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VOLUME 46, ISSUE 19
ISSUE DATE: October 6, 2014
RULE PROPOSALS

LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
State Board of Medical Examiners


Proposed Amendments: N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.15

Continuing Medical Education
 
Authorized By: State Board of Medical Examiners, William Roeder, Executive Director.
 
Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:9-2.
 
Calendar Reference: See Summary below for explanation of exception to calendar requirement.
 
Proposal Number: PRN 2014-167.
 
Submit written comments by December 5, 2014, to:
 
   William Roeder, Executive Director
   State Board of Medical Examiners
   PO Box 183
   Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0183
   or electronically at: www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/proposal/comment/.
 
The agency proposal follows:
 
Summary

P.L. 2011, c. 145 requires every physician to complete at least two credits of continuing education in topics related to end-of-life care every biennial renewal period as part of the 40 Category I credits currently required. The Board of Medical Examiners (Board) proposes to amend N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.15 to effectuate this requirement.

Provisions in N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.15 deal with continuing education requirements for the biennial renewal period that began on July 1, 2003. As this renewal period ended in 2005 and these provisions are no longer relevant, the Board proposes to amend N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.15 to remove these provisions.

The Board has determined that the comment period for this notice of proposal will be 60 days; therefore, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:30-3.3(a)5, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement.
 
Social Impact

The proposed amendments will promote physicians' awareness of the requirement to consider and protect the end-of-life health care decisions of patients and their representatives. It is expected that patient wishes for end-of-life health care will more often be followed.
 
Economic Impact

The Board does not anticipate that the proposed amendments will have any economic impact. N.J.A.C. 13:35-6.15 already requires physicians to complete continuing education. The proposed amendments will not increase the number of continuing education credits and, therefore, will not impose new costs on physicians.
 
Federal Standards Statement

A Federal standards analysis is not required because there are no Federal laws or standards applicable to the proposed amendments.
 
Jobs Impact

The Board does not believe that the proposed amendments will result in an increase or decrease in the number of jobs in New Jersey.
 
Agriculture Industry Impact

The Board does not believe that the proposed amendments will have any impact on the agriculture industry of this State.
 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

Since physicians are individually licensed by the Board under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (the Act), N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq., they may be considered "small businesses" for the purposes of the Act.

The proposed amendments impose no new costs and the Board does not believe that physicians will need to employ any additional professional services to comply with the requirements of the proposed amendments. The proposed amendments impose no reporting or recordkeeping requirements, but impose compliance requirements upon physicians as detailed in the Summary above.

The proposed amendments ensure that physicians have education as to end-of-life care; therefore, no differing compliance requirements are provided to physicians based upon the size of the business.
 
Housing Affordability Impact Analysis

The proposed amendments will have an insignificant impact on affordable housing in New Jersey and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the proposed amendments would evoke a change in the average costs associated with housing because the proposed amendments concern continuing education standards for physicians.
 
Smart Growth Development Impact Analysis

The proposed amendments will have an insignificant impact on smart growth and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the proposed amendments would evoke a change in housing production in Planning Areas 1 or 2, or within designated centers, under the State Development and Redevelopment Plan in New Jersey because the proposed amendments concern continuing education standards for physicians.
 
Full text of the proposed amendments follows (additions indicated in boldface thus; deletions indicated in brackets [thus]):
 
SUBCHAPTER 6.    GENERAL RULES OF PRACTICE
 
13:35-6.15   Continuing medical education
 
(a) (No change.)
 
(b) Except as provided in [(b)1 and 2 and] (c) below, a licensee applying for a biennial license renewal shall complete[, in each biennial renewal period commencing with the biennial renewal period beginning on July 1, 2003,] 100 continuing medical education credits in Category I or Category II courses, of which at least 40 of such credits shall be in Category I. Commencing with the biennial renewal period beginning on July 1, 2013, two of the 40 credits in Category I courses shall, pursuant to P.L. 2011, c. 145 (N.J.S.A. 45:9-7.7), be in programs or topics related to end-of-life care.
 
[1. A licensee shall be required to complete 50 continuing medical education credits for the biennial renewal period beginning on July 1, 2003, if this section becomes effective on or before July 1, 2004, of which at least 20 credits shall be in Category I courses.
 
i. A licensee who completes credits in excess of the 50 continuing medical education credits required pursuant to (b)1 above may apply no more than 25 of the excess credits to the continuing medical education requirements for the following biennial period only.
 
2. A licensee shall be exempt from the continuing medical education requirements for the biennial renewal period beginning on July 1, 2003, if this section becomes effective after July 1, 2004.]
 
(c)-(k) (No change.)

 

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