BACKGROUND: All prescribing providers caring for TRICARE beneficiaries in military treatment facilities (MTFs) are required to complete the initial opioid prescriber safety training program (OPST) upon starting work in the MTF and every 3 years (or as otherwise directed) afterwards. This on line training had been located at https://opstp.cds.pesgce.com/hub.php as published in Defense Health Agency Procedural Instruction, Number 6025.04, dated, 8 June 2018. The web address was changed in November 2018 to:
Although a message was distributed at that time, the DHA Chief Medical Officer has learned that some MTFs may be referring to the DHAPI in search of this training module. The DHAPI will be updated with the correct web address. However, DHA requests you make widest dissemination of the new web address so that prescribing providers are not impeded in their effort to certify in this required training.
- The web address for the DoD Opioid Prescriber Safety Training Program published in the Defense Health Agency Procedural Instruction, Number 6025.04, dated, 8 June 2018 has changed. The new url is:
- All prescribing providers caring for TRICARE beneficiaries in MTFs are required to complete initial OPST upon starting work in the MTF and every 3 years (or as otherwise directed) afterwards.
- The web address to OPST changed after DHAPI 6025.04 was published. A message was distributed alerting users to the new web address in November 2018, however the DHA Chief Medical Officer has learned that the new web address may not have reached across the entire MHS.
- An update to DHAPI 6025.04 is pending. Until then, please make widest dissemination possible of the new web address for the DoD Opioid Prescriber Safety Training Program.
1. Navy Medicine Education, Training, and Logistics Command (NMETLC) has an unexpected $2.4 million unfunded requirement for operational training. As such, they do not expect to be able to fund any travel or per diem for courses that are centrally funded likeAdvanced Medical Department Officer Course (AMDOC) or the Tricare Financial Management Executive Program. ***This is only for the 3rd/4th Quarters of FY18***
2. For the Medical Corps (MC) specifically:
- This DOES NOT affect MC board certification related training, nor does it affect any GME related training (FTOS).
- This DOES affect CME for those medical officers in non-BSO-18 commands (70% reduction in the remaining travel funds). [a non-BSO-18 command is basically anything that is not a Navy hospital/clinic]
- For MC Officers in non-BSO-18 commands, the remaining 30% is earmarked for those who MUST have CME for licensure. Navy Medicine Professional Development Center (NMPDC) will be the final decision making authority. Of course, a given command may fund CME travel if they choose. There are limited dollars (with no clear relief on the horizon), so the priority will be given to those that truly need the CME and their command cannot fund.
3. There are no additional restrictions for normal CME related travel (i.e. travel funded by the commands or any other source).
4. Remaining FY18 classes will continue to be held for local (National Capital Area) attendees or to anyone else on a no-cost basis, if minimum class size is attained. Commands can fund their staff or members may attend while in a no-cost TAD status at their own expense. Courses primarily impacted will be:
- Advanced Medical Department Officer Course (AMDOC)
- Tricare Financial Management Executive Program (TFMEP)
BUMED hopes that this impact can be somewhat mitigated by alternate funding if available at local commands.
From Chief of Naval Personnel
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced Monday that effective immediately, Sailors will no longer be required to log onto Navy Knowledge Online, Navy eLearning or My Navy Portal to complete General Military Training (GMT) for any topic except Cybersecurity as outlined in NAVADMIN 072/17.
Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke said that during Fleet visits he often hears Sailors say online training is ineffective and impersonal. This effort, he said, is aimed at improving leader engagement opportunity, reducing administrative distractions and addressing Sailor’s frustration with current online training products.
“I want Sailors to know we’ve heard them,” Burke said. “This is about restoring an important leader engagement opportunity – an opportunity to talk about integrity, accountability and character, something today’s online products are missing. There is no doubt this approach will yield an even greater competitive edge for the Navy.”
While there are still annual GMT requirements, individual commands now have the flexibility to complete required training when and how they see fit. Existing training materials will remain on Navy eLearning and My Navy Portal, providing an outline for commands to use.
To maximize training effectiveness, units should look to conduct GMT in small groups, which will allow leaders to engage Sailors with meaningful discussion and focus on character, as part of the Navy’s continuing Fleet-centered leader development.
Going forward, the Navy plans to overhaul GMT and other on-line eLearning products to make them more engaging and personalized, but not at the expense of leadership engagement, Burke said.
While Suicide Awareness, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response training may require a more formal setting, and may benefit from supplementation by existing seminar discussion material available from “Chart the Course” or “Full Speed Ahead” training, other topics such as Records Management, Operations Security, and Privacy and PII, can be conducted at quarters, all-hands calls, divisional training using existing learning objectives and material to elicit discussion to the point that the leader is satisfied that the learning objectives are understood.
While there is no requirement to document the completion of GMT in the Navy eLearning Learning Management System, Commands are encouraged to keep local records. The Cyber Awareness Challenge V4 (DOD-IAA-V14.0) can be found on Navy Knowledge Online, Navy eLearning or My Navy Portal.
To learn more, please view NAVADMIN 072/17.
For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.