Idaho, Utah join push for stream­lined doc li­cens­ing

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Andis Robeznieks

Idaho and Utah are the lat­est states to join the Fed­er­a­tion of State Med­i­cal Boards’ in­ter­state com­pact for stream­lin­ing physi­cian li­cens­ing. Three more states need to sign on for the sys­tem, aimed at re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to telemedicine growth, to go into ef­fect.

Idaho Gov. Butch Ot­ter signed on for the plan March 25, au­tho­riz­ing the state to join the com­pact, fol­low­ing Utah Gov. Gary Her­bert, who ap­proved a sim­i­lar mea­sure on March 20. South Dakota and Wy­oming pre­vi­ously joined the com­pact, de­signed to stream­line the process for doc­tors to ob­tain li­censes in mul­ti­ple states.

The states are us­ing ver­sions of model leg­is­la­tion drafted by the fed­er­a­tion. The process would help fa­cil­i­tate the prac­tice of telemedicine be­cause states in the com­pact would fol­low its pol­icy that the prac­tice of medicine oc­curs where the pa­tient is lo­cated, not where the doc­tor is based.

The com­pact will help re­duce re­dun­dant li­cens­ing re­quire­ments by cre­at­ing one place where physi­cians sub­mit ba­sic in­for­ma­tion such as their ed­u­ca­tion cre­den­tials, said Tom La­cock, spokesman for the Wy­oming Med­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Bills au­tho­riz­ing state med­i­cal boards to en­ter into the com­pact have been passed in Mon­tana and West Vir­ginia, where they are await­ing their gov­er­nors’ signatures. At least 11 other states have sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion pending.

Utah Gov. Gary Her­bert

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