Prescribing Controlled Substances

The Prescribing Controlled Substances course has been approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Board of Dentistry and Florida Board of Podiatry as continuing medical education that meets the controlled substance bill (House Bill 21) requirements for biennial license renewal. Prescribing physicians required to take the course have until January 31, 2019, to take it initially.

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Target Audience

All allopathic and osteopathic physicians, dentists and podiatrists licensed in Florida. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the scope of the opioid abuse crisis in Florida.
  • Explain new Florida laws and rules regarding prescribing controlled substances and comply with practitioner requirements under the new regulations.
  • Identify inpatients who would benefit from non-opioid alternatives and non-pharmacological therapies for pain while maintaining optimal patient care and pain management.
  • Implement best practices in the outpatient setting when prescribing controlled substances and consider alternative therapies.
  • Explain the mechanisms of action that trigger addiction in certain patients and not in others.
  • Identify patients at risk of addiction following opioid treatment for acute pain and implement prevention strategies.
Additional information

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Screening ToolNational Institute of Drug Abuse

Patient EducationWhen the Prescription Becomes the Problem

Controlled Substances Bill Frequently Asked QuestionsFlorida Department of Health

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Dentistry
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Bernie Fernandez, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Baptist Health Medical Group
Baptist Health South Florida

Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., FACC, FAHA
Chief Population Health Officer
Baptist Health South Florida

Yvonne T. Johnson, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, South Miami Hospital
Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care Physician
South Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals
Baptist Health Quality Network
Baptist Health South Florida

Rene A. Larrieu, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology
Fellowship-trained in Acute Pain Medicine & Regional Anesthesiology
Medical Staff, South Miami and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals
Baptist Health Quality Network
Baptist Health South Florida

Mike Novo, Esq.
Assistant Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Baptist Health South Florida

Rachel Rohaidy, M.D.
Medical Director, Baptist Health Care & Counseling
Psychiatrist, Baptist and South Miami Hospitals
Baptist Health Medical Group
Baptist Health South Florida

Julian F. Naranjo, M.D.

Chronic Pain Medicine Physician
South Miami, Doctors, Homestead and West Kendall Baptist Hospitals
Baptist Health Quality Network
Baptist Health South Florida

Marie Vital Acle, MPH, MCHES
Manager, CME Programs and Online Learning
Continuing Medical Education
Baptist Health South Florida

Bernie Fernandez, M.D., Jonathan Fialkow, M.D., Yvonne T. Johnson, M.D., Rene A. Larrieu, M.D., Julian F. Naranjo, M.D., Mike Novo, Esq., and Rachel Rohaidy, M.D., indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions.

Marie Vital Acle, MPH, non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note this course is currently approved by the Florida Board of Medicine,  Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Board of Dentistry and the Florida Board of Podiatry to meet relicensure requirements. 


Available Credit

  • 2.00 Florida Board of Dentistry
  • 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 2.00 Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • 2.00 General certificate of attendance

Accreditation Period

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This course is approved for allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, dentists and podiatrists. 

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