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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.
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
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.
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:
Provider Online Course: www.PainManagementCME.org
Medicaid Pain Resources Page: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/pain-managementresources
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
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
Please read here for more information.
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.
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, 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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