Kansas, Mississippi enact law for interstate physician licensure

The governors of Kansas and Mississippi both signed bills into law in the past week that would speed the physician licensing process across state lines.

Kansas and Mississippi are now part of an agreement with 14 other states to streamline the licensure process. The Federation of State Medical Boards, the nonprofit organization that represents all U.S. state medical boards, expects the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact will help expand access to care, especially in rural areas, and help maximize the use of telemedicine across state lines. 

The other 14 states that have enacted the compact include: Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. A similar bill awaits the signature of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). 


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