Interstate Medical Licensure Effort Advances

Richard P. Kusserow | September 2014

It was reported in HealthLeaders Media on September 17, 2014[1] that at least 15 states are considering a revised draft of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (referred to as “Compact”), which has the support of the American Medical Association.  It is part of an effort to provide physicians a streamlined path to obtain medical licensure in multiple states that appears to be gaining traction.  They noted that many state licensing boards “have been awaiting the final version” which needs to be approved by state legislators. The revisions proposal includes:

With the revisions in place, about 80 percent of the country’s physicians would be eligible to obtain medical licensure in multiple states through the Compact.

[1] Health Leaders Media. “Interstate Medical Licensure Could Ease Physician Shortages.” (August 7, 2014).

About the Author

Richard P. Kusserow established Strategic Management Services, LLC, after retiring from being the DHHS Inspector General, and has assisted over 3,000 health care organizations and entities in developing, implementing and assessing compliance programs.