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The Fields of Medicine and Science Never Stop Moving Forward -

The Fields of Medicine and Science Never Stop Moving Forward -

and Neither Should Physicians.
Physicians spend four years in medical school and three to five years in residency training. For the rest of your career, you rely on CME as one of the support systems that helps you drive improvements in practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of patients. Whether you work in clinical care, research, healthcare administration, executive leadership, or other areas of medicine, CME is designed to be relevant to your needs, practice-based, and effective.

Participation in accredited CME helps you meet requirements for maintenance of licensure, maintenance of certification, credentialing, membership in professional societies, and other professional privileges.  The NMA is dedicated to meeting your educational needs.

Please contact our CME Director Meghan Johnson at with any questions you may have.

JANUARY 2021 - DHHS Licensure CME

COVID-19 Continuing Competency Waiver FAQ’s
Information regarding CME requirements for licensure during the pandemic.

CME Required for Renewal
Licenses expire October 1 of every even year, regardless of when the license was issued.
To renew a license you must have earned 50 hours of Category 1 AMA approved continuing education.

DHHS Licensure Page
Phone: (402) 471-2118

1. Controlled Substance CME Requirements

1. Controlled Substance CME Requirements
1. Controlled Substance CME Requirements

Please note: If you have received a packet in the mail from InforMed regarding "2020 Nebraska Medical Licensure Program CME Renewal", this is not from the NMA or DHHS. It is solicitation and the education provided by the NMA & DHHS is free.

All physicians that prescribe controlled substances are required to have 3.0 of opioid prescribing CME completed by the 2020 licensure renewal date.  0.5 hours of this must be on the PDMP and is due to LB731 (full bill located here):

On the renewal form, physicians will be asked if they prescribe controlled substances and to attest that the CME requirements have been completed.  Please note the 3.0 hours required are included in the 50.0 total CME needed for licensure renewal. 

Below are links to the videos and CME assessments to fulfill this requirement:

PDMP (0.5 hours)
  - Video:
- CME Assessment:

Naloxone (0.5 hours)
  - Video:
- CME Assessment:

Pain Management Guidance (1.0 hours)

- Video:
- CME Assessment:


Acute Pain (0.5 hours)
  - Video:
- CME Assessment:

Difficult Conversations (0.5 hours)
  - Video:
- CME Assessment:

Tapering Opioids/Benzodiazepines (0.5 hours)

- Video:
- CME Assessment:


2. Controlled Substance CME FAQ

2. Controlled Substance CME FAQ
2. Controlled Substance CME FAQ

Given the emergency declaration, do I still have to complete this CME for my October 1 license renewal? 
Governor Ricketts signed 20-27 which allows licensees to defer renewal which was originally set for October 1, 2020.  Once the declared emergency ends, DHHS Licensure will have 30 days to send out renewal notices to those that deferred in which licensees will then have 90 days from that point to complete the renewal of their license.  ALSO, licensees who renew their licenses will have the opportunity to waive their continuing competency requirements due to circumstances beyond their control.   To do this, licensees will be asked if they completed their required CME during the renewal application process.  If hours were not met licensees can ask for a waiver and then specifically state why they were not able to obtain those hours and also provide how many hours you were able to obtain.   

It is not guaranteed that these hours will be waived by DHHS given that the resources to complete the 3.0 CME hours have been available long before the pandemic.  

I’m obtaining my initial license, does this requirement apply to me?  
No. If you have or are applying for your initial license, the statue does not apply to you until re-licensure.

I don’t prescribe controlled substances, does this requirement apply to me?  
No. The CME requirement only applies to physicians that prescribe controlled substances.  

Is there a local, free resource available to meet the 3.0 CME hours as outlined by LB 731?  
Yes. DHHS in partnership with the NMA developed enduring videos that can be accessed and watched at any time to meets the criteria in statute.  Once you complete each video you can then complete an attestation that then provides you with a certificate of completion.  To access the free online resources go to  

Can I apply the education provided by Informed toward this requirement?
Yes. Please note that their education may not cover the 0.5 hours on the PDMP as required by LB 731.

Do I need to provide a copy of my CME completion certificate to licensure?  
No. The certificate is for your personal recordkeeping and isn’t provided to DHHS Licensure at renewal.  Licensure may audit to ensure that licensees have completed the proper training so we strongly encourage you to save your CME certificates.  

How do I obtain a copy of my completion certificate?  
If you completed the education provided by DHHS located on the NMA website, please contact Meghan Johnson at

Why doesn’t the certificate have my name or the date I completed listed on it? 
It is okay that your certificates do not have your name and date of completion on them. Please note that the certificates are for your personal recordkeeping and will not be submitted to DHHS Licensure.

Why does the certificate have a valid date that spans three years?
The CME education is valid for three years but the state of Nebraska now requires that you obtain 3 CME hours each renewal period which is every two years. 

How do I notify DHHS Licensure that I have completed this requirement?  
When you complete your license renewal application you will be asked if you prescribe controlled substances and attest that the CME requirements have been completed.  

Whom can I talk to about my license renewal?  
Please reach out to the Dept. of Health & Human Services Licensure Unit on their website, via email, or by phone 402-471-2115.

NMA Accredited CME Provider List

NMA Accredited CME Provider List
NMA Accredited CME Provider List

Bryan Health

Anita Prockish, RN

CME Coordinator

2300 S 16th St
Lincoln, NE 68502

(402) 481-9933

Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Sara Olsen

CME Coordinator

8200 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68114

(402) 955-6070

Faith Regional Health Services

Betsy Feilmeier, RN

Director of Education

2700 W Norfolk Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701

(402) 644-7471

Great Plains Health

Pam Garrick

CME Coordinator

601 W Leota
North Platte, NE 69103

(308) 696-7530

Mary Lanning Healthcare

Brad Lindblad

Director of Provider/Prof Development

715 N St Joseph Ave Hastings, NE 68901

(402) 460-5615

Metro Omaha Medical Society (MOMS)

Laura Polak

CME Coordinator

7906 Davenport St
Omaha, NE 68114

(402) 393-1415

Nebraska Health Network

Mike Romano, MD

CME Director

9140 W Dodge Rd Ste 400
Omaha, NE 68114

(402) 552-3424

Nebraska Methodist College

Kerri Gilson, MSN, RN

Manager, Continuing Education

720 N 87th St
Omaha, NE 68114

(402) 354-7137

Regional West Medical Center

Jason Stratman, MBA, PhD

Education Director

4021 Avenue B
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

(308) 630-1115


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