General Information


March 9, 2018
Proposed Amendment to Regulation 17

The Medical Board will conduct a public hearing involving a proposed amendment to Regulation 17 Continuing Medical Education requirements on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. The public hearing will be held in the board room of the Medical Board office.

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March 7, 2018
Ongoing Fax Problems

All fax machines at the Arkansas State Medical Board and the CCVS are currently experiencing transmission difficulties. These problems have been communicated to the telecommunications carrier who is working to determine the cause of the issue as it is not an internal issue within the Board. If you need to send documents to the Board please email those documents in PDF format to If you need to email documents to CCVS please email those documents in PDF format to Thank you for your patience.

February 21, 2018
Proposed Changes to Prescribing Regulations

At the February 2018 meeting of the Arkansas State Medical Board, numerous public comments were taken regarding proposed changes to Regulation 2. Based on some of those comments, it was determined that some physicians may have misinterpreted the proposed definition of excessive and may be telling patients the Arkansas State Medical Board no longer allows physicians to prescribe certain controlled substances. This is not the case.

The proposed changes do not require that physicians cease prescribing controlled substances. As with any prescription, there must be a documented, detailed medical justification for the prescription in the patient record. For those cases with the documented, detailed medical justification and for which the prescription is written for chronic pain, the change in Regulation 2 would adopt the CDC guidelines limiting the prescription to less than 50 Morphine Milligram Equivalents per day unless the physician documents certain findings in the file. Those findings are delineated in the proposed Regulation.

For those persons being prescribed controlled substances for acute pain, the prescription limitation is 7 days unless there is detailed, documented medical justification in the patient record for a prescription of a longer duration.

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November 21, 2017
Telephone Scam Involving Practitioner Licenses

A number of licensees have called the Board regarding phone calls they have received stating that their Arkansas license could be in jeopardy. In some of these calls, the person poses as a DEA agent. If you receive such a call, do not provide the caller with any identifying information. Be advised that action on your license would not be initiated by a phone call. If you receive a call and have questions regarding the status of your license, call the Board office at 501-296-1802.