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physician might choose this option. Some believe
that they might return to practice at some point
and want to avoid the "hassle" of reactivating their
license. Others, although technically retired from
their day-to-day duties of full-time practice, plan
to consult or moonlight at their convenience.
If you decide to keep your active license, you must
meet all of the current licensure requirements:
* Complete the biennial application and pay the
required fee to maintain your license.
* Meet continuing medical education (CME)
requirements.
*F
 ulfill mandatory child abuse recognition and
reporting training, as a condition of license
renewal.
* Maintain medical professional liability insurance, including participation in Mcare.

LCCMS/PAMED
Membership Retired Member

of practice that allopathic physicians must
adhere to when prescribing, administering,
and dispensing drugs.

We encourage you to consider
maintaining your membership in
LCCMS/PAMED after retirement.
The membership cost for retired
members is approximately 20
percent of an active physician
membership. In addition to staying
informed and engaged with your
professional society, you get full
access to continuing medical
education, which is required if
you want to maintain your active
license with the State. Contact
PAMED at 855-PAMED4U (855726-3348) or KnowledgeCenter@
pamedsoc.org to discuss your
membership options during this
transition.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) requires certain physicians
and other eligible professionals to enroll in
the Medicare program, via a CMS-855O
application, for the sole purpose of ordering
or certifying items or services for Medicare
beneficiaries, and prescribing Part D drugs.

If you know that you want to keep your active
license, but will not practice at all, you may
qualify for an exemption from the state's medical
professional liability insurance requirements. To
confirm your exemption from the malpractice
requirement, you may contact Mcare to request
this information at (717) 783-3770, Ext. 280 or
find the form, along with instructions, by logging
onto: https://www.insurance.pa.gov/SpecialFunds/MCARE/Pages/Mcare-Compliance.aspx.

unless they meet one of the exceptions:
don't have a DEA registration number
and don't use the DEA number of another
individual or entity.

Once you complete the Mcare Declaration of
Compliance form, Mcare will let you know
whether or not you meet the exception and will
not be required to maintain insurance.

Active-retired physicians are not required to
have medical professional liability insurance,
participate in Mcare, or meet the 100 credit
CME requirement.

Option 2: Get an active-retired license. Pennsylvania physicians can also apply for an active-retired
license. With this license, physicians are only
allowed to write prescriptions for themselves and
immediate family members who live with them
(spouse, children, parents, siblings).

What prescriptions can physicians
write with an active-retired license? 
With an active-retired license, a physician
can only write prescriptions for themselves
and immediate family members. The Mcare
Act defines immediate family members as a
parent, spouse, child, or adult sibling residing
in the same household.

Physicians with an active-retired license are
required to do all of the following:
* Complete the biennial application and submit
the required fee to maintain the active-retired
license.
* Fulfill the mandatory child abuse recognition
and reporting training, as a condition of license
renewal.
*A
 ctive-retired physicians also would need
to complete the required opioid education

When writing prescriptions for themselves
or immediate family members, active-retired
physicians must still comply with statutory
requirements and applicable licensure board
regulations. Note this would include relevant
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
(PDMP) requirements. State Board of
Medicine regulations, see  49 Pa. Code
§16.92, provide the minimum standards

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Are active-retired licensees required to
maintain professional liability insurance? 
The Mcare Act requires physicians actively
practicing in Pennsylvania to maintain
certain amounts of medical professional
liability insurance and contribute to the
Mcare Fund. However, under the Mcare
Act, active-retired licensees are exempted
from this requirement and are not required
to maintain liability insurance or participate
in the Mcare Fund as directed under the Act.  
Physicians should notify the Pennsylvania
Insurance Department's Mcare Compliance
Unit when they go on active-retired status.
If physicians do not notify the Compliance
Unit when they transition to active-retired
status, the Department will think that they
are non-compliant with the Mcare Act.  
Physicians can contact the Mcare Compliance Unit at (717) 783-3770, Ext 280. An
Mcare Compliance Form will also need to
be completed to verify Mcare exemption. 
Option 3: Go to inactive status. When your
Pennsylvania medical license is inactive, you
are no longer licensed to practice medicine
in the state. It also means that:
*Y
 ou do not have to complete the biennial
application and required fee to maintain
your license.
*Y
 ou do not have to complete the CME
requirements.
*Y
 ou do not have to complete the mandatory
child abuse recognition and reporting training.
*Y
 ou do not have to maintain medical professional liability insurance or participate
in Mcare.
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