Effective January 1, 2018, prescribing medical providers applying for initial credentialing for SelectNet must complete an educational course on prescribing and managing opioids within the first year of joining the network.
Hospitalists with delegated credentialing are not required to complete Pinnacol Assurance's approved opioid awareness courses. The delegating organization shall verify each group participant meets the organization's credentialing standards.
Network providers must demonstrate successful completion of one of Pinnacol Assurance’s approved opioid awareness courses, as described in Exhibit B of the SelectNet contracts. Failure to comply with the requirement may jeopardize continued network participation.
Courses that meet the requirement will provide proof or evidence of competency for these topics:
- Assessing the patient risk for addiction
- Understanding of drug interactions and opioid tolerance
- Interpreting drug screen results based on opioid metabolism
- Recognizing symptoms of opioid overdose
- Instructing patients on opioid use, alternatives, and side effects.
Within one year of network affiliation, a copy of the course certificate of attendance should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinnacol-recommended opioid courses for providers
Multiple organizations offer courses on opioid awareness, prescribing and management. Pinnacol does not intend to direct the type or duration of medical treatment you may prescribe. We understand you must exercise your independent medical judgment in these matters.
Our goal is to assure safe and effective pain management through education that provides alternatives to opioids, best practices for starting and stopping opioid therapy, screening for at-risk patients and monitoring adherence to therapies.
New SelectNet providers can choose from a variety of courses. Pinnacol recommends several options. The first is a course locally produced by the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health ($49 fee). The second is Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits produced by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (free). These are among the many options available to physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants (see below for additional Pinnacol-approved courses).
For providers who have completed opioid education programs within the past two years, please submit a request to email@example.com for our review. A waiver of the Pinnacol course requirement needs evidence of comparable topics and competency and prior approval from Pinnacol.
Alternate Pinnacol-recommended opioid/pain management courses