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Momentum is Buiding for the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact We are pleased to report that the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has been signed into law in Wyoming, South Dakota, Utah and Idaho, and currently awaits Governors’ signatures in Montana and West Virginia. Eleven other states have introduced the Compact legislation, with at least three more expected to introduce it before the end of their legislative sessions. We remain optimistic that we will reach the seven states required to formalize the Compact before the end of Continue reading →

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Federal Grant Will Support State Medical Boards in Developing Infrastructure for Interstate Medical Licensure Compact We are pleased to report that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded a grant in the amount of $225,000 to support state medical and osteopathic boards in operationalizing the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The HRSA grant will support the boards in compact member states to establish the Compact Commission, which will oversee the Compact operations and serve as an information clearinghouse Continue reading →

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FSMB Hosts Briefing on Interstate Medical Licensure Compact On June 24, a briefing to celebrate the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The FSMB hosted the briefing, Expanding Access to Health Care through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and welcomed more than 50 guests, including members and executive staff of state medical boards, federal and state policymakers, and health care leaders. Expert panelists outlined the current legislative landscape in the states and discussed the Compact’s beneficial impacts Continue reading →

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Eight States Enact the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact We are pleased to report that the seventh and eighth states, Alabama and Minnesota, have enacted the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. By achieving the threshold of seven state enactments, the Compact has effectively been established and will now trigger the formation of the Compact Commission. The Compact Commission is expected to meet soon to begin drafting the bylaws, rules and processes that will support the Compact and its Member States in facilitating medical license portability for eligible Continue reading →

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2015: Already a Busy Year This year is off to a busy start as the 114th Congress has begun legislating and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact has been introduced in thirteen states. The FSMB would like to recognize your commitment to protecting the nation’s patients and sincerely thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Advocacy Network and state medical and osteopathic boards. We look forward to working with you to meet the challenges and opportunities of 2015. Don’t forget: Registration is now open Continue reading →

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News From Washington, D.C. The FSMB’s advocacy team continues to track legislative and policy developments impacting the work of state medical boards in their protection of the public. Among items of interest in recent weeks: New York Times article on Interstate Compact The New York Times this morning published an article on the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, an initiative of state medical boards and the FSMB that seeks to expand access to care, facilitate medical license portability, and support the safe and accountable use of Continue reading →

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News From Washington, D.C. The FSMB’s advocacy team continues to track legislative and policy developments impacting the work of state medical boards in their protection of the public. Among items of interest in recent weeks: President Obama nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services In late April, President Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, following the announced resignation of current HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell currently serves as the Continue reading →

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News From Washington, D.C. The FSMB’s advocacy team continues to track legislative and policy developments impacting the work of state medical boards in their protection of the public. Among items of interest in recent weeks: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact ready for consideration by States In September, the FSMB announced the completion of the drafting process for model legislation to create an Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to support medical license portability. State legislatures and medical boards will now begin to consider the adoption and enactment of Continue reading →

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Happy Holidays from the FSMB As the year comes to a close, the FSMB offers our sincere thanks to you for all of your work on behalf of the Advocacy Network, and would like to acknowledge the important role you play in protecting patients across the United States. This has been an important year for our member boards and we look forward to another great year ahead! And stay tuned for exciting news about our upcoming 103rd Annual Meeting, to be held on April 23-25, Continue reading →

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News From Washington, D.C. The FSMB’s advocacy team continues to track legislative and policy developments here that impact the work of state medical boards. Among items of interest in recent weeks: Replacing SGR and Congressional efforts to create a permanent “doc fix”… The Senate Finance Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, and House Energy and Commerce Committee jointly support proposed legislation which will overhaul the way Medicare reimburses doctors by replacing cuts mandated by a Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. H.R. 4015/S. 2000, originally introduced Continue reading →