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Multistate physician license may yet become easier

Physician licensure for physicians practicing in multiple states has been a difficult proposition to this point, with varying requirements for licensure in each individual state, the cost of licensure being what it is despite perhaps seeing only a few patients in each state. However, there continues to be some movement towards easing that process. According to an article in Newswise at http://www.newswise.com/articles/eight-states-formally-introduce-legislation-to-speed-physician-licensing-across-state-lines, some state legislatures are viewing passage of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, model legislation that would speed the process of issuing licenses for physicians who wish to practice in multiple states. In nine state, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming, the model legislation has been recently introduced.

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is meant to establish a process of interstate licensure. According to Dr. Humayun J. Chaudhry, president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards, the driving force behind the Compact, "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. 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."

Since the introduction of the Compact in September 2014 more than 25 medical and osteopathic boards have publicly expressed support for the Compact, including the Wisconsin Medical Board. The FSMB has produced an interactive map that documents the support in state legislatures for the Compact. The map is available at http://licenseportability.org/. The language of the compact is available at https://www.fsmb.org/Media/Default/PDF/Advocacy/Interstate%20Medical%20Licensure%20Compact%20(FINAL).pdf.

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