NAM News - March 24, 2022
In This Issue

Doctors' Day on the Hill Returned In Person!

Doctors' Day on the Hill was a great success and a welcome return to in-person meetings with our Tennessee state legislators. 50 representatives from the Nashville Academy of Medicine attended including physicians, residents, and medical students. Thank you to each of you for giving of your time to represent the issues of importance to physicians today including balance billing, step therapy reform, scope of practice, and telehealth. 

TMGMA Anniversary and Spring Conference

The Tennessee Medical Group Management Association is hosting their spring conference and celebrating their 50th Anniversary on March 30-April 1.  The conference is filled with dynamic speakers and opportunities for learning and engagement for your practice managers.

Frist College of Medicine Hiring Adjunct Faculty

The Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine at Belmont University is now hiring clinical adjunct faculty and is seeking those passionate about medical student teaching, role-modeling and whole-person care. Click here to learn more.   It has also launched its website,

BME Changes CME Date Requirements for Licensure Renewal

On March 11, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners (BME) sent out a summary of new rules going into effect on June 6, 2022. Most importantly for doctors who are already licensed, the time period in which to obtain the required 40 hours of CME prior to license renewal is changing.
  • Licensees will now be allowed to obtain internet CME hours if they met the criterial for CME credit, such as AMA Category 1
  • Also, after June 6, licensees would need to obtain the 40 hours of required CME in the immediate 24 months before the month of license renewal. Currently, all 40 hours must be obtained within the two calendar years prior to the year a licensee must renew a license (For 2022 renewals before June 6, 2022, all CME was required by December 31, 2022).
The BME has indicated that there will be some latitude regarding enforcement during the transition period. The change will not impact the current system of random CME audits conducted following the month of your licensure renewal. Continue to save your documented hours and only send them in pursuant to an audit request.
The new rules also change the number of allowable times an applicant for a license gets to try to pass the USMLE and address re-entry to practice after absence from clinical practice. 
For more information on continuing medical education and licensure renewal, members may access TMA’s Law Guide topic on Continuing Medical Education at or contact the legal department at
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Scam Alert: TRPN Direct Pay

Be on the lookout for a $15 check from TRPN Direct Pay along with a Provider Participation Agreement Amendment. If you cash the $15 check, the fine print states:
  • You agree to their terms for participating in the TRPN network;
  • You may NOT balance bill a TRPN patient; 
  • You must accept the plan’s payment
  • A breach of the agreement results in liquidated damages
  • The contract is for 36 months and automatically renews unless notice is provided six months prior to the renewal date.
It appears that TRPN is a silent PPO and sells its networks to other entities; therefore, you’ll be obligated to this reimbursement for any entity that accesses the TRPN network. If you receive this check and agreement, you may file a complaint with TDOCI by clicking here.  
This is not a new scam as the California Medical Association issued complaints against this company in early 2021. Learn more from Nashville Medical News here.
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