Due to legislation passed in 2015, medical professionals, including physicians and physician assistants, are now required to complete a one-time, six-hour training related to recognizing suicide risks in patients.
The training must be taken by the end of the first full CME reporting period after January 1, 2016 or during the first full CME reporting period after initial licensure, whichever is later. For example, if an MD’s reporting period expires in 2016 he/she will have until their birthday in 2020 to take the training. If a PA’s reporting period expires in 2016 he/she will have until their birthday in 2018 to take the training.
The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is offering training that meets the CME requirement Friday, Oct. 13 at the Seattle Airport Hilton. The training is free for WSMA members and PI insureds. The cost for others is $150. Register here. The training will be held in conjunction with the WSMA Annual Meeting and House of Delegates.