Biennial Licensing: Renew On-Line Before June 30

Letters from the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, outlining the biennial license renewal process are in the mail to physicians licensed in New Jersey. This year, there are three important points of information for our members:

* Physicians are urged to participate in the Board of Medical Examiners’ (BME)  physician workforce survey that will precede the online renewal;
*  Physicians are urged to renew online; and
*  Physicians who have not undergone the criminal background check must take action now to avoid statutory suspension.

The BME is requesting that licensees complete a short workforce survey as part of the renewal process this year. The information sought is similar to that being sought in a legislative initiative, through A.2552, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7). By a narrow margin, MSNJ leadership chose not to support the bill that would have mandated a collection of this information on an ongoing basis. The BME is relying on its statutory authority to conduct this voluntary survey.  The survey contains twelve questions and can be completed in five minutes. If a physician is unable to answer a question, it may be skipped, though we encourage members to provide as much information as possible.

MSNJ leadership and staff have reviewed the survey and determined that the data collection could actually assist our advocacy efforts, particularly on tort reform, Medicare participation, and the anticipated physician shortage in New Jersey. It may also compliment the economic study on physician practices in New Jersey which will be released on May 13. We believe that participating in the survey may also negate the need for a legislative mandate. We appreciate the BME’s effort to gather this general workforce information in an anonymous, minimally intrusive fashion.

Current licenses expire on June 30, 2011. Physicians are urged to renew online. There are detailed instructions in the letter for on-line renewal and the option to visit the Newark or Trenton office, with a photo ID, and receive personal assistance to renew on-line. You may also request a paper renewal application by calling 973-272-8090.

Physicians who have not undergone the statutory criminal background check and finger print process must take action now to avoid license suspension. The BME has identified approximately 2, 000 licensees who are delinquent on this statutory requirement and are at risk of license suspension. Letters have been sent to these physicians. Immediate action is necessary. Physicians wishing to renew must quickly submit to the fingerprint check. Physicians who are retiring, leaving the state, or who wish not to renew should select inactive status to avoid automatic statutory license suspension and the more onerous ramifications of non-renewal including submission of  delinquent fees and retesting after five years of inactivity. Read this FAQ for further information on the criminal background check.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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