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    Proposal would allow eligible physicians to obtain expedited licenses in multiple states

    Interstate licensure compact could lessen the burden on physicians seeking licensure in multiple states, promote the use of telemedicine and ease the physician shortage

    A proposed interstate medical licensure compact would make it easier for physicians to become licensed in multiple states, a move many experts believe can pave the way for greater telemedicine use and ease the physician shortage.

    If approved, the compact developed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), would create a legal agreement between participating states that would allow a physician licensed in one state to obtain an “expedited license” from other participating states, so long as the physician meets various criteria, including:

    • The doctor must designate a member state of principal license, which will be determined by one of the following: the physician’s primary residence, the state where at least 25% of the practice of medicine occurs, the location of the doctor’s employer, or if no state qualifies, the state of residence for federal tax purposes.
    • The doctor must be board-certified in a medical specialty.
    • The doctor must have no history of disciplinary action against him or her by medical boards, courts, or the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). In addition, a physician currently under investigation cannot obtain an expedited license.

    A physician would apply for the multi-state license through his or her state of principal licensure. That state will evaluate whether the physician is eligible, and issue a letter of qualification to an interstate commission, according to the proposal.

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