FSMB Proposes Updates to Multistate Physician Licensure Compact

July 29, 2014 in News

On Friday, the Federation of State Medical Boards released an updated draft of its interstate compact for physician licensure that aims to boost patient safety and facilitate the licensing of doctors across state borders, FierceHealthIT reports (Dvorak, FierceHealthIT, 7/25).

If approved, the updated compact could facilitate more widespread access to telehealth services.

Details of Compact

FSMB said that the new proposal would:

  • Create a faster licensing process for physicians who practice telehealth or who are interested in practicing medicine across multiple states;
  • Provide an alternative way for physicians to obtain a state license; and
  • Reaffirm that the patient’s location sets the applicable oversight and patient protections.

In addition, FSMB said the updated draft compact would strengthen patient protections by:

  • Changing the specialty board certification requirements so that those with time-unlimited certification also are eligible (FSMB release, 7/25);
  • Requiring that physicians undergo fingerprinting and biometric background checks to obtain licenses in multiple states; and
  • Requiring that physicians pass each part of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medicine Licensing Examination within three attempts.

FSMB President and CEO Humayun Chaudhry said, “The revised compact helps ensure that as the practice of telemedicine continues to expand, patient protection remains a top priority” (FierceHealthIT, 7/25).

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