Opening Borders to Health Care Professionals

CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts

Opening Borders to Health Care Professionals

August 13, 2014

Several medical professions have been working with CSG’s National Center on Interstate Compacts to explore the use of compacts to promote license portability to ensure access to high quality health care. These efforts have the potential to help facilitate telemedicine and widen access to a variety of medical services. Licensing compacts also provide a mechanism to ensure state regulatory agencies maintain their licensing and disciplinary authority. This session featured a discussion about the proposed compacts and their potential to enhance access to medical care across the states. 


Eric Fish, Senior Director, Legal Services, Federation of State Medical Boards

  Download the presentation "Expanded Access, Protected Patients" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Dia Gainor, Executive Director, The National Association of State EMS Officials

  Download the presentation "Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Nancy Kirsch, Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  Download the presentation "Physical Therapy Licensure Compact Initiative" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Rick Masters, Special Counsel, National Center for Interstate Compacts

  Download the presentation "Interstate Compacts" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Sen. Bo Watson, Tennessee

Speaker Biographies:

Eric Fish

Fish serves as a legal adviser to the federation’s president, senior management and board of directors. He also assists in the organization’s federal and state advocacy efforts, analyzing legislation and consulting on the development of model policies for state medical boards.

Dia Gainor

Gainor worked for two state EMS offices for 27 years. Of those years, she spent 19 of them as the bureau chief of emergency medical services for the Idaho Division of Public Health, where she was known for innovative regulatory reform.

Nancy Kirsch

Kirsch, a member of the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners since 1990, was chairperson for 12 years. She also works with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in various roles, including serving two terms on the finance committee. She is board liaison to the Licensure Compact Task Force.