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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 →

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U.S. Senate and Obama Administration Addressing Opioid Abuse The issues of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use have become a priority among federal and state legislators and governors. We expect to continue to see a flurry of legislative activity and policy proposals over the next few months. On February 12, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), along with a bipartisan group of Senators, introduced S. 524, The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. The legislation authorizes $77.9 million per year from 2016 through 2020 for Continue reading →

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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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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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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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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 →