Required Course for License Renewal
EDUCATION FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PRESCRIBERS
In Utah, legislation was passed that requires health care providers licensed to prescribe controlled substances to complete 3.5 hours of Department of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) approved continuing education on Schedule II and III controlled substances that are applicable to opioid narcotics, hypnotic depressants, and psychostimulants. (Utah Code Section 58-37-6.5) This required education is intended to reduce the negative effects of controlled substances in Utah.
The UMA Foundation course, CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES: EDUCATION FOR THE PRESCRIBER, is approved by DOPL and available online. You may take the course in one sitting or incrementally and at your convenience from work, home, or any location with internet access. Click here to get instructions on how to begin the registration process or to re-access the course.
Note: In addition to this course, DOPL requires controlled substance prescribers to complete the thirty-minute Controlled Substance Database (CSD) tutorial and examination. This is the same DOPL course that you have already been taking every two years for licensure renewal.
UMA Elects Officers for 2014-15
The UMA House of Delegates elected officers at its annual meeting on September 19-20 at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. Bryce Dee Allred, MD, was installed as UMA President and William L. Hamilton, MD, was elected as UMA President-elect.
Other officers elected at the meeting include the following:
UMA Treasurer: Mark R. Greenwood, MD
Delegate to AMA (Seat 1): Sharon RM Richens, MD
Alternate Delegate to AMA (Seat 1): Jeffrey E. Booth, MD
Honorary President: James R. Fowler, MD
For a complete report of House actions, watch for the October/November edition of Utah Physician.
2014 UMA Physicians of Utah Directory Available
The 2014 Physicians of Utah Directory has been created and has been emailed to UMA Member physicians. The directory file (PDF) is also available on this website to UMA Members (must log first) by clicking the "Physician Referral Directory" link under the Membership tab above. Each UMA member is granted a single concurrent user license to use the Directory file. Members who wish to share the file with other users (office staff, etc.) can purchase additional licenses for 1/2 the regular price. Non-members can purchase a license for the Directory for $70/license.
Full Dues Discount for Choosing Auto Renew
UMA Full Members who do not qualify for any other discount are eligible to save 7.5 percent off their annual UMA dues if they will sign up for Automatic Dues Renewal via an automatic withdrawal from either a checking or savings account. The withdrawal can be set up to occur in either December or January of each year. Those who already qualify for discounted dues can also sign up for auto renewal, but no additional discount is available.
No more invoices, no more nagging, no more worry. Save a tree and sign up for automatic renewal today.
Contact UMA if you have additional questions.
HIPAA Privacy & Security Regs for Physicians
Just when you thought professional regs couldn't get more complicated, more compliance requirements have appeared on the horizon. HIPAA privacy and security rules are now updated and revised. And by the federal government's own admission, the new rules are the most comprehensive set of changes in HIPAA since they were originally adopted.
All covered entities, including physicians who transmit or store potential health information, must be in compliance with these news rules by Sept. 23, 2013. In broad brush strokes, the changes address:
- Notice of privacy practices requirements.
- Disclosure of protected health information (PHI).
- Mandated policies and procedures.
- Business associate agreements.
- Enforcement and penalties.
UMA surveyed members to assess the need for assistance in complying with these new regulations. As a result, UMA has compiled a few local resources that are available to assist:
*(Recommended by one or more survey respondents. UMA has not vetted these sources)