Delegates from the American Medical Association (AMA) formally endorsed the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact at this week’s 2014 AMA Interim Meeting.  The compact, which creates a process for expedited licensing for doctors wishing to practice in multiple states, was developed jointly by the Federation of State Medical Boards, CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts, and a drafting team comprised of state medical board officials. 

Crady deGolian, Director of CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC), and Rick Masters, who serves as Special Counsel to NCIC will present on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact at the annual Administrators in Medicine conference later this week.  The compact is intended to create an expedited licensing  process for physicians wishing to practice in multiple states.  It aims to increase access to health care services, facilitate licensure portability and telemedicine.   Participation in the compact is voluntary, both for states and physicians.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement has now been approved in nine states, with eight of those states already approving institutional participation in the agreement.  Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, and Washington have already joined SARA.  The existing higher education regional compacts are actively assisting their member states in ensuring that states wishing to participate in the agreement meet the necessary requirements to join.

The final version of the Recongnition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA) was released this week.  The compact was developed jointly between CSG's National Center for Interstate Compact, The National Association of State EMS Officials, and a drafting team of subject matter experts.  The compact was also reviewed and vetted extensively through a larger advisory committee and received finalcial support from the Department of Homeland Seecutiry.  Under the terms of the new agreement, member states would agree to...

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.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—For the past three years, states have been finding new ways to work together in the health care arena to help avoid the ever-dreaded 800-pound gorilla called federal pre-emption....

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the establishment of the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Compact (REPLICA) and encourages its member jurisdictions to consider the new interstate agreement as an innovative policy solution to the challenge of interstate EMS personnel emergency and life-saving operations.

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.

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.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the establishment of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and encourages its member jurisdictions to consider the new interstate agreement as an innovative policy solution that will increase degree attainment and reduce costs for students, states, and institutions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments staff will provide ongoing assistance to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements’ national office and the four regional higher education compacts in their efforts to raise awareness about SARA.

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