SB 178 - This act modifies provisions regarding the licensing of podiatrists. References to podiatry are changed to podiatric medicine. The act changes references to the registration of podiatrists to the licensure of podiatrists. The required examination for licensure shall be an exam offered by the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners as well as an exam on applicable Missouri law and regulations. The act deletes the requirement that the license contain the residence address of the individual. The act authorizes the board to require an additional fee for duplicate licenses if the person maintains more than one office.
Persons serving an internship/residency in a Missouri hospital may obtain a license from the board for a two-year period, instead of the current law which authorizes a one-year license with a one-year renewal. The act modifies provisions to require biennial license renewal, rather than annual license renewal. A retired podiatrist will be required to submit evidence of obtaining sufficient continuing education in order to reactivate the person's license. Each board member will receive $70, rather than the current $50, for each day devoted to board activities.
The act provides that if the board revokes the license of a podiatrist, the board may prohibit the person from reapplying for a period of time ranging from two to seven years. Before restoring any license which has been revoked or inactive for any reason, the board can require the person to obtain continuing medical education courses and pass specified examinations.