Florida tracks physician CME online
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 16, 2004
Florida's Dept. of Health now has the ability to electronically track physicians' CME credits for relicensure.
Half of the physicians licensed in Florida must renew their license before Jan. 31, 2005. CE Broker, which maintains continuing education records for Florida's physicians, partnered with Medical Directions to allow physicians to take online continuing medical education courses from a number of providers and automatically transfer those credits to the state tracking service.
Medical Directions says this is the first statewide system for sending online CME data directly to a physician's licensure records. John Harris Jr., MD, the president of Medical Directions, said this was a big step for online CME.
Florida requires physicians to complete 40 hours of AMA Physicians Recognition Award category 1 CME credits during their two- or three-year licensure term. The 40 hours must include one hour on HIV/AIDS, one hour on domestic violence and two hours on prevention/reducing medical errors.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/08/16/prbf0816.htm.