Final Interstate Medical Licensing Compact Released
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 05:37 PM

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released the final version of an interstate medical licensure compact intended to help physicians gain licensure in multiple states. The FSMB expects the compact to facilitate the practice of telemedicine and to expand access to care in underserved areas of the country.

To take effect, the compact must be approved by legislatures in at least 7 states. If medical boards recommend joining the agreement, she added, there is no reason why state legislatures would not follow their advice.  In essence, the compact streamlines the process of applying for medical licenses in multiple states while keeping the responsibility for licensing and disciplining physicians within state boards.

The FSMB has made 2 significant changes in the model legislation since it was announced last month, Robin said. First, it added language that says a physician may qualify for an expedited license if that physician is board certified or holds a time-unlimited specialty certificate. Second, it eliminated the requirement that a physician be in practice for at least 3 years to qualify for an expedited license.