Renewal Information for Licensees
ATTENTION VERMONT PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, ANESTHESIOLOGIST ASSISTANTS AND RADIOLOGIST ASSISTANTS!
The 2016 Licensing and Certification renewal period starts October 31, 2015! All PA licenses, AA and RA certifications will expire on January 31, 2016.
Please read these instructions BEFORE you log into the system to begin your renwal.
If you experience problems accessing the elicense system:
- Go to the top of your internet screen and select "Tools"
- Then select "Compatibility View Settings"
- Make sure both of the boxes at the bottom are checked
- Then choose "Add" and this will correct the issue.
Logging Into eLicense
If you currently hold a license in Vermont, you already have an account and do not need to register.
- When you click "elicensing" and arrive at the portal page, LOG-IN to your account with your username and password. If you have forgotten your log-in information, there will be links to click for assistance.
- Please do NOT "Register." The register option is only for new applicants who do not hold a Vermont license.
- Click "Create/Continue Renewal" to start your renewal application.
- To check the status of your application, log into your account and click "Application Status".
- If you have difficulty logging into your account, please call Tracy at 802-657-4223.
Licensees are required to make prompt reports of all forms of adverse information such as discipline by a hospital or other state licensing body, malpractice cases, or arrest.
If you have been the subject of such action and you have not yet reported it to the Board, you must do so now.
Matters that have previously been reported to the Board need not be reported again. You need only review the information in your history to verify that your history is complete.
If there has been a change to a matter previously reported, that change needs to be reported (e.g., a matter previously reported as a pending malpractice case has resulted in a judgment, or has been resolved in your favor).
With regard to malpractice, you must report the following, using Form A:
pending malpractice actions in which you are a named defendant
settlements paid on your behalf
arbitration awards paid on your behalf
judgments entered against you
It is not required to report closed cases for which there was no settlement, arbitration award, or judgment. In other words, you are not asked to list cases that were dismissed or withdrawn with no findings against you and no payments to the complaining party. There is no need to list these closed cases that resolved in your favor, no need to fill out Form A for them, and no need to submit further documentation for them. Again, this applies to cases in which you prevailed or the matter was withdrawn without payment.
Please Note: If you previously reported a case when it was pending, you may report it if it resolved in your favor, but you are not required to do so.
How must it be reported?
For each malpractice claim or case that must be reported per the application and the foregoing, you are asked to:
- list it by date in response to question 112 or 113, as appropriate.
- fill out Form A.
- submit documentation, including the complaint and settlement, release, or other final disposition of the matter.
Again, you are not required to make duplicate reports or submit duplicate information if you have submitted this information in a previous renewal.
Unless there has been a change in a matter previously reported, you need only verify that the matter appears in the history that you may review by logging into your online account.
If you have any questions about whether you need to make a report about something, call the Board at 802-657-4223 or 802 657-4220.
Use of your Social Security Number
The Board is pleased that, since 2014, we have been able to offer applicants for renewal an option to providing their Social Security Numbers on the renewal application form. The Vermont Tax Department has agreed that it is not necessary to collect the SSN for each renewal cycle, and you now have the option to enter all zeroes in the field that asks you to enter your SSN.
Please contact the Board with any questions or concerns you may have about this new option.
Continuing Medical Education
Physicians licensed by the Board of Medical Practice are now required to complete CME for license renewal.
- The general requirement is for thirty (30) hours of AMA PRA Category 1TM credit during the period from December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2016.
- If you were licensed for less than the full period or if you are in the military and were ordered to duty, your obligation may be less.
Except for the two subject-specific requirements discussed below, the general standard for CME is that it “be designed to assure that the licensee has updated his or her knowledge and skills in his or her own specialties and also has kept abreast of advances in other fields for which patient referrals may be appropriate.”
There are two specific subjects identified in the rules, one that applies to all and a second applicable to only those who prescribe controlled substances.
- First, Vermont state law provides that all physician licensees must complete training regarding “fully informed patient choice of treatment options, including treatments such as those offered by hospice, palliative care, and pain management services.” Accordingly, licensees must certify that at least one hour of qualifying CME credit was on hospice, palliative care, or pain management services.
- The second subject-specific requirement is prescribing. If you prescribe controlled substances, at least one of the required hours must be on the subject of safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances. If you have a DEA number, or have a pending application, you are presumed to prescribe controlled substances and must meet this requirement.
You are not required to submit evidence of your activity; you need only certify that you have satisfied the requirements.However, you should maintain your documentation for at least four years as licensees will be subject to audit to verify compliance.