OLD LYME, CT — JANUARY 24, 2014 — The France Foundation, along with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), FSMB Foundation, and CECity have been awarded a grant to educate health care providers on the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) for extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This program will be dedicated to offering both live and online education meeting criteria set forth by the FDA for the ER/LA opioid REMS. The grant was awarded by the REMS Program Companies (RPC), a consortium of opioid manufacturers responsible to the FDA.

Over the next year, The France Foundation will work with the collaborators on the project to allocate 25 grants to state medical boards who will work with their unique state partners to educate ER/LA opioid prescribers in their states on responsible ER/LA opioid prescribing. Additionally, a series of 6 online modules are planned to allow for self-directed learning which also will meet the requirements set forth by the FDA. Through these strategic educational opportunities UNMC, The France Foundation, FSMB, and CECity expect to provide this valuable information to over 8,700 ER/LA opioid prescribers.

"Prescription drug abuse and misuse is a growing problem in the United States and The France Foundation’s role in this project allows us to make a difference by educating clinicians on the importance of effective and responsible opioid prescribing." said Ted Bruno, MD, Chief Medical Officer at The France Foundation.

About The France Foundation
Since its inception in 1999, The France Foundation has been at the forefront of planning, developing, and implementing multidisciplinary accredited medical education. TFF specializes in curriculum-based education and in educational collaborations that improve providers’ knowledge, competence, and practical performance to ultimately improve the care practices provide. The France Foundation is accredited with commendation by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) and by the ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) to provide CME credit for physicians and pharmacists respectively.

For more information please go to www.francefoundation.com.

About the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education
The mission of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education is to support the continuing professional development of healthcare professionals within Nebraska, the region, and the nation. The content of the educational programs sponsored by the UNMC Center for Continuing Education includes primary care, specialty and sub-specialty topics as well as other professional development activities. The UNMC Center for Continuing Education sponsors a variety of activities including regularly scheduled series, courses, and enduring materials.

About the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the FSMB Foundation
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national non-profit organization representing the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the US and its territories. The FSMB leads by promoting excellence in medical practice, licensure, and regulation as the national resource and voice on behalf of state medical and osteopathic boards in the protection of the public.

To assist its efforts, the FSMB launched the Federation of State Medical Boards Research and Education Foundation (FSMB Foundation) in 1980. The FSMB Foundation is a supporting non-profit organization to the FSMB that expands knowledge and awareness of issues of importance to state medical boards, the public and the medical profession.

About CECity
CECity.com, Inc. ("CECity") was founded in 1997 by a team of healthcare professionals who envisioned creating the premier web-based technology platform and services for the advancement of continuous professional development (CPD) in the health professions. Today CECity is widely recognized as the healthcare industry’s leading Software as a Service (SaaS) provider for technology platforms and distribution networks for continuing medical education (CME), maintenance of certification (MOC), performance improvement (PI and PI-CME), quality reporting/provider incentive programs (eg, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)), community of practice solutions, lifelong learning portfolios, and patient safety. CECity’s web-based application platforms have revolutionized online medical education and performance improvement, and serve as the backbone for more than one hundred (100) private and public professional portals, supporting over 2.3 million healthcare professional participants.

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