Florida Department of Health Launches New System to Track Continuing Education Credits

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

In July 2013, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced the launch of “CE @ Renewal,” a new system that verifies a practitioner’s required continuing education records at the time of licensure renewal. Currently the system requests health care practitioners to input their continuing education records in the electronic tracking system at the time of licensure renewal. Eventually the DOH will require continuing education records to be verified in order to proceed with a license renewal.

Previously health care professionals have been required to complete continuing education hours, but were not required to report these hours as a prerequisite for renewal of their license. They had to keep track of courses they took themselves. Only if they were selected to an audit, would they have to produce documentation. This way problematic since, several years after the fact, sometimes documentation could not longer be located.

To assist through the license renewal process, the DOH is offering health care practitioners a series of four educational webinars.


Signing Up for DOH Webinars.


As the DOH moves through the license renewal cycle for osteopathic physicians, chiropractic physicians and podiatric physicians, the DOH will offer monthly webinars called, “The Florida Department of Health’s Continuing Education Integration Project Overview.”

These webinars will feature the DOH’s new approach to license renewal. Participants will learn how the DOH will review continuing education records at the time of license renewal. Health care practitioners will also see a demonstration of the continuing education tracking system, including how to create a basic account, view course history and report continuing education completion into the tracking system.

The DOH’s webinars will be offered:

    -  January 9, 2014, at 10:30 A.M.
    -  February 5, 2014, at 9:00 A.M.
    -  February 26, 2014, at 2:00 P.M.
    -  March 5, 2014, at 9:00 A.M.

To register, click on the date you would like to sign up for.

If you are unable to attend one of these webinars, you can visit www.FLHealthSource.gov to learn more about the new approach to license renewal or for specific continuing education requirements for your profession.


How Electronic System Could Affect the Renewal of Your License.

It is important that health care practitioners understand how this simple change will affect the way you renew your license in the future. If the practitioner’s continuing education records are complete, he or she will be able to renew their license without interruption. If the practitioner’s continuing education records are not complete, he or she will be prompted to enter his or her remaining continuing education hours before proceeding with their license renewal.


Future of Project.

According to the DOH, the project is being implemented in two phases. Phase I will prompt the licensee to input his or her required continuing education hours but will not prevent licensure renewal. This phase will continue through the end of 2014. Phase II will begin in January 2015, and will require that continuing education hours are verified in order to proceed with a license renewal. Click here to read the press release from the Florida DOH.

By integrating verification of continuing education compliance with the renewal process this project eliminates the need to audit health care practitioners after licensure renewal.


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Comments?

What do you think about the continuing education tracking system? Will you be listening in on one of the webinars? Please leave any thoughtful comments below.


Source:

DOH Communications. “Florida Department of Health Assists Practitioners with Verification of Continuing Education.” Florida Department of Health. (July 22, 2013). From: http://newsroom.doh.state.fl.us/wp-content/uploads/newsroom/2013/05/xxxxxxCE@Renewal.pdf


About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law.  He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice.  Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area.  www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone:  (407) 331-6620.


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