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Bill Detail: HB24-1153

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Title Physician Continuing Education
Status House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/25/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors J. Willford (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Health and Human Services
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/30/2024
Summary

The bill establishes a continuing medical education requirement
(CME) for physicians licensed in this state.
To meet the CME requirement, a physician must complete 40
credit hours of CME (CME credit hours) in the 24 months preceding the
renewal, reinstatement, or reactivation of the physician's medical license
in topics selected by the physician and also in topics specified in the bill.
The Colorado medical board (board) shall approve the type and sponsors
of programs or activities that qualify for CME credit hours pursuant to
criteria specified in the bill.
To verify compliance with the CME requirement, the physician
shall affirm on the license renewal form submitted to the board that the
physician has complied with the CME requirement. The board is also
authorized to audit up to 5% of physician renewals annually and to
require that the physician submit proof of the CME programs completed
and the CME credit hours awarded. A physician's failure to comply with
the CME requirement or to submit proof to the board during a board audit
constitutes unprofessional conduct. If the physician fails to comply with
the CME requirement, the physician's license is inactive until reinstated
by the board.
The board may adopt rules to implement the CME requirement.
The director of the division of professions and occupations in the
department of regulatory agencies shall increase existing fees on
physician licensure renewals to cover any additional costs associated with
implementing the CME requirement.

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