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DC Health: 2018-19 Renewals for DC Physicians and Allied Health Prof.

Monday, August 6, 2018  
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2018-2019 Renewals
DC Board of Medicine, August 3, 2018

The following was an email blast from Frank Meyers, Executive Director, DC Board of Medicine

*** EMAIL BLAST ***
DC BOARD OF MEDICINE

Dear Licensee,
As you already know, 2018 is a renewal year for all licensees of the Board of Medicine. Staff is working towards having the online renewal system up and running sometime in early October. While we are not yet accepting renewal applications, the below information is being sent to assist licensees in preparing for the renewal process. Please be sure to check your emails in the coming months for further information on this years renewals, as well as checking the Board of Medicine's website at https://dchealth.dc.gov/bomed.

ONLINE RENEWALS
This year the Board of Medicine will be utilizing a new online renewal system. Once the new system is online, a link will be shared with all licensees to use in submitting their application. The goal of this new system is to provide a more streamlined and efficient renewal process that is both user friendly and easy to use. More information on this topic will be forthcoming as we approach the beginning of renewals in October.

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
In order to renew a license, licensees must complete the necessary amount of continuing education (CE) credits. Below is a list of the current CE requirements for reach profession regulated by the Board of Medicine:
• Physicians (MD/DO) - Fifty (50) hours of CE every two (2) years, which includes three (3) hours in the subject of HIV/AIDS, two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency, and at least one (1) course in the subject of pharmacology.
• Physician Assistants (PA) - One hundred (100) of CE every two (2) years, which includes includes three (3) hours in the subject of HIV/AIDS and two (2) hours in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency. PAs may substitute NCCPA certification for the one hundred (100) hours, however, they will still be required to complete the required hours of CE in the subject areas of HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ cultural competency.
• Surgical Assistants (SA) - Fifty (50) hours of CE, which includes two (2) hours of CE in the in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency. SAs may substitute certification from ABSA or the NSAA, if said certification required the completion of fifty (50) hours of CE with the two (2) year period proceeding renewal. However, they will still be required to complete the required hours of CE in the subject area of LGBTQ cultural competency.
• Anesthesiologist Assistants (AA) - Hold certification with the NCCAA, or its successor organization, as well as having completed at least two (2) of CE in the in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
• Acupuncturists (ACU) - Currently no CE requirements exist for Acupuncturists in the District.
• Polysomnographic Technologists - Fifty (50) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
• Polysomnographic Technicians - Twenty (20) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
• Trauma Technologists - Fifty (50) hours of CE, which includes at least two (2) hours of CE in the subject of LGBTQ cultural competency.
Regarding the LGBTQ requirements, below is a list of courses available to licensees who still need to meet this requirement:
• National LGBT Health Education Center - A Program of the Fenway Institute
• Human Rights Campaign Foundation

For physicians and physician assistants who need to complete at least three (3) hours of CE in the subject of HIV/AIDS, you can find a list of potential courses on the DC Health website here.

WORKFORCE SURVEY
The Board will again be including the Workforce Survey for Physicians and Physician Assistants. The information provided in this survey is instrumental to the District in analyzing the state of healthcare in the District. While many of the questions in the survey will be repeats of prior years, there will also be new questions designed to gather useful information for the Department of Health (DC Health). We encourage all physicians and physician assistants to complete the survey when it goes live with the renewals, and we greatly appreciate your efforts in doing so.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM

Lastly, I would like to remind all physicians of the District's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The PDMP aims to improve the District’s ability to identify and reduce diversion of prescription drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of controlled substances; and to enhance patient care by providing prescription monitoring information that will assure legitimate use of controlled substances in health care, including palliative care, research and other medical and pharmacological uses. DC Health strongly encourages all practitioners enroll and utilize the PDMP, but especially those practitioners who regularly prescribe controlled substances. More information about the DC PDMP, including how to register, can be found online at https://dchealth.dc.gov/vi/service/prescription-drug-monitoring-program.

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
The Board of Medicine is working hard to ensure a smooth and efficient renewal process this year. Please be sure to check your emails in the coming months for further information on this year's renewals, as well as checking the Board of Medicine's website at https://dchealth.dc.gov/bomed.

Thank you.
Frank B. Meyers, JD
Executive Director
DC Board of Medicine

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