Nursing Boards have been proactive in making it easier for nurses to have a license in one state that is accepted in another state. The Nurse Licensure Compact allows for Nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice both in their home state and other compact states. To date, there are 25 states that have enacted legislation accepting the Compact effect in their state.
On April 7th, 2017, the Federation of state Medical Boards congratulated the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission for launching the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). According to the release, “The launch of the Compact will empower interested and eligible physicians to deliver high-quality care across state lines to reach more patients in rural and underserved communities.”
The Commission began accepting applications in April from qualified physicians who wish to obtain multiple licenses from participating states. For those physicians interested in applying, please visit IMLCC.org for more information about eligibility to apply for expedited licensure.
According to the mission of the Compact, “The IMLC mission is to increase access to health care for patients in underserved or rural areas and allow them to more easily connect with medical experts through the use of telemedicine technologies. While making it easier for physicians to obtain licenses to practice in multiple states, the Compact strengthens public protection by enhancing the ability of states to share investigative and disciplinary information.”
The IMLC is an agreement between 18 states and the 23 Medical and Osteopathic Boards in those states. Under this agreement, licensed physicians can qualify to practice medicine across state lines within the Compact if they meet the agreed upon eligibility requirements. Approximately 80% of physicians meet the criteria for licensure through the IMLC.
Eighteen states have adopted the Compact, with eight additional states and the District of Columbia introducing recent legislation to adopt the Compact.
As healthcare licensure continues to become more complicated, there is even more reason to monitor the licenses of healthcare professionals on a routine basis. Our team is dedicated to assisting you in monitoring all types of health care professional licenses.
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Written by Michael Rosen, ESQ
Michael brings over 20 years of experience founding and leading risk mitigation businesses, receiving numerous accolades such as: Inc Magazine's Inc 500 Award and Nashville Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.