  

Below are the education modules that are currently available for live and virtual sessions.

Education Modules: 

  •  Module 1: Why Using the PDMP is Important for Achieving Optimal Health
     (online only via TRAIN PA)
  •  Module 2: How to Integrate the Use of the PDMP into the Workflow to
     Make Clinical Decisions
  •  Module 3: Using the PDMP to Optimize Pain Management
  •  Module 4: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

  •  Module 5: Referral to Treatment for Substance Use Disorder Related to
     Opioid Use
  •  Module 6: Approaches to Addressing Patient’s Substance Use Disorder 
  •  Module 7: Effective Opioid Tapering Practices 


approval-01-(1).pngRegistration is Easy

  •  Step 1: View the training session schedule or
     contact Rabecca Dase to schedule a private session.
  •  Step 2: Register for the training session(s) of your
  •  Step 3: Complete the pre- and post-evaluations and
                    attend the session to qualify for CME

How to Get Your CME Credits

  •  Take the pre-evaluation for the relevant module
  •  Attend the entire session 
  •  Complete the post-evaluation for the relevant module

Don't Miss This Opportunity

We ask for your consideration and prioritization of this opportunity and thank you for your dedication to improving the health, safety and well-being of Pennsylvanians. If you have any questions, please contact a Quality Insights representative at