Medical Licensure Compact Nears Completion

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which has been developed by state medical boards, the Federation of State Medical Boards, experts from CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts, and a number of interested stakeholder groups, is nearing completion.  The goal of the compact is to allow doctors to more efficiently obtain licenses in multiple states, while simultaneously protecting patient safety.  Such an agreement has the potential to to significantly increase access to care in rural and hard-to-serve areas, which in turn has the potential to reduce costs for patients, states and the federal government. The agreement also aims to allow providers to take advantage of improving technologies and offer more telehealth services.  Participation in the compact is voluntary for both states and doctors.

Compacts, which are governed by the tenets of contract law, provide states an enforceable, sustainable and durable tool capable of ensuring permanent change without federal intervention. With more than 200 interstate compacts in existence today and each state belonging to an average of 25 compacts, there is considerable legal and historical precedence for the development and use of the tool.

More importantly, several compacts that deal specifically with licensing issues already exist. Compacts such as the Driver’s License Compact and the Nurse Licensure Compact provide precedence for member states to honor licenses issued in another member state. 

To read to the latest version of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact please click on the attachment below.  For more information about any of CSG's ongoing compact projects please contact Crady deGolian at cdegolian@csg.org.

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