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States to Consider Measure to Expedite Multistate Medical Licensure — Physician’s First Watch

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July 30, 2014

States to Consider Measure to Expedite Multistate Medical Licensure

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

A viewpoint in JAMA highlights the proposed Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which would provide a streamlined, expedited way for physicians to get medical licenses in multiple states.

Currently, physicians apply directly to a state medical board. If the compact were approved, they could instead apply for new state licenses through the interstate commission.

The possible benefits include helping with physician shortages in underserved regions and allowing more physicians to practice via telemedicine. It could also enable patients with complicated or rare diseases to have easier access to specialists.

The Federation of State Medical Boards revealed the updated draft interstate compact last week. Among the eligibility criteria, physicians must have had their licenses for at least 3 years and must have passed each component of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination within three tries. Participating state boards would be mandated to share complaints and investigations with other participating state boards.

The federation says that model legislation is expected to be available for state legislatures to consider beginning in 2015.

Reader Comments (8)

MICHAEL MARSH Physician, Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine

Should work out nicely. Once we are all employees of the government, they can easily ship us where they want us. Just sayin.

SCOTT JOSEPH Physician, Psychiatry

This would be quite useful.i practice on the border of North dakota and MN, and would love to have ND licensure as well as MN.

Michael F. Mascia, MD, MPH Physician, Critical Care Medicine, Geisinger

PGY 42 for me and there no question about the need for this long overdue change in medical licensing. It is logical, necessary and will prove to be safe and cost effective. Let's help make it happen.
Dr. Mike

john bagwell Physician, Oncology, N/A

To those who have gone through a recent duplicative and overlapping credentialing process, the proposed legislation offers some relief. Current over-the-top credentialing by institutions and states benefits no one, while assuming the applicants are to various degrees untruthful. The process is particularly discriminating to the older physician whose years of practice must be hiding something.

Darlene Eyster Physician, Cardiology, Colorado

I am currently licensed to practice medicine in Missouri, Massachusetts, Maine and Colorado. It was very time consuming to apply and is very expensive to maintain licenses in different states. I believe there should be reciprocal licensure and that hospitals, clinics and all states should have access to the same information regarding education, board certifications, complaints, etc of USA practicing physicians. It is expensive for hospitals, clinics, etc to certify the credentials of each physician candidate. A national data bank of information seems reasonable.

Arthur A. Fleisher II, M.D. Physician, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Retired

It is about time! The answer is very simple.
The standards should be those of the most stringent state -

Dan Purdom, MD Physician

Wow, that would be like, um, what's the word, oh yeah, Reciprocity!?!

Gerry Keenan MMS,PA-C , Associate Professor Other Healthcare Professional, Emergency Medicine, A T still University,Arizona / Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor Maine

Excellent idea, but should extend to all Practitioners(Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners) who face similar barriers/challenges to practice in multistate sites.
in area's where states border this would provide significant assistance also.

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