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FSMB Advocacy News

Health Care Reform Hangs in the Balance The future of health care reform remains uncertain after Senate Republicans’ latest Obamacare repeal bill failed late last month. The last-ditch effort, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA.) could not garner the 50 votes needed to pass the Senate and was not brought to the floor for consideration. The CBO reported that “the legislation would reduce the on-budget deficit by at least $133 billion and result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance Continue reading →

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Highlights from FSMB’s 105th Annual Meeting Our 105th Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas brought together nearly 500 members of the national and international medical regulatory community to discuss important topics impacting the rapidly changing world of medical licensure and regulation. We developed a recap video featuring a compilation of interviews with state medical board members and leaders from across the country as they share why the FSMB’s Annual Meeting continues to be the premier educational event in medical regulation. Click here to view the Continue reading →

FSMB Foundation News

FSMB Foundation Newsletter | No. 1 | Spring 2016 About the FSMB Foundation As the philanthropic arm of the Federation of State Medical Boards, the FSMB Foundation undertakes research and education projects to benefit state medical boards and their communities. Tickets Now Available for the Annual Foundation Luncheon featuring former Congresswoman Mary Bono The Honorable Mary Bono, a former United States congresswoman from California and a nationally recognized advocate for drug abuse prevention and treatment, will be the keynote speaker at the FSMB Foundation’s Fourth Continue reading →

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With Campaign Season in Full Swing, Congress Now Adjourned Until September Campaign season is in full swing across the nation, following last month’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions. On July 14, Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without resolving a series of national economic, health, and safety issues. Of particular concern is Congress’ failure to reach an agreement to fund the fight against the Zika virus, especially with alarm over its expanding presence in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Continue reading →

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission Meeting Today The full Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) Commission is meeting in Kansas City, KS, today. The IMLC Commission continues to make substantial progress towards making the Compact fully operational. The Commission has set a target goal of January 2017 for qualified physicians to seek licensure in multiple states and jurisdictions via the Compact process. With the 2017 state legislative session around the corner, we are ready to assist and support state medical and osteopathic boards and other stakeholders Continue reading →

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FSMB Advocacy Network Update We are updating our Advocacy Network information before the 2016 sessions of Congress and state legislatures and we want to hear from you. Please let us know of any personal contacts you may have at the state or federal level by emailing Natalie Weiner, FSMB’s Legislative Associate, at nweiner@fsmb.org. Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission’s First Meeting Held in October The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission held its inaugural meeting October 27-28 in Chicago. The Commission consists of two voting representatives from Continue reading →

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Inaugural Meeting of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission Planned for October The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission announced its inaugural meeting will take place October 27-28, 2015 in Chicago. Information for this public meeting is available at the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact website, www.licenseportability.org. Earlier this week, Pennsylvania became the 20th state to introduce the Compact this year. Eleven states joined the Compact earlier in the year, while the Wisconsin and Michigan legislatures, in addition to Pennsylvania, continue to actively consider enacting the Compact before Continue reading →

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in FTC Case with Implications for State Medical Boards On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., on appeal from the Eleventh Circuit. In April 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint to prevent the acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County, alleging that the merger between Palmyra and Albany’s only other hospital, Phoebe Putney Memorial, would significantly reduce competition and result in higher prices for general acute-care hospital services. Continue reading →

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GOP Unveils FY 2013 Budget Yesterday, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI-1) released the Republican FY 2013 Budget, titled “The Path to Prosperity.” The GOP budget plan calls for substantial reforms to the traditional Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as the complete repeal of President Obama’s signature legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. MEDICARE According to the proposal, for individuals currently under the age of 55, beginning in 2023, senior citizens would receive a government subsidy whereby they would have the choice Continue reading →

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House and Senate Conferees Reach Deal on FDA Bill This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate conferees reached an agreement on the five-year reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. While the bill encompasses a broad range of issues related to the FDA and its user fee programs, the following activity summary may be of interest to state medical boards. The final agreed upon version of the bill: * Requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Continue reading →