FSMB Advocacy News

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 →

FSMB Advocacy News

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 →

FSMB Advocacy News

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 →

FSMB Advocacy News

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 →

FSMB Advocacy News

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 →

FSMB Advocacy News

Happy New Year from the FSMB As we begin a new year, 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 the next year. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014! Lisa Robin Chief Advocacy Officer Federation of State Medical Boards Congress Reaches Deal on Budget On Continue reading →

FSMB Advocacy News

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: FSMB Launches New Policy Twitter Account Please follow us @FSMB Policy for the latest updates on federal and state policy and news of interest to state medical boards. Bob McDonald Confirmed as Secretary of Veterans Affairs On July 29, Bob McDonald was confirmed in a vote of 97-0 by the Continue reading →

FSMB Advocacy News

News From Washington, D.C. The FSMB’s advocacy team continues to track legislative and policy developments in Washington, D.C. and across the nation that impact the work of state medical boards. Among items of interest in recent weeks: FSMB Participates in Federal Trade Commission Workshop… On March 20-21, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a public workshop, “Examining Health Care Competition,” to examine competition issues related to certain current developments in the U.S. health care industry. Among the issues the workshop explored: 1) Professional regulation of Continue reading →

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Washington, D.C. Welcomes the 113th Congress The 113th Congress has convened, with 84 new House members and 14 new Senators. The Republican Party maintained its majority (232-200) in the U.S. House of Representatives, though by a smaller margin than during the 112th Congress. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) was re-elected Speaker of the House and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) will continue to serve as House Majority Leader. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will once again serve as House Minority Leader. The Democratic Party retained control of the Continue reading →

FSMB Advocacy News

FSMB Action on Two Key Advocacy Items: License Portability and Physician Workforce Those of you who attended the FSMB’s Annual Meeting April 18-21 know that we made important progress on several key advocacy issues there. Of particular interest is a resolution approved by the House of Delegates calling for the exploration of a new interstate compact model for medical regulation. Adoption of an interstate compact model by state boards would help facilitate multi-state practice by physicians. We’ll be reporting to you in Advocacy Network News Continue reading →