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How long do I need to keep my CME documentation paperwork?

According to the NC Medical Board CME Rule, records documenting CME hours must be documented by categories for six consecutive years and may be inspected by the Board or its agents.

How do I find my local Area Health Education Center (AHEC)?

Please review the NC Area Health Education Centers website to find your local AHEC.

Can physicians receive CME hours for volunteering at free clinics?

No, physicians can not receive CME hours for voluteering at free clinics.

 

How many CME hours am I required to complete for re-licensure?

According to new CME rules adopted by the NC Medical Board in 2012, all physicians licensed in the state of North Carolina must complete 60 hours of Category I CME over their three-year licensing period unless the physician meets one of the following exemptions:

MOC/recertification exemption: Physicians who are currently engaged in a program of recertification or maintenance of certification (MOC) through an ABMS, AOA or RCPSC specialty board shall be exempt from reporting CME to the NC Medical Board for the three year cycle in which they are involved in recertification/MOC. Licensees who qualify for this exemption will indicate this during annual renewal by selecting “exempt.” There are some important exceptions to this exemption: Physicians who have been “grandfathered” or awarded lifetime certification by an ABMS, AOA or RCPSC specialty board SHALL NOT qualify for the exemption and will be required to report CME.

Initial certification exemption: A licensee who obtains initial certification from an ABMS, AOA or RCPSC specialty board shall be deemed to have satisfied the CME requirement for the three-year cycle in which initial certification was obtained. Licensees who qualify for this exemption will indicate this during annual renewal by selecting “exempt.”

Military service exemption: Physicians who are in good standing with the Board, serving in the armed forces of the United States or serving in support of such armed forces, and serving in a combat zone, or serving with respect to a military contingency operation as defined by 10 U.S.C. 101(a)(13) will be exempt from reporting CME. Licensees who qualify for this exemption will indicate this during annual renewal by selecting “exempt.”

North Carolina legislative service exemption: Physicians who are currently serving as members of the NC General Assembly’s House or Senate Health committees will be exempt from reporting CME hours. These licensees will indicate their exemption during annual renewal by selecting “exempt.”

Read the updated CME rule.

NC Medical Board FAQ’s on CME.

 

Are there any CME activities in my area?

Please check the NCMS Online Calendar of Events. You can also contact your local AHEC, all of the NC AHEC’s are accredited providers and most list their activities on their websites. You can also check the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education website, there is a list of accredited providers under their popular download section.

Can the NCMS help provide speakers for my organization’s meetings?

The NCMS can help identify and provide speakers for meetings of county medical societies, hospital staffs, and other organizations interested in learning about topics, including but not limited to, NCMS accomplishments and current projects, membership and involvement in organized medicine, health policy and legislative updates, payer issues, access to health care for underserved populations, practice management and health information technology, and physician health issues. Speaker participation is typically subject to scheduling availability.

For more information, please contact Director of Communications Elaine Ellis Stone.

 

What is the 2017/2018 Dues Deductibility Statement?

Federal law requires the NCMS to notify members that a percentage of dues paid by members is not deductible in accordance with IRC section 6033 regarding professional dues. Dues to the NCMS and component societies are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes but a portion may be claimed as a business expense.

2017:  NCMS estimates that 13% of your membership dues for 2017 is allocable to lobbying activities of the NCMS, and therefore are not deductible for income tax purposes.

Component societies dues deductibility amounts:

  • NC Dermatology Association: 100% non-deductible
  • NC Dermatology Association: 100% non-deductible
  • NC OBGYN Society: 77% non-deductible
  • NC Orthopaedic Association: 100% non-deductible
  • NC Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons: 35% non-deductible

2018:  It is estimated that 11% of 2018 NCMS dues is non-deductible. Component societies have the same deductibility amounts as 2017 (see above).

 

What is the NCMS Employee Health Benefit Plan endorsed program?

The North Carolina Medical Society launched the North Carolina Medical Society Employee Benefit Plan (NCMS Plan) in 1998 to provide a cost-effective quality solution to medical practices seeking employee benefits for physicians and employees. Marketed exclusively by MMIC Agency, Inc., the NCMS Plan provides medical practices with a value-added plan that is specifically customized to meet practice and employee needs. The NCMS Plan is the only statewide employee benefits plan designed exclusively for North Carolina physicians and their employees. The NCMS Plan offers choices that are unique to the market. For more information about the NCMS Plan visit the NCMS Plan site or call 1-800-662-7917.

The NCMS Plan offers a variety of health programs, including traditional PPOs, High Deductible Health Plans, and programs that can be combined with Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Accounts. The NCMS Plan also provides multiple dental insurance options, underwritten by MetLife Insurance Company, and life insurance programs, underwritten by USAble Life.

The NCMS Plan offers choices to small and large medical practices that other carriers do not. All practices, of any size, may offer up to two health programs to their physicians and employees. Additionally, the NCMS Plan offers unique coverage features like physician and non-physician employee retiree coverage, early retiree coverage, surviving spouse and dependent coverage, and coverage for spouse and dependents of retired physicians, to name a few. For more information about these unique coverage features, visit the NCMS Plan or call 1-800-662-7917.

 

What are the different categories of NCMS membership?

ACTIVE MEMBERS: Active members of the NCMS shall be a person eligible for active membership in The Society who becomes a member upon certification by the secretary of the component medical society to The Society or by direct application to The Society rather than through a component society, provided there is no disapproval by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may consider information pertaining to the character, ethics, professional status and professional activities of the applicant. The Board of Directors shall provide for an appropriate hearing procedure to be provided to the applicant. They shall be entitled to all privileges of the NCMS including the right to vote and hold office.

ADMINISTRATIVE MEDICINE MEMBERS: Administrative Medicine members shall be physicians who work in the state of North Carolina for a healthcare-related facility or organization but do not maintain a North Carolina medical license. They shall pay dues and assessments at the same rate as active members. And shall be entitled to all privileges of the Society membership, except for the right to vote and hold office.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS: Affiliate members shall be physicians serving in the military, based in North Carolina and do not hold a current North Carolina medical license. They shall pay dues ate 66% of the active member dues, and except for the right to vote and hold office, shall be entitled to all benefits of the NCMS.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS: Associate members shall be physicians residing In North Carolina who have been dues paying members of societies which belong to the AMA Federation for at least twenty years, and who are retired. They shall pay dues at 60% of the active member dues; or those who are practicing medicine no more than twenty (20) hours a week. Those physicians who are practicing 20 hours or less per week shall pay dues at 75% of active member dues. All Associate members shall have all the rights and privileges of active members, except they are not eligible to hold office in the NCMS.

DISABLED MEMBERS: Disability exempt members shall be current members of the NCMS whose disability is certified annually by their county society or by their attending physician and who are fully retired from the profession of medicine. They shall be exempt from all dues and assessments and shall have all the rights and privileges of active members except the right to hold office. There are no dues for disabled members.

LIFE MEMBERS: Life members shall be current members of the NCMS who

(a) have retired from the profession of medicine and reached the age of 60 by January 1 of the current year and been physician members of the NCMS for at least 20 years; or

(b) if they have reached the age of 70 by January 1 of the current year and have been physician members for 20 years providing that they have been members of the NCMS for the preceding five (5) years required by the Board of Directors action and shall be entitled to all the benefits enjoyed by active members including the right to vote and hold office except life members who are fully retired from the profession of medicine are not eligible to hold specific offices, as provided in the Bylaws. Interruption of membership by active duty service in the armed forces of our country except on a career basis shall be deemed to be NCMS members during the term of the member’s active service.

NEWLY PRACTICING PHYSICIAN MEMBERS: Newly practicing physicians in their first, second and third years of practice shall be offered membership at the following reductions:

  • First year out of training pays 25% of active member dues
  • Second year out of training pays 50% of active member dues
  • Third year out of training pays 75% of active member dues

They shall have the same rights and privileges of active members including the right to vote and hold office and to receive publications as the Board of Directors or House of Delegates may authorize.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MEMBERS: Physician Assistant members shall be those who upon recommendation for membership by a physician member or another physician assistant member of the NCMS, who is currently approved for practice by the N.C. Medical Board, may be granted membership in the NCMS. Physician Assistant members shall pay dues equivalent to 35% of the active members. They may serve as voting members of committees, and except for the right to hold office, shall be entitled to all the privileges of the NCMS.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDENT MEMBERS: Physician Assistant student members shall be those students who are regularly enrolled in a Physician Assistant degree program in the State of North Carolina. They shall pay dues as determined by the Board of Directors. They may serve as voting members of committees, and except for the right to hold NCMS office shall be entitled to all privileges as active members.

RESIDENT/FELLOW MEMBERS: Resident/fellow members shall be physicians in a training program in North Carolina who hold unrestricted or training licenses to practice in this state, or physicians who are in training in hospitals which are accredited for residency training by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and which is located in the United States outside of North Carolina. They may be admitted to membership in the NCMS directly or through membership in a county medical society for and during the period of time in which they are engaged in training. They shall pay dues as set by the Board of Directors. They shall have the same rights and privileges of active members except the right to hold NCMS office. They may serve on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee if elected as stated in the NCMS Bylaws.

RETIRED MEMBERS: Retired members shall be physicians under the age of 60 who have been active members of the NCMS for at least twenty (20) years and who are fully retired from the profession of medicine. These physicians are exempt from the requirement for a valid North Carolina medical license. Until they become eligible for life membership, retired members shall pay dues and assessments equal to 50% of the active member dues. They shall have all the rights and privileges of active members including the right to vote and hold office except members who are fully retired from the profession of medicine are not eligible to hold specific offices, as provided in the NCMS Bylaws.

SEMI-RETIRED MEMBERS: Semi-retired members shall be current physician members of the NCMS who have been dues paying members of the NCMS for at least 20 years, who are at least 60 years of age, and who continue to be active in the profession of medicine but are working less than 20 hours per week. These physicians shall pay dues equal to 66% of active member’s dues until they become eligible for Life Membership. They shall have the same rights and privileges of active members including the right to vote and hold office except members who are fully retired from the profession of medicine are not eligible to hold specific offices, as provided in the NCMS Bylaws.

STUDENT MEMBERS: Student members may be any student who is regularly enrolled in a college of medicine in the State of North Carolina accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. They shall pay dues as set by the Board of Directors. They shall enjoy all the rights and privileges as active members, except for the right to be an office of the NCMS. They may serve on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee if elected as stated in the NCMS Bylaws. Students may join the NCMS in their first year for all four years of medical school at a reduced rate.

How much are North Carolina Medical Society dues?

Physicians can take advantage of NCMS member benefits for just a little over a dollar a day. Dues are adjusted downward for physicians-in-training and physician assistants.

Want to become part of your county medical society? The NCMS can help there, too, as we collect dues for a number of NC counties. Just fill in the appropriate information on the Membership Application.

Annual Dues

  • $430 – Active physicians
  • $323 – Third Year after Training
  • $215 – Second Year after Training
  • $108 – First Year after Training
  • $151 – Physician Assistants
  • $215 – Retired Physicians
  • $284 – Semi-Retired [physicians 60 years or older, NCMS members for 20 years, and are working less than 20 hours per week]
  • $0 – Life Member [members who have retired at 60 as of January 1 and have been NCMS members for 20 years; or 70+year old physicians who have been members for 20 years]
  • $20 – Resident/Fellow Members
  • $10 – Medical Students
  • $10 – Physician Assistant Students

 

When will I be asked to renew my NCMS membership?

 NCMS membership is based on a calendar cycle, so all memberships expire in December. You will receive your renewal notice in the mail starting in October for the following year. Or you can renew your membership online.

 

Does North Carolina require any certification or licensure for a medical assistant/non-licensed trained staff member? Is there a list of procedures that a medical assistant/non-licensed medical personnel can perform without a certification or license?

No, North Carolina does not required certification or licensure for a medical assistant/non-licensed medical personnel . There is not a list that states what a medical assistant/non-licensed medical personnel can or can not do. The tasks of a medical assistant/non-licensed medical personnel has to be within the scope of their training and under the supervision of a physician.

There is an exemption in the NC Medical Practice Act that allows a non-licensed person to perform certain tasks. This exemption comes at the end of the PA provision exempting PAs (and others) from the practice of medicine (N.C. Gen. Stat 90-18), which reads:

NCGS 90-18 (b) (13) The performance of any medical acts, tasks, functions by a licensed physician assistant at the direction or under the supervision of a physician in accordance with rules adopted by the North Carolina Medical Board. This subdivision shall not limit or prevent any physician from delegating to a qualified person any acts, tasks, and functions that are otherwise permitted by law or established by custom. The Board shall authorize physician assistants licensed in this State or another state to perform specific medical acts, tasks, and functions during a disaster.

NCMS suggests that you contact your medical malpractice insurer to get a risk management perspective.

How many CME hours do I have?

Contact the accrediting organization for the attended activity, usually the local AHEC or hospital. The accrediting organization is responsible for maintaining attendance records and credit hours. If you attended activities from three different providers, please contact all three providers. If you are unsure who the accrediting organization is you can look at any promotional material from the activity, it is required that the organization be listed on all materials.

 
 
 
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