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License Requirements

 

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2016 MD Renewals

Licenses for medical doctor are renewed by the department in two groups.  Group 1 licenses will expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on January 31st of every even year.  Group 2 licenses will expire on January 31st of every odd year.  If you have an even year expiration date, you need to start preparing for your upcoming renewal as there are changes in our renewal requirements.

If you are renewing for the first time, you are exempt from the general Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements and are only required to complete two hours of Prevention of Medical Errors and one hour of HIV/AIDS.  Subsequent renewals require 38 general hours plus two hours of Medical Errors.  Every third biennium Domestic Violence CME is required which will be included in the 38 general hours.  Approved providers include any state or federal government agency, nationally affiliated professional association, any provider of Category I American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education; any post graduate training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; and select specialty trainings.  Complete information can be found under the Renewals tab at the Board of Medicine’s website:  www.flboardofmedicine.gov .

The Florida Department of Health has changed the license renewal process.  You are now required to report your CME course completions prior to your license renewal.  Florida’s electronic continuing education tracking system, powered by CE Broker, records and tracks licensees’ compliance with continuing education requirements.  CME hours can be reported into the tracking system at any time during the license biennium.  In fact, in order to avoid any potential delays at renewal, we recommend that the licensee report the CME hours as they are completed if not already reported by the CME provider.

If you have not registered, you may create your CE Broker account by logging into your profile at www.FLHealthSource.gov  and selecting “CE Broker Registration”.   While in your profile, confirm that your current mailing address is on file with the Department to ensure timely delivery of your renewal notification.

When it is time to renew your license, you can do so by selecting “Renewals” on the Board of Medicine’s website and completing a renewal application. During this renewal process, you will be required to complete the Physician Workforce Survey and ensure your Practitioner Profile is up to date.  We do not recommend waiting to renew your license especially considering the mandatory requirements for CME reporting.  Delays in the renewal process could affect your ability to practice medicine if your license is not renewed by the expiration date of January 31st.

For more information on CME reporting requirements, please go to www.ceatrenewal.com .  For any other questions regarding your license and renewal, please refer to the Board of Medicine’s website.  The renewal window will open in early October, so now is the time to determine…. Are You Renewal Ready?


 

 

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The Florida Department of Health will now verify your continuing education records when you renew your professional license. You are invited to join live webinars hosted by the Department so you can better understand this change.

You will learn how the process works and see what happens if you are not fully compliant when you renew. You will also see a demonstration of the continuing education tracking system, including how to create a Free Basic Account, view your course history and report continuing education.

Register for a Webinar

Webinars are approximately 30 minutes and are Eastern Standard Time. To register for a webinar please click on one of the following dates:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 6:00p.m. EST
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 7:00p.m. EST
Thursday, May 14, 2015 9:00a.m. EST
Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:00a.m. EST
Thursday, May 14, 2015  11:00a.m. EST
Tuesday, May 19, 2015  3:00p.m.  EST
Tuesday, May 19, 2015  6:00p.m. EST
Tuesday, May 19, 2015  7:00p.m. EST

Click here for info on Renewal Requirements
Learn more about the renewal process for your license

Are you renewal ready?

How To Become Renewal Ready
Read more here…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2015
Contact: Communications Office
(850) 245-4111

Campaign Aimed at Helping Health Care Professionals Maintain Credentials in Full Swing
TALLAHASSEE—Today, the Florida Department of Health is making a push to remind health care practitioners to report continuing education/continuing medical education (CE/CME) requirements prior to renewing their licenses. By preparing for this new requirement health care professionals can avoid renewal delays.

“The department continues to find ways to reduce regulatory burden so health care professionals can focus on providing patient care,” said Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Because the law now requires medical professionals to report their specific continuing education credits at the time of license renewal, the Florida Department of Health has provided an online reporting system to make the transition as seamless as possible.”

The CE/CME electronic tracking system, powered by CE Broker, records licensees’ credits and prompts completion before renewing a license. The system is designed to be convenient and to simplify the reporting process. Health care practitioners can check the status of their CE/CME hours at any time by visiting https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/mqaservices/login.asp.

Starting with license renewal cycles in 2015, health care practitioners must report continuing CE/CME course hours to renew their licenses, as required by the Florida Legislature. The first groups of health care practitioners to report include dietitians, nutritionists, nutrition counselors and registered respiratory therapists, certified respiratory therapists, and respiratory practitioners (both critical and non-critical care). Licensees in all professions have received information over the past two years explaining their upcoming requirements.
To view Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Armstrong’s video message about the “Are You Renewal Ready” campaign, please visit http://youtu.be/dKscaPyWSXM.

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Working in conjunction with 22 boards and six councils, the Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) regulates seven types of facilities and 200-plus license types in more than 40 health care professions. MQA evaluates the credentials of all applicants for licensure, issues licenses, analyzes and investigates complaints, inspects facilities, assists in prosecuting practice act violations, combats unlicensed activity and provides credential and discipline history about licensees to the public.

The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.


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The Florida Department of Health will now verify your continuing education records when you renew your professional license. You are invited to join live webinars hosted by the Department so you can better understand this change.

You will learn how the process will impact your license renewal.  You will also see a demonstration of the continuing education tracking system, including how to create a Free Basic Account, view your course history and report continuing education.  Participants will be able to ask questions at the end of the session.

Webinars are approximately 30 minutes and are Eastern Standard Time. To register for a webinar please click on one of the following dates:

Thursday, January 8, 2015 10:00a.m. EST

Thursday, January 8, 2015 11:00a.m. EST

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 2:00p. EST

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 3:00p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4:00p.m. EST

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:00.a.m. EST

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:00a.m. EST

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 2:00p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 4:00p.m. EST

If you are unable to attend one of the dates above please visit www.FLHealthsource.gov to learn more about the CE/CME integration project.

Regulation Regarding CME Requirements

 64B8-13.005 Continuing Education for Biennial Renewal.
(1) Every physician licensed pursuant to Chapter 458, F.S., shall be required to complete 40 hours of continuing medical education courses approved by the Board in the 24 months preceding each biennial renewal period as established by the Department.
(a) As part of every third biennial renewal licensure period, all licensees shall complete two (2) hours of training in domestic violence which includes information on the number of patients in that professional’s practice who are likely to be victims of domestic violence and the number who are likely to be perpetrators of domestic violence, screening procedures for determining whether a patient has any history of being either a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence, and instruction on how to provide such patients with information on, or how to refer such patients to, resources in the local community, such as domestic violence centers and other advocacy groups, that provide legal aid, shelter, victim counseling, batterer counseling, or child protection services, and which is approved by any state or federal government agency, or nationally affiliated professional association, or any provider of Category I or II American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education. Home study courses approved by the above agencies will be acceptable.

Click here to review entire regulation – 64B8-13.005 Continuing Education for Biennial Renewal>>>

 

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Reporting, Becoming a Provider, Requirements & Information

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, will now review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system at the time of renewal. It will happen automatically when you renew your license, but it is important that you understand how this simple change will affect the way you renew your license in the future. If the practitioner’s continuing education records are complete, they will be able to renew their license without interruption. If the practitioner’s continuing education records are not complete, they will be prompted to enter their remaining continuing education hours before proceeding with their license renewal.

Click here to for information on Continuing  Education – Reporting, Becoming a Provider, Requirements & Information>>

Important Information for Health Care Practitioners: The Department will now review your continuing education records in the electronic tracking system at the time of renewal. It will happen automatically when you renew your license, but it is important that you understand how this simple change will affect the way you renew your license in the future.
Click Here to learn more about the changes in our renewal process>> http://www.flhealthsource.gov/

Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) Services
ONLINE SERVICES – ACCOUNT LOG IN  – https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/mqaservices/login.asp?mult=&pass=Y

 

 


 

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Help Center / What constitutes an acceptable Prevention of Medical Errors course?

According to Rule 64B8-13.005(1)(c), F.A.C., a course on the prevention of medical errors should include “a study of root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety, and which is approved by any state or federal government agency, or nationally affiliated professional association, or any provider of Category I or II American Medical Association Continuing Medical Education. One hour of a two hour course which is provided by a facility licensed pursuant to Chapter 395, F.S., for its employees may be used to partially meet this requirement. The course must include information relating to the five most mis-diagnosed conditions during the previous biennium, as determined by the Board. While wrong site/wrong procedure surgery continues to be the most common basis for quality of care violations, the following areas have been determined as the five most mis-diagnosed conditions: cancer related issues; neurological related issues; cardiac related issues; timely responding to complications during surgery and post-operatively; urological related issues.

As the renewal period for licenses expiring January 31, 2015 continues, it is important to remember that this is the last renewal period in which CME reporting through CE Broker will be optional for Group 2 renewals. Beginning with the February 1, 2015-January 31, 2017 biennium, reporting CME through CE Broker will be Mandatory. Reporting through CE Broker is already mandatory for Group 1 renewals in the February 1, 2014-January 31, 2016 biennium. For more information about CME reporting through CE Broker, please visit http://www.ceatrenewal.com/.

Additionally, if you are having difficulty fulfilling your CME requirements for renewal, please keep in mind that, unfortunately, the Board of Medicine does not have the authority to grant CME hardship exemptions. A license cannot be renewed without proof of completion of all CME requirements, so please be mindful of this as the biennium comes to a close.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, or any other matter, please contact the Board Office at (850) 245-4131 or MQA.Medicine@flhealth.gov.

Click here  to see the Renewal Requirements, Process, Fees and Continuing Medical Education (CME) for a Medical Doctor.

 


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See the License Requirements from the Florida Department of Health website.

 

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visit CE@Renewal.com to learn more about the new approach to license renewal.  You can also visit the Department of Health’s website at www.FLBoardofMedicine.gov for specific continuing education requirements and renewal information for your Profession.

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