In Michigan, pharmacists are required to earn:
- 10 hours of live Pharmacy Continuing Education (PCE) credit
- One hour of pain and symptom management PCE credit
Both requirements are inclusive of the 30 hours normally earned. Michigan pharmacists are not required to obtain pharmacy law continuing education credit. State regulations mandate that pharmacists cannot earn more than 12 hours of PCE credit in a 24-hour period of time.
Certified pharmacy technicians are required to earn:
- Five hours of live continuing education (CE) credit
- One hour of patient safety CE credit
- One hour of pharmacy law CE credit
- One hour of pain and symptom management CE credit
Both requirements are inclusive of the 20 hours normally earned.
Identifying victims of human trafficking:
- According to state law, both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must complete a course on identifying victims of human trafficking. This course does not have to be accredited for continuing education credit, but all applicants for renewal must receive a certificate of completion from the course. This certificate of completion can be requested by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs when processing a licensee’s renewal application.
CPE Monitor is a national, collaborative effort by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to provide an electronic system for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to track their completed continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. It also offers Boards of Pharmacy the opportunity to electronically authenticate the CPE units completed by their licensees, rather than requiring pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to submit their statements of credit upon request or for random audits. Click here to access a one-page fact sheet on CPE Monitor
CPE Monitor provides a secure, central system (available 24/7) that maintains and tracks all ACPE-accredited CPE credits. This process will eliminate the need for pharmacists to file and maintain hard copy statements of credit for CPE activities received by MPA or any other ACPE provider. Instead, online access to their inventory of completed credits will allow pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to easily monitor their compliance with CPE requirements and print statements of credit.
CPE Monitor became fully operational on Jan. 1, 2013. To obtain your e-Profile ID, visit MyCPEMonitor.net.
Pharmacists or pharmacy technicians with questions regarding their NABP e-Profile or CPE Monitor, have trouble obtaining their e-Profile ID number or who wish to opt out of providing their social security number should refer to the NABP Web site at NABP.net; contact NABP Customer Service via e-mail at custserv@NABP.net; or call (847) 391-4406.
Fraud, Waste and Abuse Training
Additionally, based on regulations found in the Medicare Part D Program to Control Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all individuals employed by the pharmacy who have any interaction with a Part D beneficiary to receive specialized compliance training (pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, cashiers, drivers, etc.) Training must be completed yearly to meet the requirement (Jan. 1-Dec. 31). Training completed prior to Jan. 1 does not meet the requirement for the next calendar year. A record of all fraud, waste and abuse training must be maintained for a minimum of 10 years and be made available to CMS upon request. Several Part D plan sponsors have requested documentation of pharmacy staff training. Continuing education programs covering the topic of Medicare Part D and FWA may qualify for compliance training.
In February 2013, CMS announced changes to its FWA training module. The program is now comprised of two parts: FWA training and general compliance training. The updated training satisfies the regulatory requirement for effective training and education (42 C.F.R. §§ 422.503(b)(4)(vi)(C) and 423.504(b)(4)(vi)(C)). For additional information or to access the program, visit the CMS Web site and click on Medicare Parts C and D Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Training and Medicare Parts C and D General Compliance Training under 'Downloads.'
Michigan Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. In addition, Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education (PTCE) is provided exclusively through Michigan Pharmacists Association. PTCE is not in any way related to ACPE accreditation.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Farrington, MPA director of continuing education, at Mary@MichiganPharmacists.org