Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners

Mission Statement: The mission of the Board of Medical Examiners is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent health professionals and by the regulation of the related practices to promote the delivery of quality health care. 

Information about Emergency Care Providers: Please click here to reach the ECP area of this website.

Information on the Montana Prescription Drug Registry fee for prescribers: All Board of Medical Examiners’ licensees with the authority to prescribe controlled substances will be assessed the $30/year statutory fee for support of the Montana Prescription Drug Registry (MPDR) when they renew their licenses. 

This fee will be included in the online renewal process at the time of fee payment and will be included on printed renewal forms. Licensees who are exempt from the fee can note that fact during the online renewal process or on a renewal form.

The assessment of fees for the MPDR is stated in MCA 37-7-1511. The 2015 Montana Legislature increased the fee from $15/year to $30/year as of July 1, 2015.

If you have questions about licenses and requirements for forensic medical examiners, morticians, coroners, crematory operators or technicians see Board of Funeral Service


The Board of Medical Examiners makes every effort to include relevant and current information pertaining to licensing and regulation on our website. 

Contact Information

Board Management:
Ian Marquand, Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Phone: (406) 841-2360
Email:

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
LaVelle Potter, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2362
Email:

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

EMS State Medical Director:
Harry Sibold, MD
Phone: (406) 841-2241
Email:

For information on ALS exam and program, Basic courses, First Responder courses, Intermediate course, and Paramedic courses contact:
Kenneth Threet, EMT Training Coordinator
Phone: (406) 841-2359
Email:

For information on all other applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5773
Email:

For information on Acupuncturist, EMT, and Nutritionist applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

Medical Marijuana Information

Medical marijuana laws are under the purview of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and their website is www.dphhs.mt.gov, if you’d like more information.

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners (BOME) does not hold a position on the suitability of marijuana in the treatment of medical disorders.


Board Meetings

The Board of Medical Examiners hold regular business meetings every two months.  The agenda for the meetings are posted online at least one week prior to the meeting.  You are welcome to attend any Board meeting and may also request an item be added to a Board agenda.

The Screening Panel meets each month to review complaints with the Board.  These meetings are typically closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Thirteen individuals are appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Medical Examiners.  Under Montana law, the Board is made up of:

  • Five Physicians having the degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) including one member with experience in emergency medicine.
  • One Physician having the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)
  • One licensed Podiatrist.
  • One licensed Nutritionist.
  • One licensed Physician Assistant.
  • One licensed Acupuncturist.
  • One volunteer Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Two members of the general public who are not medical practitioners.

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Members serve 4 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

One additional individual is selected by the Montana Academy of Physician Assistants as a non-voting liaison.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdmed@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

James Feist, M.D. President (2017), Physician
Tanja Brekke- Vice-President (2017), Acupuncturist
James Burkholder, M.D. - Secretary (2017), Physician
Nathan Thomas, DPM- Immediate Past President (2017), Podiatrist
Pat Bollinger, MS, RD, Nutritionist
Ana Diaz, Ph.D., Public Member
Anna Earl, M.D., Screening Panel Chair, Physician
Carole Erickson, Public Member
Charles Farmer, Emergency Care Provider
Bruce Hayward, D.O., Physician
Tammy Scott, Physician Assistant-Certified
Kristin Spanjian, M.D., Physician
Katherine Tetrault, MTAPA Physician Assistant Liaison
James Upchurch, MD, Physician

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission will meet via a teleconference at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to consider adoption of administrative rules relating to the renewal of a medical license through the Compact. The public can call into the teleconference at this number: (701) 801-1220, access code 448-099-674.

For details on the rules proposal and public comment opportunities, please see "IMLCC RULEMAKING INFORMATION" below. The proposed rule on expedited license renewal via the Compact is found in the information for year 2017.

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In 2015, the Montana Legislature passed--and Gov. Steve Bullock signed--HB 429 that enabled Montana to enter a new interstate compact for the licensing of Physicians—the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact or IMLC. The Board of Medical Examiners supported that bill.

The Compact now is incorporated into MCA 37-3-356: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/37/3/37-3-356.htm The Governor is granted the power to appoint Montana’s commissioners in MCA 37-3-357: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/37/3/37-3-357.htm The Compact is governed by a Commission made up of two commissioners from each state that has entered the Compact. Montana’s commissioners, as appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock, are:

  • Dr. James Feist of Bozeman, a Physician member of the Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Ian Marquand, the Board’s Executive Officer.

 As of January 1, 2017, a total of 18 states had joined the Compact. (The Compact became in force when the seventh state entered.)
The Commission's 2016 annual report is here.
The Commission is expected to meet four times in 2017:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 (Telephone Conference Call)
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 (In person meeting, St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (Telephone Conference Call)
  • Friday, November 17, 2017 (In person meeting, location TBD)

Dates and locations subject to change. Notice of these and any additional meetings of the Commission will be noted on this page. The IMLCC Executive Committee meets every other Tuesday by phone.

(NOTE: The Commission is not a committee, sub-committee, or other subdivision of the Montana Board of Medical Examiners.)

2015:

2016:

2017:

 

IMLCC RULEMAKING INFORMATION:

2016:                                                                                                          

  2017:



For more information on the Compact, the IMLC Commission and/or the Board’s participation, contact Executive Officer Ian Marquand at: 406-841-2360 or imarquand@mt.gov

The Compact Commission's website is www.imlcc.org

The Federation of State Medical Boards maintains a current status report on states that have entered—or are considering—the compact at: http://www.licenseportability.org/

Montana Professional Assistance Program

Montana law empowers the Board of Medical Examiners to “establish a program to assist and rehabilitate licensed physicians who are found to be physically or mentally impaired by habitual intemperance or the excessive use of addictive drugs, alcohol, or any other drug or substance or by mental or chronic physical illness.” 37-3-203(4), MCA.

The Montana Professional Assistance Program (MPAP) contracts with the Board to fulfill this function of assisting healthcare professionals with conditions that may impair their ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety. All contacts between healthcare professionals, MPAP and the Board are confidential.

Generally, a physician or other licensee under the auspices of the Board of Medical Examiners who is suspected of practicing while impaired may be referred to MPAP by his peers or hospital staff members, by complaints to the Board, or by self-referral. Physicians who are licensed in other states and participating in that state’s physician health program generally are referred to MPAP at the time of their initial application for a Montana medical license.

A physician or allied healthcare professional with a condition of impairment enters into a contract with MPAP that may require evaluation and participation in treatment at a facility recommended by MPAP, voluntary withdrawal from practice while undergoing evaluation and treatment, and subsequent therapy, random body fluid testing, toxicology reports, total abstinence from mood-altering substances, including alcohol, regular and consistent participation in Caduceus and 12-step meetings, on-going monitoring and other conditions, as recommended. Length of monitoring generally is for five years post-treatment. Some contracts may be indefinite. Participants known to the Board usually visit with the Board on an annual or more frequent basis.

For more information, contact MPAP at 406-245-4300, or send e-mail to mpap@mt.net. You are also encouraged to visit their website at www.montanaprofessionalassistance.com.

Montana Prescription Drug Registry

License Information

Renewing a License? Don't wait until the last day!
Board of Medical Examiners licensees have a full two months in which to make online license renewals. Those online licensure periods are:

  • February 1-March 31 for Physicians and ECP's
  • Sept. 1-Oct. 31 for Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Physician Assistants and Podiatrists

It is your responsibility to renew on time. Renewals made after the expiration date will be subject to a 100% penalty under Department rules.

If your mailing address has changed, please use the "Change Address" Quick Link in the right hand frame to access a change of address form. This will assure that you receive timely information about your renewal.

For Physician--the MPDR fee. When you renew your Physician license, you also will be assessed the Montana Prescription Drug Registry fee of $30/year ($60 total.) This is a mandatory fee unless you assert that you are exempt from it.

 

Applying for a new license?
To use a paper application form, click the “Forms” tab and then use the link to “License Application Forms.” Then select your form from the choices shown.

To apply for a license using the online application process, please use the "Apply for a License" Quick Link found in the right hand frame.

 

Want to confirm a person is licensed?
You can learn who is licensed in Montana through Licensee Lookup or by contacting the Board.  You may also request a written, official license verification for a $20.00 fee.   

Physicians and physician assistants who want a Montana verification sent to another state medical board should use the VeriDoc service at www.veridoc.org.

 

Acupuncturist

An Acupuncturist is a person licensed by the Board of Medical Examiners who diagnoses, treats, or corrects human conditions, ailments, diseases, injuries, or infirmities by means of mechanical, thermal, or electrical stimulation effected by the insertion of solid needles. You can download a list of licensed Acupuncturists or learn if a specific individual is licensed by clicking on the appropriate topic to the left.   

Individuals who want to practice acupuncture in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for licensure.  The Board evaluates the applicant’s fitness to practice and assures the basic requirements are met. Applicants applying for an acupuncture license must be at least 18 years of age and meet the educational and testing requirements set by Montana law or in administrative rule.

Individuals already licensed as an Acupuncturist can update the Board on any changes to your information, and learn more about renewal information. 


Emergency Care Provider (ECP)

Click here for more information on ECP licensure and practice, including:

ECP endorsements

Statewide protocols

Lead instructor information

Medical director information

Physicians

Individuals who want to practice medicine, including The Montana Health Corps in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for licensure.

Physician - paper application This is a downloadable paper application specifically for licensure in Montana. There is no additional charge to use this application beyond the normal $500 Montana application fee.

Physician - "Uniform Application" (UA) This is a service of the Federation of State Medical Boards and is designed for physicians who wish to apply for licensure in more than one state. Applicants who choose this option may utilize a Federation Credential Verification Service form as well as the Uniform Application. (They are two completely separate processes.) Clicking the link above will take you to the FSMB website where you can learn about the FCVS, the UA and about getting assistance with both.

(NOTE: Effective 10/27/2011, the FSMB began charging a once-per-lifetime fee of $50 to submit a Uniform Application. This fee is in addition to Montana's $500 application fee.)

Nutritionists

A Nutritionist is defined by Montana statute as an individual licensed by the Board of Medical Examiners under Montana law or a person who has satisfactorily completed a baccalaureate and master’s degree or a doctorate degree in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, or public health nutrition conferred by an accredited college or university.  

Individuals who want to practice as a Licensed Nutritionist in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for licensure.  The requirements include being registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Only a Nutritionist can provide the following services in Montana:
     (1) assessing the nutrition needs of individuals and groups and determining resources and constraints in the practice setting;
     (2) establishing priorities and objectives that meet nutritive needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints;
     (3) providing nutrition counseling for any individual;
     (4) developing, implementing, and managing nutrition care systems; and
     (5) evaluating, adjusting, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition services.

Physician Assistant

Individuals who want to practice as a Physician Assistant in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for licensure. Applicants

for licensure must have passed the PANCE exam administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants and meet the educational requirements set by Montana law or in administrative rule. Additionally, a Physician Assistant must have a Supervision Agreement and a Duties and Delegation Agreement in place with the supervising physician prior to practice.The Supervision Agreement must be on file with the Board prior to practice.

Physician Assistant Application

Supervision Agreement Form


A supervising physician and the supervised PA shall execute a Duties and Delegation agreement that defines the physician assistant's professional relationship, including limitations on the physician assistant's practice under supervision of the supervising physician. The agreement must be kept current, by amendment or substitution, to reflect changes in the duties of each party occurring over time. While the Board does not currently have a preferred format for Duties and Delegation agreements, it may specify requirements through administrative rules.

Podiatrists

A Podiatrist is a physician or surgeon of the foot and ankle, and is licensed to diagnose and treat ailments of the human functional foot and ankle. 

Individuals who want to practice podiatry in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for licensure. Podiatrists who plan to do surgery of the foot and ankle are required to obtain an ankle surgery certificate. Applicants applying for a Podiatrist license or ankle surgery certification must meet the educational and testing requirements set by Montana law or in administrative rule.

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants are not required to be licensed or registered in Montana. The Board of Medical Examiners are charged with regulating Medical Assistants.

ARM 24.156.640
Board rules regarding Medical Assistants, including their practice location and restrictions on practice.

Title 37 Chapter 3
Medical assistants -- statutory requirements.

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Renewal Process

All Board of Medical Examiners licensees can renew online by using the "Renew License" Quick Link in the right hand frame:

These licensees may renew online between Feb. 1 and March 31 of their renewal year: Physicians (MDs and Osteopaths) and Emergency Care Providers (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic)

These licensees may renew online between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 of their renewal year: Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Physician Assistants, Podiatrists

Renewal fees (as revised in June 2015; all are for two-year licensure periods):

Acupuncturist: $150

ECP/Emergency Medical Responder: $30

ECP/Emergency Medical Technician: $50

ECP/Advanced Emergency Medical Technician: $70

ECP/Paramedic: $100

Nutritionist: $150

Physician: $500 for Active status, $400 for Inactive status (Please see note below about Inactive status.)

Physician Assistant: $300 for Active status, $200 for Inactive status

Podiatrist: $500 for Active status, $400 for Inactive status

Late fees: Renewal after a license's expiration date will automatically result in a 100% late fee, in addition to the renewal fee. Please renew your license on time to avoid additional fees.

Physicians: Facts about "Inactive" status: "Inactive" status is the only "reduced price" status for a Montana Physician license. The current renewal fee for an Inactive license is $400, a discount of $100 from the $500 Active renewal fee. Changing an Inactive license to Active will require payment of the $100 differential before the status is changed.

To place your license on Inactive status, all you need to do is send the Board an e-mail making that specific request. Before you do, however, there are some things you need to know about Inactive status:

  • You may not practice medicine in any form in Montana with an Inactive license. Inactive status is designed to be used for only one licensing period during which the Physician does not plan on practicing medicine in Montana.   
  • If you remain on Inactive status for more than two years and then request a return to Active status, the Board will ask whether you have held an Active license in another state and been active in clinical medicine during your Inactive period in Montana. ( Please see ARM 24.156.618.)
  • If you can demonstrate Active licensure and clinical practice elsewhere, your license can be returned to Active status. You'll be asked to pay any differential in fees between Inactive and Active status before the re-activation takes place.
  • If you have been completely inactive (no Active license, no clinical practice) for more than two years, your license cannot be returned to Active status until the Board speaks with you about a re-entry plan. The Board has several options for re-entry, including exams, specialty certification, supervised practice, residency/fellowship, etc.

Montana Prescription Drug Registry fees: The $60 MPDR fee is assessed by the Board of Pharmacy, covers a two-year licensure period and applies to Physician (M.D. and D.O.), Physician Assistant and Podiatrist licensees with authority to prescribe controlled substances. This fee is authorized by MCA 37-7-1511 under laws governing the Board of Pharmacy. It was first assessed on Board of Medical Examiners licensees during the fall 2015 license renewal period.












 


Statute/Rule Information

The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) includes the laws passed by the Legislature. Professional and occupational licensing laws can be found in Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3.  Known as the Uniform Regulatory Act, these statutes were passed in 1995. 

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) are often referred to as regulations.  The Board adopts administrative rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. The Board follows a process defined in law, the Montana Administrative Procedures Act, when they are proposing new rules or making changes to existing rules to ensure public participation.  The Board files a public notice in the Montana Administrative Register (MAR) on any proposed rule changes or new rules.  You can keep track of any rule changes by viewing MAR online, or by signing up to receive notification of rule changes from the Board.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana

FAQ’s CONCERNING ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

Administrative Rules

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-83

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.413 renewal dates and requirements, 24.156.501 definitions, 24.156.503 medical student's supervision and permitted activities, 24.156.504 internship, 24.156.601 fee schedule, 24.156.625, 24.156.626 revocation or suspension proceedings, 24.156.1005, 24.156.1307, 24.156.1412, and 24.156.1625 unprofessional conduct, 24.156.1304 and 24.156.1404 application for licensure, 24.156.1306 professional conduct and standards of professional practice, 24.156.1617 application for physician assistant license, 24.156.1622 supervision of physician assistant, 24.156.1623 chart review, 24.156.2718 continuing education and refresher requirements, and 24.156.2732 medical direction; the adoption of NEW RULE I application for temporary non-disciplinary physician license, NEW RULE II application for physician licensure in another state via interstate compact, NEW RULE III application for licensure, and NEW RULE IV post-graduates—supervision and permitted activities; and the repeal of ARM 24.156.203 board meetings, 24.156.502 medical schools, 24.156.505 intern's scope of practice, 24.156.506 residency, 24.156.507 resident's scope of practice, 24.156.605 temporary license, 24.156.627 reinstatement, 24.156.803 license requirement, 24.156.804 application for a telemedicine license, 24.156.805 fees, 24.156.806 failure to submit fees, 24.156.807 issuance of a telemedicine license, 24.156.808, 24.156.1004, 24.156.1305, 24.156.1411, and 24.156.1619 renewals, 24.156.809 effect of determination that application for telemedicine license does not meet requirements, 24.156.811 sanctions, 24.156.812 obligation to report to board, 24.156.1602 board policy, and 24.156.1616 maintaining NCPPA certification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-82

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.156.601, 24.156.805, 24.156.1002, 24.156.1302, 24.156.1402, 24.156.1618, and 24.156.2731 fees, 24.156.1408 and 24.156.2718 continuing education, 24.156.2701 definitions, 24.156.2707 obligation to report to board, 24.156.2711, 24.156.2713, 24.156.2717, 24.156.2719, and 24.156.2751 regarding ECP licenses, 24.156.2732 medical direction, 24.156.2754 initial ECP course requirements, 24.156.2757 ECP clinical requirements, 24.156.2761 procedures for board-approved ECP curriculum, and 24.156.2771 scope of practice, and the repeal of ARM 24.156.2706 obligation to report to board

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-81

In the matter of the adoption of amendment of ARM 24.156.508 approved residency, 24.156.606 examination, 24.156.607 graduate training requirements, 24.156.611 occasional case exemption, 24.156.625, 24.156.1005, 24.156.1307, 24.156.1412, 24.156.1625, and 24.156.2705 unprofessional conduct, 24.156.1301 definitions, 24.156.1304 initial license, 24.156.1306 professional conduct and standards, 24.156.1620 physician assistant license renewal, and the adoption of NEW RULE I podiatry postgraduate training

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-80

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I military training or experience

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted March 21, 2014

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted June 9, 2014

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-79

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.156.615 renewals, 24.156.617 license categories, and 24.156.618 reactivation of license

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted October 31, 2013

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted March 21, 2014

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-78

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.156.603 applications for licensure

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted April 19, 2013

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted September 12, 2013

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-77

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.156.2701, 24.156.2705, 24.156.2711, 24.156.2713, 24.156.2715, 24.156.2717, 24.156.2719, 24.156.2731, 24.156.2732, 24.156.2741, 24.156.2745, 24.156.2751, 24.156.2754, 24.156.2757, 24.156.2761, 24.156.2771, and 24.156.2775 emergency medical technicians, and the adoption of NEW RULES I ECP endorsement application, II continuing education requirements, III ECP post course requirements, IV obligation to report to the board, and V complaints

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-76

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.156.618 testing requirement and the adoption of NEW RULES I through V reporting obligations

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-75

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.156.1401, 24.156.1403, 24.156.1404, 24.156.1406, and 24.156.1412 acupuncturist licensure and unprofessional conduct, 24.156.1622 and 24.156.1623 physician assistant supervision and chart review, the adoption of New Rules I through V acupuncturist discipline reporting and continuing education, and New Rule VI physician assistant performing radiologic procedures, and the repeal of 24.156.1405 acupuncture school approval

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-74

In the matter of the adoption of New Rule I qualification criteria for evaluation and treatment providers

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted June 18, 2010

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted November 19, 2010

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-73

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.413 renewal dates, 24.156.601, 24.156.603, 24.156.605, 24.156.615, 24.156.617, 24.156.618, and 24.156.628 medical examiners-licensure, 24.156.802 through 24.156.807, 24.156.809, and 24.156.810 telemedicine, 24.156.1002, 24.156.1004, and 24.156.1006 podiatry, 24.156.1301, 24.156.1302, 24.156.1305, 24.156.1306, and 24.156.1308 nutrition practice, 24.156.1402, 24.156.1411, and 24.156.1413 acupuncture, 24.156.1618 through 24.156.1620, 24.156.1622, 24.156.1623, and 24.156.1626 physician assistant-scope of practice, the repeal of 24.156.610 reciprocity, and the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to board report obligations

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-72

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.156.616 registry, 24.156.617 licenses, 24.156.618 testing requirements and the adoption of NEW RULES I through IX pertaining to registration

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-71

In the matter of the proposed adoption of NEW RULE I medical direction

NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted October 22, 2008

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted April 9, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-156-70

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.156.2719 expired license

NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted October 22, 2008

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted April 9, 2009

Statutes

Form Information

The Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to provide a number of forms online for your convenience. 

 

Important Information about Applications, Board Meetings and Deadlines: Department of Labor & Industry / Business Standards Division policy states that applications requiring review by a licensing board must be declared complete (all required or requested information received by the Board office or the Licensing Bureau) at least 15 working days prior to the Board meeting. Applications that are declared complete within 15 working days of an upcoming Board meeting will not be added to that meeting’s agenda but will be considered for the following Board meeting.

  • The Board of Medical Examiners meets in January, March, May, July, September and November, typically on the third Friday of the month. However, specific dates are subject to change.

For Medical Residents nearing graduation and seeking a Physician License:

Under state law, the Board of Medical Examiners requires completion of a residency prior to licensure. However, in an effort to accommodate graduating residents and their prospective employers, the Board passed a motion on March 11, 2016 to allow licensure of medical residents prior to graduation from residency. The following procedure has been put into place to implement this motion:

  1. A medical resident approaching graduation may apply to the Board for a Physician license as much as (but no more than) 6 months in advance of the graduation date. (December 31 for a graduation date of June 30.) The application must include a letter from the residency director attesting that the applicant is in good standing and is expected to graduate on time.
  2. The Department will process the application.
  3. Once the application has been declared “complete” (including the letter from the residency director) it will be sent to the Board's executive officer for review. Each application will be reviewed on its individual merits. The Board may require further information from the applicant or the residency before a full-term Physician license is issued.

Physician applicants--you can designate a third party "agent" to help with your application: The Physician application includes an authorization form that allows a third party to receive information about your application. Feel free to designate someone as your “agent” to assist in the application process—a locum tenens recruiter, a hospital staff services administrator, an administrative assistant, etc.

For Physician and Physician Assistant applicants: You should be aware that the Board will seek reports from the National Practitioner DataBank and Federation of State Medical Boards Board Action database. Applicants need not request these reports.

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Medical Examiners is to protect the health, safety and well being of Montana citizens through the licensing of competent health professionals and by the regulation of the practice to promote the delivery of quality health care.  

In meeting its mission, the Board takes appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice.  Learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board.

For a complaint form, click here.

For a brochure on the complaint process, click here.

(Both also are found in the "Forms" tab among "General Forms."

Complaint Contact

LaVelle Potter, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2362
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

 

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

FAQ

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Board of Medical Examiners website.

This section has been expanded so that more of your questions can be answered.

Click here for the latest in FAQ's about the Complaint Process.

Click here for FAQ's about Administrative Suspension of licenses.

 

eBiz Questions

The Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to bring you “eBiz,” its web-based system for licensing, renewals and licensee information.

 

You can find eBiz at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol

 

With your eBiz User Name and Password, you can:

  •  Renew a license.
  •  Print a license.
  •  Change personal contact information such as mailing address.

“eBiz” is also the new home for the Department of Labor and Industry’s “Licensee Lookup” service.
Note: Licensee Lookup does not require a User Name and Password. It is free and available to the public.

Here’s what you’ll see when you arrive at eBiz:

  ebiz

When you register with eBiz, you will choose a User Name and Password that you can then use to conduct business on the website. Once you have a User Name and Password, be sure to keep them in a place where you can easily reach them for license renewals or other online business with the Department.

If you don’t know your User Name and Password, contact the Board office by e-mail at dlibsdmed@mt.gov and your information will be sent to you.

1) Go online to https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol
2) Use your User Name and Password to login
3) Once you're in, look to the lower left and find the "Health Care Licensing" blue box.
4) Click on "RENEW/PRINT LICENSE."
5) When the screen refreshes, click on your license number.
6) On the next screen, scroll down until you see a bar that reads "Print Your License"
7) Click on that bar--your license will come up and you can print it or click on the "Page" tab and you can save it to your computer.

You can go directly to the Licensee Lookup System.  This public service is part of the Business Standards Division’s “eBiz” website and is a primary source for verification of license credentials. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division. The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly. Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Tips for using Licensee Lookup:

  1. Go to https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol
  2. Look for the blue box labeled “Licensee Lookup” and click on Search for a Licensee.
  3. When searching, use the licensee’s name. It’s the easiest way to search.
  4. If you don’t know an individual’s name, but know the license number, you must use the Department’s full license code, for instance, MED-PHYS-LIC-####. For all licenses granted by the Board of Medical Examiners, the “MED” and “LIC” portions of the code will remain the same. The license-specific portion will be one of the following:

    Acupuncturist: ACU
    Emergency Medical Technician: EMT
    Emergency Medical Responder: EMR
    Advanced Emergency Medical Technician: AEMT
    Paramedic: PARA
    Nutritionist: NUTR
    Physician (M.D. or D.O.): PHYS
    Physician Assistant: PAC
    Podiatrist: POD

Compliance Questions (Complaints against Licensees)

a. You are obligated to report acts of unprofessional conduct or incompetence as defined by MCA 37-1-316, and ARM 24.156.1625 for physician assistants.
b. You have two options on where you can report to assist the health care provider in question with any physical or mental impairment by habitual excessive use of addictive drugs, alcohol or any other drug/substance or by mental or chronic physical illness.  One option is to contact the Board office.  The second option is contact the Board's impairment program, the Montana Professional Assistance Program (MPAP), directly at 406-245-4300.  Your referral to MPAP may be anonymous.
c. Anyone may file a complaint or provide information to the Board office regarding unprofessional conduct or incompetence. Complaint forms may be downloaded from the BOME website or can be requested through the Business Standards Division’s Compliance Unit.
To file a complaint against a Board of Medical Examiners licensee, call (406) 841-2362.

Once a complaint is received, the Compliance Unit sends a letter to the complainant acknowledging that the complaint has been received.
The Compliance Unit then informs the licensee of the complaint and requests a written response. Once that response has been received, the Compliance Unit will schedule the complaint to be heard by a Screening Panel that consists of up to five members of the Board.
The BOME Screening Panel meets monthly to consider complaints. At those meetings, if the Panel’s Chair determines that matters of individual privacy clearly exceed the public’s right to know, the Panel may go into executive session and exclude members of the public and news media. Both complainants and licensees have the right to waive their privacy rights and have the complaint heard in a public session. However, if all parties do not agree to waive their rights, the Chair may close the session to the public.
Screening Panel discussions are reserved for members of the Panel. They are not trials or debates involving the complainant and the respondent. Both the complainant and the respondent (and/or their legal representatives) may attend the Panel’s deliberation in person or by teleconference but may not participate unless requested by a Panel member.
The Screening Panel may:
*Dismiss a complaint.
*Ask for further investigation by Department staff.
*Determine that there is “reasonable cause” that a complaint is valid and recommend disciplinary action be initiated against the licensee. Once the notice of a proposed Board action is filed with the Compliance Unit, the complaint automatically becomes public.

The Screening Panel may authorize its Department of Labor and Industry prosecutor to pursue the complaint. This may lead to a negotiated settlement agreement between the Department and the licensee. Such agreements then are brought before the Board’s Adjudication Panel, which will make the final decision. No one who serves on the Screening Panel may serve on the Adjudication Panel.
If the respondent contests the Screening Panel’s finding, the complaint may go before a Department of Labor and Industry Hearings Examiner for a public hearing. The Hearing Examiner’s findings of fact, as well as any proposed orders, then go before the BOME’s Adjudication Panel for a final disposition. 
Actions that can be taken by the Adjudication Panel include revocation or suspension of a license or an order that the licensee take specific steps to correct unprofessional conduct or behavior.

Unlicensed practice complaints follow a different path than complaints against a licensee for unprofessional conduct. Typically, the Board’s staff attorney will handle unlicensed practice cases, instead of a Department prosecutor.
Unlicensed practice complaints first go before the Screening Panel and then, if necessary, before the full Board at one of its regularly scheduled meetings. As with Screening Panel reviews, the Board Chair may determine that the demands of individual privacy clearly exceed the public’s right to know and may move the full Board discussion to executive session.
If the Board determines that a charge of unlicensed practice is valid, it may issue a “cease and desist” order to the alleged violator. It also may refer the case to the appropriate County Attorney or pursue an injunction in the District Court that has jurisdiction in the location where the alleged unlicensed practice took place.

General Questions

Yes, The Business Standards Division provides a service which allows individuals to download lists of licensees for a fee. To use the service, click on the “Services/Links” tab in the left-hand frame of this website and then look for the links to the “License Download” service. You can choose the license types, statuses and timeframe/geographical range you wish, and find out the cost.

Data elements provided via this service include:

Last Name, First Name and Middle Initial/Name (if provided)
Title (such as M.D. or D.O.)
License Type
License Number
License Status
Original Licensure Date
Expiration Date
Business Name (if provided as the preferred address)
Address, City, State, ZIP and Country

Name changes must be requested in writing with documentation of the name change included (marriage license, divorce decree etc.).  Physicians are required to notify the Board of a name change within 30 days. Once the change has been made on a license, the licensee may access and print the revised license using the "eBiz" website. (See "eBiz Questions" elsewhere in this FAQ.)

Please use the Quick Link for "Change Address" in the right hand frame of this website. Licensees are required to notify the Board of an address change within 30 days. Correct mailing addresses are important so that licensees receive Board or Department mailings that may affect their licenses.

You can go directly to the License Lookup System.  This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials and provides discipline information. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents this real time licensee lookup information as a service to the public. The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website.  The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this licensee lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly. Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

License Renewal Questions

Licenses granted through the BOME are good for a maximum of two years and expire on either of these dates in the license’s expiration year:

  • March 31 - Physicians and Emergency Care Providers (including EMTs and Paramedics)
  • June 30 - Resident Physicians
  • October 31 - Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Physician Assistants, Podiatrists

Two years for all licenses except Resident Physicians. Those licenses are valid for one year but may be renewable as long as the Resident remains in an approved residency program in good standing.

Yes. Immediately following the renewal deadline (the expiration date of the license,) an un-renewed license becomes “lapsed” and may be renewed, but with a substantial penalty for late renewal. A licensee may practice on a "lapsed" license for 45 days following the expiration date.
     Any license not renewed within 45 days following the expiration date becomes “expired.” An “expired” license may be renewed, but with a substantial penalty. Licensees may not practice on an "expired" license.
     If not renewed within two years following the expiration date, a license is “terminated” and dropped from the licensing database. It then ceases to exist. A licensee whose license has been “terminated” and wants to resume practice in Montana must apply for a new license.
     It is very important for every Board of Medical Examiners licensee to know the status and expiration date of his or her license. For that reason, keep your license certificate in a readily accessible place.

Professional licensees may renew their licenses online at https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol.
Each licensee is assigned a personal User Name and Password to access the eBiz system. As your renewal period arrives, the Department will send notification to your address of record to remind you that it's time to renew.

If you do not know your User Name and Password for online renewal, contact the Board by e-mail using the Quick Link in the right hand frame of this website.

Yes, Department rules still require the Business Standards Division to send a renewal notice to all licensees. However, if you don't receive a reminder, it's still your obligation to renew the license on time. Please be aware of the expiration date of your license and the process to renew it.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If a renewal notice is sent to an outdated address, the Board is under no obligation to send an additional notice to a new address. It is the licensee’s responsibility to make sure the Board has a current and correct address.

You should be careful about changing your license status. You cannot change your status on your own through eBiz. You must contact the Executive Officer about any change of license status.

The “Inactive” license status works best for physicians who plan to take a break from practicing in Montana for two years or less. Board rule ARM 24.156.618 states that any physician who stays on inactive status for more than two years must meet Board requirements before returning to “Active” status in Montana. Physicians who have not been in active practice anywhere during that time will have to meet additional requirements set by the Board. For details, please visit and review ARM 24.156.618.

NOTE: "Inactive" licensees who wish to return to "Active" status must pay the $100 difference between the "Inactive" and "Active" renewal fee prior to the change being made. Consequently, physicians should consider paying the full $500 renewal fee for an active license to retain their ability to practice. (The “Inactive” renewal fee is $400.)

 

Board and Board Meetings

Board members are appointed by the Governor. Each serves a four-year term and may be re-appointed.
By statute, the Board of Medical Examiners includes:
5 licensed Doctors of Medicine (including one with experience in emergency medicine)
1 licensee each from the following professions:
*Acupuncturist
*Doctor of Osteopathy
*Emergency Care Providers (formerly EMTs)
*Nutritionist
*Physician Assistant
*Podiatrist
2 Public Members
1 Liaison from the Montana Academy of Physician Assistants (non-voting position)

The Board holds six regularly scheduled meetings per calendar year, usually in odd-numbered months. Most meetings take place at the Department of Labor and Industry’s Business Standards Division (BSD) offices at 301 S. Park St. in Helena.

Information on Board and committee meetings is posted on the Board’s website.

Emergency or special meetings may be held by conference call with at least three days notice on the BOME website. These meetings typically are called so the board can decide a single issue that must be addressed quickly.

If you wish to speak to the Board on a particular subject or wish to suggest a subject for a Board meeting agenda, please contact Executive Officer Ian Marquand by phone at (406) 841-2360 or by e-mail at dlibsdmed@mt.gov. If the Board agrees to accept your offer to make a presentation, you will receive an invitation confirming your appearance. If the Board agrees to discuss a suggested subject without a presentation, that will be reflected in the agenda posted on the Board’s website.

You can send an e-mail to an individual Board member through the main Board e-mail address: dlibsdmed@mt.gov. BOME staff will forward your message on to the appropriate Board member(s).
The Governor’s website also contains contact information for every person appointed by the Governor to Executive branch boards and councils.

Rulemaking Questions

Under the Montana Administrative Procedure Act, any state entity must issue a public notice that it is about to change its administrative rules. There are three ways to make a rules change:

  1. propose new rules
  2. amend existing rules
  3. repeal (eliminate) existing rules

Public notices about rulemaking are posted on the Board’s website and are mailed to licensees and interested parties. Rulemaking notices also are available through the Montana Administrative Register at the Montana Secretary of State’s office, where all administrative rules for the state are housed. The Secretary of State’s website for administrative rules is www.mtrules.org. You can use that website to view rules and subscribe to the Montana Administrative Register, among other things.

If the Board wishes to undertake a rules change, it first must post a Notice of Proposed Amendment/Adoption/Repeal, or Proposal Notice. This notice will show the existing rule language and note text to be deleted as stricken and new text as underlined. The Board is not allowed to simply show the amended rule in its final form.

Then, following a public comment period, which usually includes a public rules hearing held by the Department, the Board must post a Notice of Adoption that notes the Board’s responses to public comments and includes any changes to the original proposal, using the same stricken and underlined format.

Each Proposal Notice must contain information about how to submit a comment on the rules change proposal. In addition, a public hearing is held at the Business Standards Division where individuals can make oral presentations and submit written comment.   
Written comments are accepted in any form until a deadline date established in the Notice.

All public comments are presented to the Board at a public meeting, at which time the Board responds to the substance of all comments received.

Once the Board votes to adopt a rules change, the Notice of Adoption is prepared and filed with the Secretary of State. The rule changes are effective the day after the final Notice of Adoption is published by the Secretary of State, unless otherwise provided by statute or stated in a rule.  At that point, the rule is in place and enforceable. This also is when the Notice of Adoption is posted on the Board website and sent to interested parties who have requested to be notified.

Not until the Secretary of State updates and publishes the ARM (Administrative Rules of Montana) with the amended rule(s) on its website and in hard copy. Because of the volume of work at the SoS and the nature of the rule publishing calendar, it may be several months between the Board’s adoption of new rules and their publication on the web.

Until that point, the only way to assess any new rule is to compare the former version with the Notice of Proposal and Notice of Adoption. Board members, Board staff and other Department of Labor and Industry employees are prohibited from providing the public with a “clean” unofficial version of the new rule and must, instead, refer individuals to the Secretary of State website and the rule notices. 

Yes. Once the Notice of Adoption has been published by the Secretary of State, the rule is enforceable, even though it is not yet published in its final form in the ARM.

The Board understands that licensees or other interested parties may be keenly interested in the final language of a new rule for multiple reasons, including their desire to comply with it or hold others to it. And while it discourages individuals from creating their own unofficial “clean copies” from the parts provided by existing rules and rule notices, the Board cannot prohibit individuals from doing so.

Just be aware that no rule is truly “official” unless it is published by the Secretary of State. It is possible, if unlikely, that a rule might undergo a change during SoS review to correct typographical errors or resolve small deviations from standard rulemaking structure and language. Nobody should rely on an unofficial rule or distribute it to others.

NOTE: Board members and Department employees may not distribute any unofficial versions of rules to the public and must—emphasize MUST—refer the public to the Secretary of State website for the official versions of rules.

Acupuncturists

Begin by downloading an application from the BOME website. Look for it in the “Forms” area of this website. The form will include information on documentation you will need to submit to the Board.
The licensing requirements for acupuncturists are outlined in Montana statutes, beginning at MCA 37-13-301 of the Montana Code Annotated.
Administrative rules for acupuncturist license applications begin at ARM 24.156.1401. To search for rules, visit www.mtrules.org.

To receive a Montana acupuncturist license, you must:

  • Be a graduate of an acupuncture school that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Pass the NCCAOM exam and the Council of Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) exam in clean needle technique.

 

  • Certified Transcripts of Acupuncture Education.
  • Clean Needle exam results from the CCAOM.
  • Exam results provided by the NCCAOM.
  • Birth Certificate or Driver’s License.
  • An unopened National Practitioner DataBank self-query.
  • Current Verification of all State Licenses (if any) currently held.
  • Copy of DD214 military discharge, if applicable.
  • Application fee.

NOTE: All documents not written in English must be accompanied by certified translations.

The application fee for an acupuncturist license is $100.00 as of June 26, 2015. The fee for a two-year license renewal is $150.00.

The process of reviewing a license application begins when the main application is received.
You will be notified when the application arrives and advised if any elements are missing.

During the review process, applications fall into two categories: “routine” and “non-routine.”
A “routine” license application is one in which BOME staff find no items of concern.
A “non-routine” application—in which an applicant discloses past disciplinary issues, criminal justice issues, civil proceedings or other items of concern— may take additional time to be declared “complete,” depending on how much additional information the applicant must submit and how quickly that information is delivered once it’s requested.
Once a “non-routine” application is declared “complete,” it is forwarded to the full Board for review at a regular scheduled public meeting. Those meetings occur every two months, which can mean a more lengthy delay for the applicant.

Emergency Care Provider

Correct. The new license designations are:

  • EMR
  • EMT
  • AEMT
  • Paramedic

Generically, all of these licensees will be known as Emergency Care Providers or “ECPs.” There are other changes that may affect your level of licensure. If you have questions, call the Department at 406-841-2300 and ask for EMT Training Coordinator Ken Threet.

The application and renewal fees also have changed for ECP license types as of June 26, 2015. The fees shown are for both initial application and license renewal:
EMR: $30.00
EMT: $50.00
AEMT: $70.00
Paramedic: $100.00

Helping people as an ECP is a great job and very fulfilling. You’ll need to accomplish a couple of things: attend and successfully complete an ECP training course, successfully pass a written and practical examination demonstrating your knowledge and skills, and become licensed to provide care as an ECP.  The first step is to find a training program that you can attend. 

Montana’s Administrative Rules governing EMT licensure begin at ARM 24.156.2711

There’s also lots of information available at www.emt.mt.gov.

You can download the application from our web site within the “Board Info” Tab under ECP License.  Follow the instructions on the instruction page regarding required attachments and fees.

NOTE: As of May 2012, the Board no longer requires character references for any of its applicants.

The “Self Query” is a service provided by the National Practitioner Data Bank or NPDB. It’s a healthcare provider background check and you are required to submit it with your application if you’ve never been licensed in Montana. Your application cannot be declared “complete” without the Self Query.

If you are currently licensed as an ECP by the Montana Board of Medical Examiners (at any level) you do not need to provide a Self -Query. (Also, if you currently are licensed, you do not need to provide proof of age or proof of high school graduation.)

Montana does not offer true reciprocity with other states. However, Montana will accept either of the following as proof of licensure/certification:

  1. Certification by the National Registry of EMTs, or certification by the American Board of Pre-Hospital Care equal to or greater than the level of licensure being requested in Montana.
  2. Proof of licensure in another state in which the Board feels meets Montana’s requirements for initial licensure and compliance. This is determined on an individual basis. Submit a completed application for this determination.

No, but as referenced in the previous question, if you are registered by NREMT, you must provide a copy of your current NREMT card or registration statement in addition to these verifications.
 

Not as a licensed ECP.  The Board formerly had an advisory on this subject that will become part of new statewide protocols on January 1.
 

You can find endorsement curricula, verification forms and applications on the ECP website. Look for the “Lead Instructor” tab, under Endorsements.

All course applications can be found on our website. Look for the “Education” tab, and then click on Applications.  However, in order to coordinate an initial ECP course of instruction the coordinator will need to attend a Lead Instructor Program. Attendance and successful completion of the Lead Instructor Training Program will provide the coordinator all the necessary information to coordinate initial ECP training.  The Lead Instructor must be a licensee of the Board.  Scheduled Lead Instructor Training Programs can be found on the website. Look for to the “Lead Inst” tab, under Applications. There is no cost to attend a Lead Instructor Training Program.

This can be a confusing subject, especially since individual ECPs are licensed through the Board of Medical Examiners and ambulance services are licensed through Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services. Simply put, every ECP should have a relationship with a Medical Director, either on an individual basis or through employment with an EMS provider. Physicians or other medical professionals must meet BOME standards to be a Medical Director. Once approved, Medical Directors provide two kinds of Medical Direction:

Off-line Medical Direction” refers to the medical oversight and supervision provided by a physician or physician assistant to an ECP or an EMS service. This includes assessing an ECP’s abilities and quality of care and reviewing an ECP’s performance on actual cases. “Off-line Medical Direction” often happens within a licensed emergency medical (ambulance) service but also can be a relationship between an individual ECP and a medical professional.

Online Medical Control means real-time interactive medical advice or orders to ECPs. Online medical control must be provided by a Montana-licensed physician or physician assistant with an unrestricted license who has been contracted for this purpose.

Montana’s Administrative Rules governing ECP Medical Directors begin at ARM 24.156.2732.
There is much more information available at www.emt.mt.gov under the “MD Control” tab. 
If you have questions, call the Department at 406-841-2300 and ask for Harry Sibold, MD - State EMS Medical Director.

Nutritionist

The Board of Medical Examiners licenses nutritionists, not dietitians. According to MCA 37-25-102 (9), "Nutritionist" means:
     (a) a person licensed under this chapter; or
     (b) a person who has satisfactorily completed a baccalaureate and master's or a doctoral degree in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, or public health nutrition conferred by an accredited college or university.

Additionally, MCA 37-25-301 states:

 37-25-301. Scope of dietetic-nutrition practice. Only a nutritionist can provide the following services:
     (1) assessing the nutrition needs of individuals and groups and determining resources and constraints in the practice setting;
     (2) establishing priorities and objectives that meet nutritive needs and are consistent with available resources and constraints;
     (3) providing nutrition counseling for any individual;
     (4) developing, implementing, and managing nutrition care systems; and
     (5) evaluating, adjusting, and maintaining appropriate standards of quality in food and nutrition services.

Begin by downloading an application from the BOME website. Look for it in the “Forms” area of this website. The form will include information on documentation you will need to submit to the Board.
The licensing requirements for nutritionists are outlined in Montana statutes, beginning at MCA 37-25-101.
Administrative rules for nutritionist license applications begin at ARM 24.156.1301.

To receive a nutritionist license, an applicant must be currently registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR.)

In addition to a complete Montana application for licensure, applicants must provide to the Board:

  • A current copy of your CDR card.
  • A recent National Practitioner Data Bank self-query (unopened.)
  • Current verifications from all states (if any) in which you are licensed.
  • The license application fee.

NOTE: As of May 2012, the Board no longer requires character references for any of its applicants.

The application fee for a nutritionist license is $100.00 as of June 26, 2015. The fee for a two-year license renewal is $150.00.

The process of reviewing a license application begins when the main application is received. An application specialist will be in contact regarding any missing or incomplete information.

During the review process, applications fall into two categories: “routine” and “non-routine.”
A “routine” license application is one in which BOME staff find no items of concern.
A “non-routine” application—in which an applicant discloses past disciplinary issues, criminal justice issues, civil proceedings or other items of concern— may take additional time to be declared “complete,” depending on how much additional information the applicant must submit and how quickly that information is delivered once it’s requested.
Once a “non-routine” application is declared “complete,” it is forwarded to the full Board for review at a regular scheduled public meeting. Those meetings occur every two months, which can mean a more lengthy delay for the applicant.

Physician

The Board has taken steps to make the licensing process for physicians faster and smoother. However, the applicant has the ultimate responsibility for providing the Board with the information it needs to make a licensing decision.

Currently, an applicant for a physician license must provide the Board with:

  • An Application Form (available in the "Forms" area of this website) and the $500 application fee.
  • Licensure Verifications. (Please contact VeriDoc to have verifications sent to the Board directly.)
  • Educational Certifications. (The Federation Credential Verification Service profile from FSMB is accepted.)
  • Postgraduate Training Verifications.
  • “Fifth Pathway” Verification or ECFMG Certificate (for Foreign Medical Graduates only)

At the BOME, physicians have three options for applying for a license:

1) Downloading a traditional paper application from the BOME website. The application will include information on fees, as well as the documentation you will need to provide to the Board in order for your application to be considered “complete.” You then will mail the application to the Board for review.

2) Applying online. Please use the Quick Link in the right hand frame of this website to access the online application portal in the Department's "dBiz" website.

3) Using the Federation of State Medical Boards’ online “Uniform Application.” The UA is designed for physicians who practice in multiple states and wish to complete the application online.
The Federation also offers the “Federation Credentials Verification Service” to assist applicants with education and license verifications. This service is NOT an application for licensure and requires a fee, payable to the Federation.
      It’s important to know that the UA and FCVS are separate processes; if you decide to use both, then both must be complete for your application to be accepted. In addition, you also must fulfill all of the State of Montana’s other application requirements.
      NOTE: The Federation charges a once-per-lifetime fee of $50 for using the UA. This is separate from the Montana license application fee and is paid to the Federation, not to the state.

The process of reviewing a license application begins when the main application is received, whether it’s a paper application or a UA.
Throughout this process, the burden to provide accurate information to the Board through the licensing process is on the applicant, as per statute MCA 37-3-309.
The statute also empowers the Department of Labor and Industry (which houses the BOME) to make its own investigation to confirm an applicant’s qualifications. In all phases of application review, the statutory role of the BOME and its staff is to protect the public.

Yes. Many physicians are assisted in the application process by a prospective employer, a health care recruiter, or other third party. However, the Board is not authorized to share information about your application with other people without your permission.
     NEW! The Montana application now includes an Authorization to Release Information and Release from Liability.
This form will allow someone else to receive information from Board staff about your application status. However, you must provide the completed and signed form for that permission to be granted. Without the form, your associate cannot receive information.

During the review process, applications fall into two categories: “routine” and “non-routine.”
A “routine” physician license application is one in which BOME staff find no items of concern. The Montana physician license application states that once a “routine” application is complete, a license may take up to 30 days to issue.
A “non-routine” application—in which an applicant discloses past disciplinary issues, criminal justice issues, civil proceedings or other items of concern— may take additional time to be declared “complete,” depending on how much additional information the applicant must submit and how quickly that information is delivered once it’s requested.
“Non-routine” applications, once complete, are referred to the full Board for review at a regular scheduled public meeting. Those meetings occur every two months, which can mean a more lengthy delay for the applicant.

Under state law, the Board of Medical Examiners requires completion of a residency prior to licensure. However, the Board recognizes the challenges of employing a resident immediately following graduation. In order to accommodate graduating residents and their prospective employers, while recognizing the statutory requirements for licensure, the following procedure has been put into place:

  1. A medical resident approaching graduation may apply to the Board for a Physician license as much as (but no more than) 6 months in advance of the graduation date. (December 31 for a graduation date of June 30.) The application must include a letter from the residency director attesting that the applicant is in good standing and is expected to graduate on time.
  2. The Department will process the application.
  3. Once the application has been declared “complete” (including the letter from the residency director) it will be sent to the Executive Officer for review. If necessary, it will be brought before the Board at its next available public meeting. The Board may require further information from the applicant or the residency before a full-term Physician license is issued.

The Board has implemented a rule allowing for “expedited process” of an application that meets certain criteria. To see the criteria, please see ARM 24.156.603. There is no special form for applying by expedited process; you should alert the Board office if the application meets the criteria.
In general, the Business Standards Division's Licensing Bureau staff address each application as it arrives, then update incomplete applications as additional information is received. There is no prohibition on making staff aware of special circumstances surrounding a particular applicant; however, there also is no obligation for staff to take those circumstances into consideration when reviewing a license application.
In general, the best way to insure a smooth and less time-consuming review process is to get the Board all the information it needs as quickly as possible. That includes information detailing any personal or professional issues an applicant has in his/her background.

Application: $500 as of June 26, 2015.

"Active" Renewal: $500 (every two years.)

"Inactive" Renewal: $400 (every two years.)

Physician licenses are good for a maximum of two years and expire on March 31 of the expiration year. A license may be renewed for another two years.

Yes. Online renewals are allowed at any time after the expiration date, but there is a substantial penalty for late renewal.

During the first 45 days after the expiration date (the "late renewal period"), the license is considered “lapsed.” The licensee may continue to practice, but must renew as a “late renewal” and pay the late fee.

Any license not renewed within the 45-day “late renewal period” becomes “expired.” A licensee may not practice on an "expired" license. An “expired” license may be renewed at any time within two years following the expiration date, but with the late fee added.

If not renewed within two years following the expiration date, a license is “terminated” and dropped from the licensing database. It then ceases to exist. A physician whose license has been “terminated” and wants to practice medicine in Montana must apply for a new license.

Physician Assistant

An applicant for a Physician Assistant’s license should review the qualifications for licensure in Montana by reviewing the state laws and regulations. 
Montana statutes governing physician assistant licensing begins at MCA 37-20-101 and the Administrative rules begin at ARM 24.156.1601.
The criteria includes:
a. Good moral character
b. Is a graduate of a physician assistant training program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or, if accreditation was granted before 2001, accredited by American Medical Association's Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health education programs.
c. Has passed an examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of a Physician Assistants, Inc., (NCCPA)

An applicant for Physician Assistant licensure will need to submit the following:

  • A completed application
  • The $500.00 application fee.

The applicant also must arrange for license verifications from other states to be sent to the Board (if there are any.) Applicants for a Physician Assistant license also must:

  • Participate in a teleconference interview with a current board member.
  • Submit a signed Supervision Agreement to the Board. A Supervision Agreement is a written agreement between a supervising Physician and a Physician Assistant providing for the supervision of the Physician Assistant. The SA form can be found in the "Forms" area of this website. The agreement must be approved by the Board before a licensed PA can practice in Montana.

The Supervision Agreement form is in the "Forms" area of this website. You must submitting the signed Supervision Agreement to the Board along with a $25 Supervision Agreement filing fee. 

The purpose of the interview is to insure both the Physician Assistant and supervising Physician clearly understand their roles and regulatory obligations. You should review the laws and regulations related to Physician Assistants prior to the interview. The interview is conducted by a Board member with the applicant and the supervising Physician.  The process takes 15-20 minutes and is typically conducted by telephone conference call.

If the application is "routine," and there are no circumstances that require Executive Officer or Board review, a Physician Assistant license typically is issued within 10-14 days. However, a licensed PA may not start work until a signed Supervision Agreement has been filed with the Board.

The total amount of time depends on a number of factors, including:

  • How quickly the applicant provides all required information. If an application arrives and is incomplete, a Board application specialist will inform the applicant about what still must be received.
  • Concerns about an applicant’s history that make the application “non-routine.” In this case, the applicant may be notified to submit additional information or may be required to appear before the Board at one of its regularly scheduled meetings.
  • The time it takes to arrange a Board member interview and have a signed Supervision Agreement filed with the Board.

If the application is considered "non-routine" there may be a delay in the processing of the application.  The applicant may be notified to submit additional information as required or may be required to appear before the Board for a personal interview during a regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Board meets six times per year every other month beginning in January.

No, Montana does not issue temporary licenses for Physician Assistants.
 

No, the physician assistant has a dependent practice and must be under Physician supervision. Under MCA 37-20-101 and MCA 37-20-403, the supervising Physician is professionally and legally responsible for all care and treatment of the Physician Assistant's patients.

A supervising physician must be a physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy) who possesses a current, active license to practice medicine in Montana; exercises supervision over the physician assistant in accordance with statute and rules adopted by the Board; retains professional and legal responsibility for the care and treatment of patients by the physician assistant; and who agrees to a supervision agreement and a duties and delegation agreement. Refer to MCA 37-20-101 and MCA 37-20-401(4).

Only if the PA's approved Supervision Agreement on file with the Board. In addition, the PA and supervising Physician must have a “Duties and Delegation” agreement that is signed and on file at the PA’s and supervising Physician’s place of work. The "D&D" must be available upon request by any other person, facility and/or the Board. It does not have to be filed with the Board office.

In accordance with MCA 37-20-401(5), a supervision agreement is a written agreement between a supervising physician and a physician assistant providing for the supervision of the physician assistant.
 

A supervising physician may provide the following types of supervision to a Physician Assistant: direct supervision, on-site supervision or general supervision.  Direct supervision means the supervisor is within technologically unassisted audible and visible reach of the person being supervised.  On-site supervision means the supervisor must be in the facility and quickly available to the Physician Assistant.  General supervision means accepting responsibility for, and overseeing the medical services of, a Physician Assistant by telephone, radio, or in person as frequently as necessary considering the location, nature of practice, and experience of the Physician Assistant.

None. Only new supervision agreements are submitted to the Board for approval. However, when a supervision agreement is terminated by either the Physician or Physician Assistant, it is the responsibility of both the Physician and PA to notify the Board of the date of termination.

Prior to the Physician Assistant beginning practice in a new working relationship with a supervising Physician.

No, under MCA 37-20-104(2), a Physician Assistant may not practice in this state without an approved supervision agreement being filed with the Board.

No, under MCA 37-20-301(2), a supervising Physician and the supervised PA shall execute a duties and delegation agreement constituting a contract that defines the Physician Assistant's professional relationship with the supervising Physician and the limitations on the PA's practice under supervision of the Physician. The agreement must be kept current, by amendment or substitution, to reflect changes in the duties of each party occurring over time. The Board may, by rule, specify other requirements for the agreement.

Under MCA 37-20-301, a duties and delegation agreement is a contract between the supervising physician and physician assistant that defines the physician assistant's professional relationship with the supervising physician and the limitations on the physician assistant's practice under the supervision of the supervising physician. The agreement must be kept current, by amendment or substitution, to reflect changes in the duties of each party occurring over time and a copy must be kept at the physician assistant's place of work. The duties and delegation agreement must be made available when requested from the board or any other individual, such as hospital, administrators, other healthcare provider and/or patient etc.

Both the supervising Physician and Physician Assistant are obligated to ensure that there is active and continuous supervision, but this does not require onsite direct supervision or the physical presence of the Physician, as long as there is a means of communication available between the supervising Physician and the Physician Assistant. However, in the event that communication is not available while the PA is practicing, the supervising Physician must provide for a "back-up" supervising Physician to assist the physician assisted as needed. The PA must be able to contact the Physician designated as "back-up" in the absence of the supervising Physician.  This does not relieve the supervising Physician's professional and legal responsibilities under MCA 37-20-301(1)(b).

A "back-up Physician" (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy) must possess a current, active Physician  license to practice medicine in Montana.

No, the Board does not require back up Physicians to be approved, nor does the Board need to be notified of a change in any back up Physician. However, the duties and delegation agreement between the Physician and Physician Assistant should describe the setting and continuous supervision method being utilized in their practice. (For example: on-site, electronic, written instructions and/or protocols, back up  Physician available, etc.)

A Physician Assistant may prescribe, dispense, and administer drugs to the extent authorized by the supervising Physician. All dispensing activities allowed by Montana law must comply with MCA 37-2-104, and with the packaging and labeling guidelines developed by the Board of Pharmacy under MCA Title 37, Chapter 7.

Statutes on prescribing are found in Title 37, Chapter 7 and Title 50 of the Montana Code Annotated.  Administrative Rules are found under ARM Title 24, Chapter 174.

  1. Termination or restriction of prescribing authority by the DEA or the Board of Medical Examiners,
  2.  Possible disciplinary action instituted against the Physician Assistant's license, and
  3.  Possible disciplinary action instituted against the supervising Physician's license.

In accordance with Board rule ARM 24.156.1623, the supervising Physician shall review a minimum of 10 percent of the Physician Assistant charts on at least a monthly basis.  Chart review for a PA having less than one year of full time practice experience from the date of initial licensure must be 100 percent for the first three months of practice, and then may be reduced to not less than 25 percent for the next three months, on a monthly basis, for each supervision agreement.  The supervising Physician shall countersign and date all written entries that have been chart reviewed and shall document any amendments, modifications, or guidance provided. Chart review for a PA who has been issued a probationary license must be 100 percent on a monthly basis, unless the Board terminates the probationary period.

NOTE: This rule is in the process of being amended. Please see the "Regulations" / "Rule Notices" area of this website for more information.

As stated in ARM 24.156.1621, you must report the following:
1.  A physician assistant shall report to the board within three months from the date of a final judgment, order, or agency action, all information related to malpractice, misconduct, criminal, or disciplinary action in which the physician assistant or the physician assistant's supervisor, based on the physician assistant's conduct, is a named party.
2. A physician assistant shall, within 10 days of receipt of a complaint from the Board, provide the Board with the name of the supervising physician who is responsible under the supervision agreement to which the complaint is related.
3.  A physician assistant with suspected or known impairment shall self-report to the Board or the Board endorsed professional assistant program (MPAP).
4.  A physician assistant is obligated to report suspected or known impairment of other health care providers to the appropriate licensing board, agency or to the endorsed professional assistance program.
The Board also requests that you report the termination of a supervision agreement and any address or name change within 30 days.

The Board also requests that you report the termination of a supervision agreement and any address or name change within 30 days.

Podiatrists

The licensing requirements for podiatrists are outlined in Montana statutes, beginning at MCA 37-6-301.
Administrative rules for podiatrist license applications begin at ARM 24.156.1002.

     NOTE: As of May 2012, the Board no longer requires character references for any of its applicants.

Begin by downloading an application from the BOME website. Look for in the “Forms” area of this website. The form will include information on documentation you will need to submit to the Board.

The application fee for a podiatrist license is $500.00 as of June 26, 2015. The fee for a two-year license renewal is $500.00.

The process of reviewing a license application begins when the main application is received. An application specialist will contact you regarding any missing or incomplete information.

During the review process, applications fall into two categories: “routine” and “non-routine.”
A “routine” license application is one in which BOME staff find no items of concern.
A “non-routine” application—in which an applicant discloses past disciplinary issues, criminal justice issues, civil proceedings or other items of concern— may take additional time to be declared “complete,” depending on how much additional information the applicant must submit and how quickly that information is delivered once it’s requested.
Once a “non-routine” application is declared “complete,” it is forwarded to the full Board for review at a regular scheduled public meeting. Those meetings occur every two months, which can mean a more lengthy delay for the applicant.

Yes, you also must apply for a Montana certification in ankle surgery. You must demonstrate that you either have been Board-certified in ankle surgery, certified for the procedure in another state, or that you have completed an approved surgical residency. You also must pay an additional $100.00 fee.
The standards for certification can be found at ARM 24.156.1003.

Telemedicine

As of July 1, 2015 (the effective date of SB 77) the Board no longer issued Telemedicine licenses. All existing Telemedicine licenses were converted to Physician licenses at the end of 2015. Starting in 2015, MCA 37-3-102 includes telemedicine as part of the “practice of medicine.”.