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Chapter 4 Changes

The Board is proposing changes to its Chapter 4 Rules for the Issuance of Citations. The deadline for comments on these proposed rules is January 26, 2015. You may forward written comments to the Board of Licensure in Medicine at 137 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0137; by fax to (207) 287-6590; or by e-mail to maureen.s.lathrop@maine.gov. Please click this link for the text of the proposed rule. Chapter 4 Proposed Changes (PDF)

Prescription Monitoring Program Registration

Notice: As of January 1, 2014, Maine law requires 90 percent of Allopathic Physicians, Osteopathic Physicians, Dentists, Physician Assistants, Podiatrists, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who are licensed to prescribe scheduled medications must be registered with the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). If less than 90 percent are registered, all licensed prescribers will be required to register by March 1, 2014. To register, please go to the Prescription Monitoring Program website. Download, complete and sign a registration form located within the yellow box. Mail the original form to the address located on the form. Please note there are two types of registration forms available, 1) Data Requester form for active prescribers with a DEA number and, 2) Sub-Account form for assistants/non-prescribing health professionals. More PMP information is available through the website. Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the PMP, please call 207-287-2595.

IMPORTANT NOTICE to Physician Assistants (P.A.s) and to Medical Doctors (M.D.s) who supervise P.A.s in Maine.

The Board Of Licensure In Medicines Chapter 2 Rule governing the medical practice of Physician Assistants in Maine has been revised and finalized and is attached for your review and files.

Following are some of the more important changes to Chapter 2:

At least two documented meetings a year must occur between each Physician Assistant and each of his or her Primary Supervising Physicians. Evidence of all four meetings during the P.A.s two-year licensing cycle shall be included on a document attached to the Plan Of Supervision. See 7, C, 4 on page 10 of the Rule.
Beginning with licenses expiring after April 1, 2013, Physician Assistants will renew their licenses, registrations and authorities every two years by the end of their birth month. Those born in odd-numbered years will renew in odd-numbered years, and likewise those born in even-numbered years. See 4 on page 5 of the Rule. Fees and CME will be pro-rated to accommodate the first transition cycle. Some P.A.s who renewed this year may find, because of a birthdate after March 31 this year and having been born in an odd-numbered year, that they must renew their P.A. license again this year. We acknowledge this and are readily available to make this transition as smooth as possible and request that such affected licensees please work with Board staff to assure ease of transition. Starting in April, we will issue new P.A. licenses, registrations and Schedule II authorities with revised expiration dates based on birth month and year.
The Plan Of Supervision no longer needs to be submitted to the Board, but it must be kept current and on file at the Maine administrative office of the P.A.s practice and must be made immediately available to the Board if requested. The Board may require that the Plan be amended to ensure public safety.
P.A.s who own or have significant financial control of the practice for which they are employed must immediately report as such to the Board. See 7, B, 3 on page 10 of the Rule.

Online Exam – Effective in 2011

The Board has directed that all Active renewing licensees take and pass an open book exam on the Board's licensing rules and policy statements. You must get a score of at least 75% to pass. The exam is online at http://www.docboard.org/me/exam. The exam must be taken every four years by licensees in order to successfully renew their licenses. To avoid application timeout issues, please access and take the exam before you apply to renew your MD license. The exam review materials can be read by clicking here Exam_Review_Materials (PDF):

About the Board

"For the Protection of the Health, Safety and Welfare of the Public."

The Board of Licensure in Medicine is the state agency responsible for protecting the health and safety of the public by determining who may be licensed for medical practice in this state and by regulating the medical practice of those licensees.

The members of the Board are appointed by the Governor. The Board is composed of both physician and non-physician representatives of the public. All members must have been Maine residents for at least five years at the time of their appointment and the physician members must have been licensed and actively practicing medicine in the state.

The Board employs its own administrative and investigative staff and is provided with the legal and investigative staff by the Maine Department of Attorney General.


Online renewals, and Online Change-of Addresses, Phone numbers and E-mail addresses are available for MDs and PAs

Our Online Renewal process is available. MDs and PAs with licenses due for renewal can now renew their license or withdraw the license by going to:

www.maine.gov/online/doclicensing

[NOTE: Please remember that your license number has been converted from the old format of 012345 to the new format of MD12345 and you will need to use the newly formatted number to logon to the online licensing system.]

Licensees who wish to update their address, phone and email information online can also do this at the same site:

www.maine.gov/online/doclicensing

When an MD license is due for renewal, licensees will be receiving a letter notifying them that their license is due to expire. Be sure to look out (or have your staff look out) for your renewal notice letter!

 


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Board of Licensure in Medicine
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Augusta, Maine 04333-0137
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  • RENEWAL FEES INCREASE AS EXPENSES CONTINUE TO OUTSTRIP REVENUES

  • The renewal fee for a physician medical license must increase to $500 every two years, effective for those whose licenses expire in April 2012 and thereafter. This was a difficult decision for the board to make. Even though the renewal fee has remained at $400 for over a decade, necessary operating costs have steadily increased over time.


  • Please read this important message from SAMHSA for colleagues regarding Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Click Here (PDF)!


  • EMERGENCY BOARD ACTIONS ARE AVAILABLE HERE: within 48 hours of the action.

Physician and Physician Assistant Verification to other State Boards

  • Maine-licensed MD's and PA's who are applying for licensure in another state should apply for Maine verifications to be sent to that licensing jurisdiction by logging on to www.veridoc.org . All of the medical boards in the U.S. will accept VeriDoc verifications.

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