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Interstate Medical Licensure Could Ease Physician Shortages

Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, August 7, 2014

With anxiety rising over the potential for a physician shortage in the years to come, a push is on for interstate medical licensure.

Physicians seeking to practice in more than one state and hospitals seeking to alleviate staffing shortages may find their paths eased if a proposal for an interstate licensure compact is approved and adopted.


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Humayun Chaudhry, DO
President and CEO of the FSMB

The proposed Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, crafted by the Federation of State Medical Boards, and released last month would create a commission to oversee interstate medical licenses and function alongside the existing licensing authority of state boards. Humayun Chaudhry, DO, president and CEO of the FSMB, says there is a pressing need for the compact.

The move could be a boon to rural hospitals with chronic staffing shortages and lack of access to specialists. It could also break down staffing barriers impeding the progress of telemedicine.

"The compact would create a new pathway to expedite the licensing of physicians seeking to practice medicine in multiple states, which would address multiple issues," he said this week.

"Among them: physician shortages, the expected influx of millions of new patients into the healthcare system as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and the growing need to increase access to healthcare for individuals in underserved or rural areas through the use of telemedicine."

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3 comments on "Interstate Medical Licensure Could Ease Physician Shortages"


David Beauchamp (8/19/2014 at 8:26 AM)
Excellent concept and beneficial overall to the national healthcare needs of the U.S. population. However, I did not see any mention of how the DEA license would be handled? Would the FSMB also pursue with the DEA the ability to enact a similar process for practitioners to be able to utilize one DEA across all States in which they pursue licensure? Without a compact DEA, many healthcare providers will be prohibited from taking advantage of the interstate licensure compact benefit.

Amy (8/8/2014 at 2:04 PM)
Excellent idea I fully agree. With experience[INVALID]-We have come to a state as third world countries no medical services available.This gives the XYZ to practice medicine.

Kurt Hahn (8/7/2014 at 7:20 PM)
INTERSTATE MEDICAL LICENSURE WOULD HELP TELE MEDICINE ACROSS STATE LINES AND OFFER A MODEL TO MAYBE BRINGING QUALIFIED RETURNING MEDICS INTO THE HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE AS PHYSICIANS ASSISTANTS & NURSE PRACTIONERS. Both of these ideas should have been incorporated in the recently passed legislation to mitigate the VA healthcare scandal