Blog | Friday, January 23, 2015

8 states seek to speed cross-state licensing

Eight states, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming, have introduced legislation that could speed the process of issuing licenses for physicians who want to practice in multiple states.

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact would modernize and streamline interstate licensing while maintaining oversight, accountability and patient protections, according to the creator of the model legislation, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The new interstate compact system would help physicians improve access to care for patients in multiple jurisdictions and help underserved populations receive the healthcare they need.

“The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which is now being considered in state legislatures across the country, offers an effective solution to the question of how best to balance patient safety and quality care with the needs of a growing and changing health care market,” said Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MACP, president and CEO of FSMB. “We're pleased to have supported the state medical board community as it developed this groundbreaking model legislation and look forward to working with states that wish to implement this innovative approach to licensure.”

The final model Interstate Medical Licensure Compact legislation was released in September 2014. Since then, more than 25 medical and osteopathic boards have publicly expressed support for the Compact.

“The growing number of introductions in state legislatures represents the desire for a dynamic system of expedited licensure that simultaneously respects the inherent role of state regulatory agencies in protecting the public,” added Dr. Chaudhry. “At a time when some within the telemedicine industry seek to implement licensing frameworks that undermine and circumvent state licensing rules and practice requirements, the Compact is a key element to ensuring state sovereignty while providing the license portability necessary to enhance the delivery of health care.”

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has launched a new webpage and interactive map to track the progress of the Compact in state legislatures, as well as answer compact-related questions where individuals can see if their state has introduced legislation supporting the Compact.