Minnesota Regulation of Physicians

Minn. Stat. § 147.02 empowers the Board of Medical Practice to issue licenses to persons to practice medicine.  The board issues a licence to a person who is not licensed in any other states or Canada.  For granting of a license a person has to file a written application showing the board that the applicant is of good moral character.  The applicant should also present evidence of being a graduate of a medical or osteopathic school located in the U.S.  Additionally, the applicant must have passed the initial examination which the board determines applicable.

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 147.032, a physician not licensed to practice medicine in the state of Minnesota may provide medical services to a patient located in this state through interstate telemedicine if the following conditions are met:

  1. the physician is licensed without restriction to practice medicine in the state from which the physician provides telemedicine services;
  2. the physician has not had a license to practice medicine revoked or restricted in any state or jurisdiction;
  3. the physician does not open an office in this state, does not meet with patients in this state, and does not receive calls in this state from patients; and
  4. the physician annually registers with the board, on a form provided by the board.

To register with the board, the physician must state the intention to provide interstate telemedicine services[i] and should also submit complete information[ii]regarding:

  1. all states and jurisdictions in which the physician is currently licensed;
  2. any states or jurisdictions in which the physician was previously licensed;
  3. any negative licensing actions taken previously against the physician in any state or jurisdiction; and
  4. other information requested by the board.

Generally, when a person who has previously practiced in another state desires to practice medicine in Minnesota, s/he should submit some additional information. They are:

  1. the name and address of the person’s professional liability insurer in the other state; and
  2. the number, date, and disposition of any medical malpractice settlement or award made to the plaintiff relating to the quality of medical treatment with the license application.

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 147.0381, a person regulated by the board, whose right to practice is under suspension, condition, limitation, qualification, or restriction may be granted cancellation of credentials by approval of the board.

As provided by the code the Board of Medical Practice shall not renew, reissue, reinstate, or restore a license that has lapsed.  A licensee whose license is canceled for non-renewal must obtain a new license by applying for licensure and fulfilling all requirements then in existence for an initial license to practice medicine in Minnesota[iii].

The code provides that a state or local medical society shall report to the board any termination, revocation, or suspension of membership or any other disciplinary action taken against a physician[iv].

[i] Minn. Stat. § 147.032 (1).

[ii] Minn. Stat. § 147.032 (2).

[iii] Minn. Stat. § 147.039.

[iv] Minn. Stat. § 147.111 Subd. 3.


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