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WMC Statement on Proclamation 20-05 relating to MD License CME Requirements

On March 26, Governor Inslee issued an additional proclamation addressing potential regulatory barriers to pandemic response during the COVID-19 crisis in Washington State. The order is in effect for 30 days unless extended by act of the legislature. The amended proclamation 20-32 can be found here.

Section ‘A’ of the proclamation addresses barriers related to license renewal and uninterrupted healthcare services in times of emergency. The Governor’s action has waived the following requirements for allopathic and osteopathic physicians:

  • Seven hours of HIV/AIDS education
  • Maintenance of Licensure requirement options including:
    • 200 hours of CME every four years
    • Becoming board certified in the last four years
    • Obtaining an AMA PRA certificate in two of the last four years
    • Satisfying ABMS Maintenance of Certification requirements
  • Suicide prevention training
  • Compensation limitations for retired active physicians

Additionally, the WMC conducted emergency rulemaking to remove requirements for retired active physicians to encourage their return to practice, effective immediately. The WMC removed the compensation limitation and CME requirements. The two WMC initiated waivers last 120 days or until the Governor rescinds Proclamation 20-05.