Utah Becomes Third State To Join Compact To Expand Telehealth

March 24, 2015 in News

On Friday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed a bill (HB 121) to join the Federation of State Medical Boards’ interstate compact for physician licensure, making Utah the third state to join the compact, Modern Healthcare reports.

The compact needs four more states to sign on before taking effect (Robeznieks, Modern Healthcare, 3/23).

Background

The FSMB compact aims to facilitate the licensing of doctors across state borders to expand telehealth.

In September 2014, FSMB issued model legislation to create the interstate compact. Participation in the compact would be voluntary, but it requires at least seven states to join in order to go into effect.

As part of the compact, states would be able to share information on physicians’:

  • Credentials; and
  • Disciplinary history.

The compact would not have the authority to license physicians but could provide all of the necessary information to streamline the process (iHealthBeat, 9/8/14).

States Considering Compact Authorization

In addition to Utah, South Dakota and Wyoming also have authorized their medical boards to enter the compact. According to Modern Healthcare, the decisions in those states received little opposition.

Meanwhile, bills authorizing entry into the compact are awaiting governor signatures in:

  • Idaho;
  • Montana; and
  • West Virginia.

Similar bills have been introduced in 11 other states (Modern Healthcare, 3/23).

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