Blog | Monday, September 8, 2014

QD: News Every Day--Board finishes draft of interstate licensure compact

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) completed its draft of an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact designed to speed the process of issuing licenses for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states.

“With the drafting process complete, state legislatures and medical boards can now begin to consider the adoption of this model legislation establishing an interstate medical licensure compact,” said Humayun J. Chaudhry, MD, MACP, president and CEO of FSMB. “The FSMB is pleased to have supported the state medical board community as it developed this compact to streamline licensure while maintaining patient protection as a top priority. We look forward to working with states that wish to implement this innovative new policy.”

The model establishes the location of a patient as the jurisdiction for oversight and patient protections. It involves expedited licensure over which the member states can maintain control through a coordinated legislative and administrative process. Participation in an interstate compact would be voluntary, for both states and physicians.