The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) heard a wide variety of testimony regarding proposed telemedicine administrative rules at its monthly meeting Wednesday in Madison. The Wisconsin Medical Society submitted testimony, which distilled feedback on the rule proposal from two separate Society strategic policy councils.
The MEB heard testimony ranging from full endorsement to outright opposition, while the Society’s comments took a more neutral track. Board chair Kenneth Simons, MD, tasked the rest of the MEB to review the many written submissions from the hearing and to be ready for a full—perhaps line-by-line—discussion at its February meeting.
In other MEB actions:
- The Board approved a scope statement allowing work to begin on a new rule requiring physicians to take opioid prescribing education as part of Wisconsin’s biennial 30 CME hours requirement. Likely to require that two of those 30 credits be in the prescribing genre, the MEB must still determine if all physicians will be subject to the requirement. It also must define the requirements of courses that would satisfy the new rule.
- The MEB Board also voted to explore a plan to harmonize timelines for renewing a license and complying with the 30-hour CME period. Currently, medical doctor (MD) physician licenses must be renewed at the end of October in odd-numbered years, while the two-year period for completing 30 hours of CME are the preceding two calendar years. Confusing matters further, doctors of osteopathy (DOs) renew licenses on the last day of February of odd-numbered years. The MEB will work with stakeholders, including the Society, to fix these differences with the least amount of disruption to either the licensing or CME requirements.
- The MEB re-elected its officers to another annual term for 2016. Doctor Simons will continue to serve as MEB chair, Timothy Westlake, MD, as vice-chair and Mary Jo Capodice, DO, as secretary.
Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government and Legal Affairs Department with any questions.
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