Policy and Medicine (08/09/2019) Sullivan, Thomas
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont last month approved a bill on continuing medical education (CME) requirements for Alzheimer's disease, to be enacted on Jan. 1, 2020. Present CME provisions for Connecticut-licensed physicians include a mandate to complete one hour minimum of CME relating to behavioral health during each CME period, while advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) must complete at least two hours of CME on mental health conditions often seen in veterans and their families. The new law stipulates that doctors can meet behavioral health CME requirements by completing at least two hours of training directed to "diagnosing and treating ... cognitive conditions, including ... Alzheimer's disease, dementia, delirium, related cognitive impairments, and geriatric depression." Physicians also can fulfill CME mandates by completing at least two hours of training on "diagnosing and treating ... mental health conditions ... common to veterans and family members of veterans." The revisions add that APRNs can complete two or more hours of training towards their CME requirement directed to "mental health conditions common to veterans and family members of veterans" for "diagnosing and treating cognitive and mental health conditions, including ... Alzheimer's disease, dementia, delirium, related cognitive impairments, and geriatric depression."