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Obamacare Repeal Fails in Senate, House Leaves for August Recess It has been an incredibly busy few weeks in Washington. Last week, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against the Senate Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act with their “skinny repeal” bill.  This development, just before the August Congressional recess, leaves an uncertain future for the promise made by President Trump and Congressional Republicans to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. However, some bipartisan 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 →

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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 →

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Happy New Year from the FSMB Happy New Year to you and your families! The FSMB Advocacy Office looks forward to providing continued support to State Medical and Osteopathic Boards throughout the upcoming busy year. In December 2015, Wisconsin became the 12th state to enact the Compact. Earlier this month, legislatures in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Hampshire, and Washington introduced the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Additionally, Compact legislation was carried over and is pending in Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The 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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Controversial Provision Removed from NDAA Bill Today, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 Conference Report was released. Based upon Congressional outreach from state medical boards, provider organizations, and telehealth stakeholders, a controversial provision has been successfully removed from the bill that would have, for the purposes of reimbursement, licensure, and professional liability, redefined the practice of medicine as occurring at the location of the provider, rather than the patient. The provision sought to apply this expansion of state licensure exceptions to the Continue reading →

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Federal Grant Awarded to Support Medical Boards in Implementing Compact The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has announced that it will provide funding to support state medical and osteopathic boards as they implement the administrative and technical infrastructure of the new Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The grant from HRSA of $250,000 annually for three years will help the Compact become operational and will support educational outreach to expand the number of states Continue reading →