Medical Examining Board Approves Final Telemedicine, Opioid CME Rules

May 02, 2017 1:03 PM | Sally Winkelman (Administrator)

April 24, Wisconsin Health News

The Medical Examining Board approved permanent rules last week that govern the practice of telemedicine and mandate continuing medical education requirements for doctors on opioid prescribing.

The rules are expected to go into effect June 1, Department of Safety and Professional Services staff told board members.

The final telemedicine rule clarifies that a physician-patient relationship can be established through telemedicine and provides guidelines on the use of telemedicine.

The other rule requires doctors renewing their licenses to complete two hours of training on guidelines written by the board that relate to opioid prescribing. Doctors have to complete 30 hours of continuing medical education every two years.