The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) has been given authority by the Louisiana Legislature to require continuing medical education (CME) for medical licensure in Louisiana.
As stated in the Rule, every physician seeking the renewal or reinstatement of licensure, effective January 1, 2002, shall annually document successful completion of not less than 20 hours of approved continuing medical education.
Physicians who are licensed or will be applying for medical licensure in Louisiana must be able to verify participation in 20 hours of board approved CME annually. As a method of verification the LSBME is allowed to audit no less than two percent of the physician population. If a physician is audited, he or she must present documentation within 30 days of notification mailing. A physician's failure to notify the LSBME of mailing address changes does not absolve the licensee from the audit requirement.
As written, the law requires that documentation be obtained from specific bodies. These are organizations accredited to designate credits equivalent to Category 1 of the Physicians’ Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. On the LSMS website is a list of all organizations that are accredited by the LSMS to offer CME activities throughout Louisiana and other accredited organizations across the US. It is important that physicians take special effort to notice designation statements of activities. These statements verify whether or not the activity will be accepted in accordance with the licensure rules.
It is the responsibility of each physician to assure that the CME activities that he or she participates in are relevant to his or her practice. The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the AMA has issued Ethical Opinion 9.011 on Continuing Medical Education. The LSMS staff is available to address questions or concerns for physicians and can be reached via phone at 225.763.8500.