Continuing Medical Competency Requirements – OAR 847-008-0070 Pain Management CME Requirements - OAR 847-008-0075 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Q. Will my continuing medical education (CME) be verified by the Board during the renewal process? A.
The Board randomly selects a portion of its licensees whose CME will be audited. This audit will begin immediately following the renewal period. Do not submit any CME documentation to the OMB unless you are selected for audit. Q. How will I know if my CME is being audited?
If selected for an audit, you will be notified by mail and e-mail. The audit notification will provide direction on how to submit your materials. Q. How much time do I have to respond to the CME audit notification?
Audited licensees have 60 days from the date of the audit notification to provide documentation for CME obtained during the previous
license period. Failure to comply or misrepresentation of compliance is grounds for fines and/or disciplinary action.
Q. What kind of documentation is required to show compliance with the CME requirements?
A. You may fulfill CME requirements through ongoing specialty or national board certification/recertification or by completing the appropriate number of hours of CME relevant to your current medical or acupuncture practice.
If you are engaged in ongoing specialty or national board certification/recertification, OMB staff will verify your certification status directly with your certifying specialty board. Alternatively, for compliance by completing CME hours, each submitted document must include:
• Licensee name
• Date of attendance
• Number and specific type of credits (Example: AMA Category 1 rather than just Category 1)
• Name of the topic of the course
Documentation can be in the form of:
• Certificate of completion
• Hospital print-out
• Letter signed by program administrator
Licensees should retain documentation of specialty or national board certification or completed CME hours in a safe place so that they can be easily produced if the licensee is asked for verification of compliance with the rule.
Q. How many hours of CME do I need?
A. Physicians (MD/DO), podiatric physicians (DPM), and physician assistants (PA) who have held an Active,
Administrative Medicine Active, Locum Tenens, Telemedicine Active, Telemonitoring Active, or Teleradiology Active status for the past biennium are required to have completed 60 hours of CME for the biennium. Please see the rule at the bottom of this page for acceptable kinds of CME credits. Acupuncturists who have held an Active or Locum Tenens status for the past biennium are required to have completed 30 hours of CME for the biennium.
Q. I hold an Emeritus license status. What are my CME requirements for renewing?
A. Licensees with an Emeritus license status must demonstrate compliance with the rule by either ongoing specialty or national board certification or recertification, completion of 15 CME hours per year (physicians, podiatric physicians and physician assistants), or completion of 8 hours of NCCAOM-approved courses per year (acupuncturists).
Q. I have lifetime certification with my specialty board. Do I have to complete CME hours?
A. Yes. Lifetime certification does not fulfill the Board’s requirement of ongoing specialty board certification/recertification. Licensees who have lifetime certification with the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Osteopathic Specialties, the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, or the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine must complete the CME hours described in the rule by the time of renewal.
Q. Are any licensees exempt from the CME requirements?
A. Yes. Licensees who were registered at Inactive status for the previous biennium and are renewing at Inactive status are exempt from the audit. The following licensees are exempt from OAR 847-008-0070:
• Licensees in residency training;
• Licensees serving in the military who are deployed outside Oregon for 90 days or more during the reporting period; and
• Volunteer Camp licensees
Q. If I am selected for audit, what happens if I do not respond to the audit notification?
A. Failure to comply or misrepresentation of compliance is grounds for fines and/or disciplinary action.
Licensees have 60 days from the date of the audit notification to provide documentation of ongoing board certification or completed CME hours. The number of hours and the type of activities must meet the requirements specified in the rule (see OAR 847-008-0070). If, at the end of the 60 days, a licensee is deficient in the number of hours completed or does not provide adequate documentation, the licensee will be fined. The fine will increase if the licensee fails to comply after 120 days. Finally, if the licensee does not comply with CME requirements within 180 days of the date of the audit, his or her license will be suspended for a minimum of 90 days.
Q. Does the CME on pain management required by ORS 409.560 count towards the total CME required?
Yes, if the CME on pain management and/or the treatment of terminally ill or dying patients was acquired in the biennium, it may be used to fulfill the continuing medical education hours required for the audit. See http://www.oregon.gov/OMB/pages/cmefaqs.aspx
Q. Where are the CME rules?