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Improved user experience planned for discrepancy reporting on AMA Profiles Hub

Click to learn more about changes coming to the discrepancy reporting form. Also check out a new instructional documentsregarding discrepancy reporting.Published 6/10/20

COVID-19 causes temporary state licensing board changes

AMA is continuously monitoring temporary changes made by state licensing boards in response to COVID-19. Click to view the latest information and how it is communicated on an AMA Profile. Published 5/11/20

COVID-19 impacts Florida DO license renewal
Osteopathic physicians with an active Florida license set to expire Mar. 31, 2020, will have until May 31, 2020, to renew their Florida licenses. This extension affects 769 records. On an AMA Profile, the license will show a status of Active and a past expiration date. Updates to the data to reflect new status and/or expiration date are anticipated after June 1, 2020, and will be reflected on the AMA Profile. Click here to see the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine for the original story. Published 5/13/20.

Michigan Bureau launches new licensing platform
The Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing launched a new licensing platform known as MiPLUS in 2019. That platform launch required some existing physician license numbers be converted to new numbers. The conversion affected 4,067 allopathic (MD) licenses and 1,628 osteopathic (DO) licenses classified by the state as one of the following:

  • Medical Doctor Education Limited
  • Osteopathic Physician Education Limited
  • Medical Doctor Academic Limited
  • Medical Doctor Limited
On an AMA Profile, these license types are noted as either restricted or limited. Changes made by the state of Michigan did not affect full license types.

One of the values of an AMA Profile is that it provides a complete record of a physician’s license history. As such, information for both the converted Michigan license number and the new license number has been reported on affected profiles since the change went into effect

To gain further proof of this change, a free verification of a Michigan license number can be conducted by clicking “Verify a License” at The Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing has confirmed for the AMA that when a converted license number is entered in the LARA verification system, it will validate that converted number by returning information linked to the new license number.

Questions specific to the Michigan license number conversion can be directed to Published 4/20/20

State Actions Related to licensure response to Covid-19.
Click to view the State Actions related to licensure in response to COVID-19. Published date of 3/25/2020

Infographic on US Physician Workforce Statistics
Click to view the infographic on US Physician workforce statistics. The infographic provides a brief makeup of US physicians, residents, and students. A snippet of what the AMA Masterfile data can provide. Published date of 3/20/2020

Change by specialty board leads to new profile status indicator
Beginning Jan. 17, 2020, a new status indicator will be reported within the Specialty Board Certification section of an AMA Physician Profile. The new status indicator is Converted. It indicates that a certificate type is no longer applicable due to a change put into effect by a specialty board. A converted status does not carry with it any negative or red flag implications.

When it goes into effect, the converted status will apply initially to fewer than 3,000 radiologists.

AMA identified the need for a new indicator when the American Board of Radiology completed a recent certificate conversion project. Details about those certificate types converted by the ABR and its memo to credentialers and practices can be found on the following web pages:

Published 1/7/20

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