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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

Timeline for Quad-Regulator Opioid Policy

To provide guidance to prescribers and dispensers of opioids, the Quad-Regulator Boards at DORA are collaborating to draft a joint policy 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).  The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first, so the Quad-Regulators are committed to an open process and timeline that allows for full consideration of stakeholder views. To view the policy that will be circulated for Board review and adoption, please click here. Comments and questions may be referred to Cory Everett at cory.everett@state.co.us.

Summer 2013

Separately, Quad-Boards developed policies and/or principles for prescribing and dispensing opioids at Board meetings and stakeholder meetings.

September 2013

Quad-Regulator Conference: Quad Boards met jointly to consider separate policies plus policies from other jurisdictions.

Oct-Dec 2013

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) worked together to merge the four separate policies and practices from other jurisdictions and created first draft of Joint Policy.

January 2014

Legal and science review of draft policy.

February 2014

Draft policy dated 2/20.  Medical Board meetings 2/20 and 2/25.

March 2014

Revised draft dated 3/3.  Pharmacy Board meeting 3/20.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting 3/24.

April 2014

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) worked together to incorporate comments.  Revised draft dated 4/3.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting 4/16.  Dental Board meeting 4/16.  Nursing Board meeting 4/22.



May 2014

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) to work together to incorporate comments.  Revised draft anticipated by 5/16.  Medical Board meeting 5/22.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting anticipated week of 5/26.

June 2014

Deadline for comments on revised draft policy 6/6.  NPATCH meeting 6/6.  Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) work together to incorporate comments.  Anticipated first Board vote on policy -- Medical 6/19.

July 2014

Anticipated Board votes on policy -- Pharmacy 7/17, Nursing 7/22, and Dental 7/24.

"Responsible Opioid Prescribing: A Clinician's Guide" Has Been Revised!

The Federation of State Medical Boards ("FSMB") has recently revised their publication "Responsible Opioid Prescribing:  A Clinician's Guide."  Copies may be purchased from FSMB for $16.95 by clicking here. The price includes up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Additionally, the FSMB has developed in partnership with the Boston University School of Medicine CME office, a free, online education program entitled Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE) of Pain.  The program has been accredited for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA  Category 1 Credits. The program can be accessed by clicking here: SCOPE of Pain.   Please contact Ms. Kelly Alfred at FSMB at 817-868-5160 or Ms. Ilana Hardesty, SCOPE Program Manager, at hardesty@bu.edu for more information or if you need assistance.

Anesthesiologist Assistants

Effective July 1, 2013, persons practicing as an Anesthesiologist Assistant ("AA") in the State of Colorado must be licensed by the Colorado Medical Board.  The application can be found by clicking here and following the instructions.  For information about the requirements for licensure of and practice by AA's please refer to the Medical Practice Act, sections 12-36-106(7) and 12-36-107.3, C.R.S. and Board Rule 510, which can be found by clicking "Laws, Rules and Policies" in the left menu.

Maintenance of Licensure (MOL)

Maintenance of licensure (MOL) is a new process by which licensed physicians periodically provide, as a condition of license renewal, evidence that they are actively participating in a program of continuous professional development that is relevant to their areas of practice.

A partnership of local and national medical organizations is beginning to develop MOL pilot projects in Colorado.  Please click here to read more and join the conversation.  Please take a moment to provide your input by completing this 10 minute survey at www.nbme.org/physician-survey.


Tramadol is now a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.

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

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.

We Changed Our Name!

The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.

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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