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Has your state joined the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact?

Groundbreaking legislation simplifies the multistate licensure process for physicians. Here are five things you need to know.


Six states have taken a major step toward increasing access to care for millions of Americans by joining the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Legislation is currently pending in an additional 12 states. By simplifying the multistate licensure process, the compact aims to help patients, especially those in rural and underserved areas, get the care they need. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The compact is designed to be an express lane for physicians seeking licensure in multiple states. It will centralize credential review and verification, so physicians would only need to submit information one time to receive licenses in the participating states.
  2. Physicians will still have to pay licensing fees to each state in which they are licensed and comply with each state’s CME requirements.
  3. Participating states retain full disciplinary authority and collect fees for their licensed physicians.
  4. Only physicians who are board-certified by the AOA or ABMS will be able to apply for multistate licensure through the compact.
  5. Find out which states have signed on and learn more.

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