Board Information

Emergency Care Provider (ECP)

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners has the privilege of licensing ECPs.  We pleased to share with you the licensing and regulatory information for ECPs. However, if you are actually looking for EMS SERVICE (Ambulance Service) information, you’ll need to go to the EMS and Trauma Systems Section of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

You can apply as an ECP at any level, download a paper application for ECP licensure or apply on-line with the on-line application process .
If applying on-line, you’ll be directed to our eBiz web site. Once there,

  1. Create an account
  2. Select the “Health Care Licensing” tab
  3. Select “Apply for license”
  4. Agree to the terms
  5. Select “Medical Examiners” from the drop down box
  6. Select level of licensure you are applying for, EMR, EMT, AEMT or Paramedic
  7. Follow the steps for completing the application including uploading documents
  8. Pay for your application

You can verify who is already licensed (by choosing the "Services Tab" above), and learn the statutory and regulatory requirements for ECPs licensed in Montana (by selecting the "Regs" Tab above).  You can also learn of board meetings and agenda topics (by making a selection to the left).

 

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:

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

Apply for ECP Licensure

ECP Licensure

The State of Montana has established professional licensing for EMT’s and has assigned the Montana Board of Medical Examiners to establish the requirements and issue a professional license for all levels of ECP.
The Board of Medical Examiners requires an application to assure the licensee has met all the requirements. Because ECPs are professional licensed there is no requirement for residency or EMS unit affiliation.  Issuance of a license is based on successful completion of a DOT EMT educational program and certification by the National Registry of EMT’s, or certification by the American Board of Pre-Hospital Care. Also a current National Practioner Databank search and other items as identified in the applications instruction page. 
You can download a paper application for ECP licensure or apply on-line with the on-line application process .
If applying on-line, you’ll be directed to our eBiz web site. Once there,

  1. Create an account
  2. Select the “Health Care Licensing” tab
  3. Select “Apply for license”
  4. Agree to the terms
  5. Select “Medical Examiners” from the drop down box
  6. Select level of licensure you are applying for, EMR, EMT, AEMT or Paramedic
  7. Follow the steps for completing the application including uploading documents
  8. Pay for your application

 

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

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.

 

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

ECP Lead Instructor

In Montana the Lead Instructor is the local course coordinator designated by the Montana Board of Medical Examiners to coordinate ECP training. 

To be designated as a Lead Instructor you need only to attend a Lead Instructor Training Program. They are offered by four times a year; twice in the fall and twice in the spring at various locations across the state. To determine the next location and date please click on the link below and open the Lead Instructor Training Program Registration.  There is no registration cost to attend the program.

Other menu items located on the left are documents intended for the Lead Instructor or others interested in the education requirements and curricula utilized in Montana.


Lead Instructor Training Program Registration

Endorsements

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR): 
EMR- Endorsement Curricula: "EMR Monitoring"     

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT):
EMT- Airway Endorsement     
EMT- IV / IO Initiation Endorsement     
EMT- IV / IO Maintenance Endorsement                 
EMT- Medication Endorsement
       
Paramedic:  
Paramedic Endorsement Curricula: Critical Care Technician   

Download Current Lead Instructor Disk

Download compressed Zip directory

Download Instructions

Once you click on the "Download" button on the final page, a box will pop up with two options: Open or Save. Please click on the "Save" button, and save the file to your computer first before you open it.

A ZIP file uses the .zip file extension and is used to compress files into one folder.

For Windows users, if you have downloaded a ZIP file, the first step is to save the zip file to your computer and then navigate to your folder. To unzip the file, you will have to right-click on the folder and select "extract."

For Mac users, if you have downloaded a ZIP file, the first step is to save the zip file to your computer and then navigate to your folder. To unzip the file, you will have to double-click the file you wish to unzip. Your files will be unzipped into the same folder as the original ZIP file.

EMT Medical Director

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners requires medical direction at every level of EMT beyond the Basic EMT (including endorsements). The Board defines the Medical Director and has established requirements for the Medical Director.

24.156.2732 MEDICAL DIRECTION
(1) Within 60 days of taking on the responsibilities as an ECP medical director, a physician or physician assistant shall:
(a) notify the board they are providing medical direction to ECPs on a form provided by the board; and
(b) provide proof of completion of a board-specified medical director training program or a board-approved exemption from the training on a form provided by the board.
(2) A physician or physician assistant who functions as a medical director and fails to comply with the requirements of (1) may not function as a medical director.
(3) The medical director shall be responsible for the overall medical care provided by the ECPs for whom the director agrees to provide medical oversight.
(4) The medical director must assure and have access to records of all ECPs for whom the director provides medical oversight. These records must include, but are not limited to:
(a) the name, address, and current Montana licensure of the ECP, including any endorsements;
(b) date when medical oversight began and at what level the ECP is authorized to function; and
(c) any changes to limit or approve the ECP's ability to function at the ECP's current licensure level.
(5) The medical director must develop a process to assure continued appropriate patient care. This process may include regular review of patient care reports (PCR), direct observation of care, skills demonstrations, and ongoing involvement in ECP education. Documentation of these activities must be maintained.
(6) A medical director may assign duties where appropriate, but retains the responsibility for all assigned duties.
(a) The medical director may delegate local offline medical direction responsibilities to another unrestricted Montana licensed physician or physician assistant.
(7) The medical director will approve and review the offering of online medical control.
(a) Online medical control must be provided by any unrestricted Montana licensed physician or physician assistant who has been contacted for this purpose.
(8) The medical director may cease medical oversight by providing written notice to the ECP and the board.
(9) The board or their designee may conduct onsite visits with medical directors for technical assistance and/or to assure compliance.

Education

The Montana Board of Medical Examiners is providing all medical Directors an on-line Medical Director Educational Program to meet the training requirement. The program is flexible and allows you to go directly to the testing portion if you have previous Medical Direction experience and wish to complete the program by testing in lieu of taking the entire program.

It is hosted by the National Association of EMS Physicians.

In addition; FREE CME credits are available for you as well for successful completion.

Here is the training link: Guide For Preparing Medical Directors

Once you have completed the web based training program, you’ll need to send a copy of your course certificate to the Board. The Board staff will document your completion and for your convenience it will show on your licensure.  A simple transmittal form is available for you to utilize when sending in your certificate so that the staff can correctly credit you with having completed the training.  The form is downloadable in the “Forms” section of the web site (on the left of the page in which you are reading this).

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.

eBiz Questions

The Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to bring you “eBiz,” a new 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 (but not the information that appears on your license.)

Soon, you will be able to track your application online.

“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

The eBiz system generates a default User Name and Password for every licensee within the Department of Labor and Industry’s Business Standards Division. In addition, each new applicant who provides an e-mail address also gets a default User Name and Password.
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 new “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 “with prejudice.” This means the complaint may not be raised again.
*Dismiss a complaint “without prejudice.” This means if the Compliance Unit receives a similar complaint about the licensee, the Panel may consider that new 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 go 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 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, visit the Board of Medical Examiners website at www.medicalboard.mt.gov
In the tabs across the page, click on “Services/Links” 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.  If you would like a copy of your license in your new name you must include $5 for a duplicate license.

Please use the address change form located under the “Forms” tab on this website (or notify the board in writing via fax or US mail). Licensees are required to notify the Board of an address change within 30 days.

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, Telemedicine licensees, Emergency Care Providers (formerly EMTs). Telemedicine licenses no longer may be renewed. A Telemedicine license may be converted to a Physician license under Board rules and procedures to be announced prior to the Feb. 1 start of the 2016 Physician renewal period.
*October 31 - Acupuncturists, Nutritionists, Physician Assistants, Podiatrists

Yes. Following the renewal deadline (the expiration date of the license,) an un-renewed license becomes “lapsed” and may be renewed online for up to 45 days using the “eBiz” web service, but with a substantial penalty for late renewal.
Any license not renewed within 45 days following the expiration date becomes “expired.” An “expired” license may be renewed using the Board’s paper renewal form at any time within two years following the expiration date, but with a substantial penalty.
If not renewed within two years following the expiration date, a license is “terminated” and dropped from the licensing database. A licensee whose license has been “terminated” and wants to resume practice in Montana must re-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 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 ID and Password to access the eBiz system. As your renewal period arrives, the Department will send notification to your address of record that will include your User ID and Password.

Yes, the Board’s rules still require the Board office to send a renewal notice to all licensees. With eBiz now in place, renewal notices will come by letter and will include the eBiz web address, the licensee’s User ID and Password, and additional information about how to renew.
It’s the Board’s intention that all renewal notices will be sent primarily by e-mail. That’s why it’s important to make sure the Board has a current e-mail address for you.

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.

No it will not. The Board (and all other Boards within the Business Standards Division) no longer use e-pass for license renewals. You must use your new User ID and Password to access the eBiz system.

You should be careful about changing your status and should always contact staff before making this decision.

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.

Consequently, physicians should consider paying the full $400 renewal fee for an active license to retain their ability to practice. (The “Inactive” renewal fee is $200.)

Changing to “Retired” has even greater consequences. “Retired” licensees essentially surrender all ability to practice in Montana permanently and may not re-activate their licenses under any circumstance. A “Retired” licensee who wishes to resume “Active” practice must apply for a new license and complete the full application process specified by the Board.

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 to 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 licensees and interested parties.

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 Amendment 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” and official 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, it 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.

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.