On September 15, 2021, the CME Coalition penned letters of support to Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Rep. David Trone (D-MD) endorsing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 3.0 Act of 2021 (S. 987/H.R. 4341). Introduced in both chambers of Congress earlier this year, this measure would require prescribers of controlled substances to complete their CME course work every three years. It would also provide $5 million toward health education and training grants through the Public Health Service Act (PHSA).
“[The CME Coalition] appreciate[s] that you understand the importance of enhancing physician access to independent continuing education, especially as a means of combating the scourge of opioid abuse, and your leadership is invaluable to us,” wrote CME Coalition Executive Director Andrew Rosenberg. “We further thank you for your support on this important issue and look forward to working with you to drive greater support for the bill, as well as serving as a subject matter resource to you as the legislative process continues.