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Colorado Medical Board

Karen McGovern, Program Director

Consumer Protection is our Mission.

The Colorado Medical Board (CMB) was instituted as part of the Medical Practice Act for the purpose of regulating and controlling the practice of healing arts, which include establishing and enforcing the licensing standards for Medical Doctors (M.D.s), Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.s), Physician Assistants (P.A.s), and Anesthesiology Assistants (A.A.s). Licensure is mandatory to practice medicine in Colorado or to treat Colorado patients. Exceptions exist for the Veteran’s Administration, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Department of Defense physicians and other licensed healthcare providers. Please review the Medical Practice Act for additional information regarding exceptions.

The CMB is a Type I Board, which means that it is policy autonomous and comprised of professional and public members (eight M.D.s, three D.O.s, one P.A., and four public members). The CMB also investigates the unlicensed practice of medicine. It does not, however, have authority to arbitrate or adjudicate fee disputes. The decisions made by the CMB are not subject to administrative review.

DORA’s mission is to protect the public and the CMB accomplishes this task by ensuring that licensed professionals are acting in accordance with the standards of care outlined in the Medical Practice Act.


News Items

"Medical Records Take-Back"

The practice of Dr. Richard A. Barber, DO., formerly located at 6795 E. Tennessee Ave, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80224, is closed.
Due to rare and unforeseen circumstances, the Colorado Medical Board will facilitate a “Records Take-Back” to provide an opportunity for the former patients of Dr. Barber to retrieve any personal medical information remaining at Dr. Barber’s practice.  
Records may be obtained by sending a written request to dora_medicalboard@state.co.us with “Dr. Barber’s records” in the subject line.  We will accept records request through August 22, 2015. Once all requests are in, the records will be made available for pick-up at a date and location to be announced.
Records will only be released to the actual patient who must present a valid, photo identification.  If a patient wishes to send a proxy, the proxy must present a signed and notarized records request from the patient.  Parents may retrieve their minor children’s records with valid identification.
WHAT:             Dr. Barber’s Medical Records Take Back
WHO:              Former Patients of Dr. Richard A. Barber, D.O.                     
WHEN:            Written Requests for records will be accepted through August 22, 2015.

QUESTIONS:  DORA_medicalboard@state.co.us or 303-894-7731



Telehealth Policy Timeline

Notice Meeting June 5, 2015
Stakeholder Meeting June 30, 2015
Stakeholder Comments Deadline July 13, 2015
Board Policy Workgroup Meeting Week of July 20 or 27, 2015
Policy to Full Board for Consideration August 21, 2015


Attention DEA-registered Practitioners:

Pursuant to House Bill 14-1283 (now CRS 12-42.5-403), all Colorado licensed practitioners who possess an individual DEA registration are required to register an individual user account with Colorado's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The deadline to register a PDMP account has now passed and DEA-registered physicians still have not achieved 100% registration as required by law. Registration takes about 5 minutes. If you have not yet registered an account, please do so now at www.hidesigns.com/copdmp.

If you already have an account, you may consider adding delegated sub-accounts for members of your team to check the PDMP on your behalf. Learn more - www.hidesigns.com/copdmp. Should you have questions regarding how to register a PDMP account, please contact the PDMP Help Desk at 1-855-263-6403.


Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention:

Stay up to date on the latest guidelines, training and resources for the management of chronic pain patients, and the safe use, safe storage and safe disposal of prescription medications to help reduce prescription drug abuse in Colorado. See below for resource links:

Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention:

Online toolkit:


Provider Online Course: www.PainManagementCME.org

Medicaid Pain Resources Page: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/pain-managementresources


Board Adopts New Opioid Policy, effective July 24, 2014

The Board adopted a new policy for the Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids, part of a collaborative effort with the Quad-Regulator Boards as one part of a statewide solution to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse. The Quad-Regulator Boards include the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, and the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, facilitated by the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH). Other boards that license prescribers of controlled substances also adopted the policy including the State Board of Optometry and the Colorado Podiatry Board while the State Board of Veterinary Medicine endorsed the policy.

The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first. For that reason, the policy was drafted through an open process that allowed for full consideration of stakeholder views through multiple public meetings from February to July 2014.

To view the policy that was unanimously adopted by the Quad-Regulators and other boards, please click here


Free CME on Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids

Free CME on Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids In collaboration with several partners, the FSMB and the FSMB Foundation have developed a free online education program entitled Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioids: Assessing Risks, Safe Prescribing. The program, which consists of six (6) thirty-minute modules, has been accredited for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ or AOA Category 2B Credits(s). The program can be accessed by clicking here. Please contact Ms. Kelly Alfred at kalfred@fsmb.org


CDPHE developing Electronic Death Registration System 

Please read here for more information.


Controlled Substances Re-Classified

  • Effective October 6, 2014, Hydrocodone will be re-classified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance. Please read here for more information.

  • Effective August 18, 2014, Tramadol will be classified as a Schedule IV Controlled Substance. Please read implications for prescribers and pharmacies here.


You may be a Mandatory Reporter

Effective July 1, 2014, all individuals listed as mandatory reporters must report suspected physical or sexual abuse, exploitation, and caretaker neglect to law enforcement within 24 hours of the observation of the mistreatment.

Further information and the list of mandatory reporters can be found on the Colorado Department of Human Services web site to include an online training on the reporting


NPATCH- Nurse-Physician Advisory Taskforce for Colorado Healthcare

NPATCH, the Nurse-Physician Advisory Taskforce for Colorado Healthcare, addresses issues of mutual concern in the practices of nursing and medicine. Visit this web page
for more information


Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

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