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.