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Summary of New BME Rules Effective January 2, 2022

Don’t want to read 16 pages of new BME rules? TMA has summarized them for you!

January 3, 2022
 

Nashville, TN – In December, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners (BME) sent out notice of new rules for medical doctors that went into effect on Jan. 2, 2022. These amendments will affect applicants seeking licensure as allopathic medical doctors who do not qualify for a full and unrestricted license, but may qualify for a temporary, limited, administrative, or St. Jude license, as well as those applying to register as a surgical assistant. The TMA legal department has summarized the rules below.

Fees
Three new fees are established. None apply to fully licensed physicians. There is a $225 limited license conversion fee, a $50 fee for the registration of surgical assistants, and an $80 fee for registered surgical assistants to renew their registrations.

Temporary Medical License
The rules establish a process for new applicants to receive a temporary license for up to two years for an express purpose approved by the BME. It is non-renewable. Physicians receiving temporary licenses may not supervise or collaborate with an APRN or PA.

Limited License
The rules establish a process for new applicants to receive a limited Tennessee medical license for up to two years. It is non-renewable. The limited license shall be for the accomplishment of training as determined necessary by the Board on a case by case basis. A physician receiving a limited license may not supervise or collaborate with an APRN or PA.

The rules also establish a process by which a limited license holder may apply to convert the limited license into a full unrestricted Tennessee medical license. It requires payment of the license conversion fee along with the application.

Administrative License
The rules establish a process for new applicants to receive an administrative Tennessee medical license. The rules define administrative medical practice. An administrative license holder may not practice clinical medicine. This is a renewable license. Administrative licenses are not convertible to full licenses; one must file a separate application for a full license if a full license is desired. A physician receiving an administrative license may not supervise or collaborate with an APRN or PA.

St. Jude License
The rules establish a process for new applicants who do not possess a full Tennessee medical license to receive a license to practice only at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It is the responsibility of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to submit an application on behalf of a prospective employee. This license is renewable. St. Jude licenses are not convertible to full licenses; one must file a separate application for a full license if a full license is desired.

Surgical Assistant Registration
To use or assume the title "registered surgical assistant" in Tennessee, a person must first possess a lawfully issued registration from the board. This is not a physician license; it is for persons nationally certified in surgical assisting by one of three certification bodies identified in the rule. Tennessee registration is required in addition to the national certification in order to be considered a registered surgical assistant. The rule sets out the requirements one must meet in order to be registered as a surgical assistant. There is a “grandfather” clause for those already certified to become registered. The registration is required to be renewed every two years. Thirty (30) hours of continuing education are required for renewal.