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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 →

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Updates On April 3rd, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission officially launched www.imlcc.org, a new website available for eligible physicians seeking to apply for a medical license via the Compact process. The FSMB congratulates the Commission on this historic achievement! This past month, Georgia, Maine, Texas, and the District of Columbia introduced model Interstate Medical Licensure Compact legislation for the 2017 legislative session. They join Michigan, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Washington in legislative introductions of the Compact thus far this Continue reading →

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Don’t Miss the FSMB’s 105th Annual Meeting Please join us in Fort Worth, TX for this year’s Annual Meeting: “Planning for the Future: Perspectives in Medical Regulation” April 20-22. The program is packed with timely topics for medical regulators, including telemedicine, best practices in addressing opioid abuse, and evidence-based medical regulation. For those of us who just can’t get enough policy talk, James C. Capretta, well known health-policy expert with the American Enterprise Institute, will enlighten us on what to expect in national health care policy. We Continue reading →

FSMB Advocacy News

Happy New Year from the FSMB Happy New Year to you and your family! The FSMB Advocacy Office looks forward to supporting the nation’s State Medical and Osteopathic Boards throughout the busy upcoming year. As we strive to provide useful resources to you and your medical board, we would like to ask for your feedback and ideas to improve the FSMB Advocacy newsletter. Please complete our brief survey by February 6, 2017, as your opinion is greatly appreciated and valuable to us. Thank you for 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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Four New States Join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact New Hampshire, Arizona, Kansas and Mississippi became the latest states to adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, bringing the total number of states that have enacted the Compact to 16 since 2015. The model Compact legislation is currently on the desk of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, awaiting his signature, and remains under legislative consideration in several other states across the nation. The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission continues its work with two upcoming public hearings, including Continue reading →

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Don’t Miss the FSMB’s 104th Annual Meeting Please join us in San Diego for this year’s Annual Meeting: “New Horizons in Medical Regulation: Successful Strategies for a Changing Health Care Environment” on April 28-30, 2016. We have an exciting program planned with featured speakers including U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, and Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and Political Analyst with the National Journal. The FSMB Foundation will host its annual luncheon on Friday, April 29 with guest Continue reading →