The State Legislature took swift action Tuesday approving Medical Examining Board-requested legislation affecting prerequisites for obtaining a Wisconsin medical license. Both the State Assembly and State Senate approved Senate Bill 579, which changes the amount of postgraduate education required for full license qualification from 12 months to 24 months. The opportunity for full licensure after 12 months is still possible with an unqualified endorsement from the applicant’s postgraduate training program director.
The bill also sunsets the Temporary Educational Permit process, instead allowing medical school graduates to qualify for a Resident Educational License. This change will allow clinics and systems to more easily qualify for federal “meaningful use” incentive payments, designed to promote more widespread use of Electronic Health Records.
Both houses approved SB 579 on voice votes; the bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for final approval.
On Wednesday the Medical Examining Board held its monthly meeting in Madison. The agenda held the usual combination of discipline and licensing items, including some of particular note:
- The MEB heard a presentation from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on efforts to glean demographic and workforce information via physician licensing information obtained as part of the renewal process. While the MEB understands the value of such data, it appears hesitant to put a new requirement on physicians when applying for a license renewal. The Society will continue to monitor this FSMB effort.
- Department staff were asked to explore whether the MEB has the statutory authority to create a process of screening physicians looking to reenter the medical field after substantial time away from practice.
- The updated administrative code provisions related to supervision of physician assistants, MED 8, will take effect March 1. Other administrative rules changes in progress include one to create more regular audits of Continuing Medical Education (CME) compliance and updating the code to reflect the new physician informed consent law.
Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations department with any questions.
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