Push to Expand State Medical Licenses, Widen Practices

Medscape (09/25/19) Frellick, Marcia

Attendees at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 2019 Congress of Delegates voted to push for more states to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, an agreement designed to relieve the burden of applying for medical licenses in several states when doctors are required to cross borders. Nevada delegate Cathy Endo, MD, said the delegation requested the AAFP maintain its support for interstate licensing, as well as encourage more states to introduce bills to join. Under the compact, licenses are fast-tracked for qualified physicians who want to practice in multiple areas. A doctor's home state can confirm qualifications of an applicant seeking licensure in another state. Endo added that the compact can fill voids in patient access to healthcare in rural and underserved communities with a limited administrative onus. New Hampshire delegate Louis Kazal, MD, said the arrangement can benefit volunteer physicians, noting that "having to get licensed in another state often limits the number of volunteers available to help out, especially in underserved areas."

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