CME rule update: major changes to annual requirements

Revised physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) rules are in effect as of August 1. The revised rules (21 NCAC 32R - .0101 - .0105) which received final approval by the NC Rules Review Commission in July, include significant changes to the previous requirements. Licensees should ensure that they are familiar with the new rules and schedule planned CME activities accordingly. Significant changes include:

The revised rule eliminates the requirement to document any Category 2 CME hours but maintains the requirement to earn at least 60 Category 1 CME hours over a three-year period. The Board encourages licensees to participate in CME, whether Category 1 or 2, above and beyond the minimum required hours, as their time permits.

The revised rule exempts licensees who can document current participation in an ABMS- or AOA-approved Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program from reporting any CME hours to the NCMB. This change reflects the Board’s acknowledgement of the significant effort and investment in practice-relevant training/education involved in pursuing MOC. Please note that licensees who have been “grandfathered” or awarded lifetime certification by a qualifying board shall NOT be exempt from the requirement and must report CME.

Read the revised rule (track changes version) Underlined text represents new language; strikeout text represents language that has been repealed.

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