What the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Means For Facilities
How does Jackson & Coker find and place temporary providers so fast and easy? We leverage the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. That’s agreement allows doctors to obtain a license in 24 states a lot faster and easier.
What is it?
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission is a group of state medical board executives, administrators and attorneys who came together to find a better way to help physicians get licensed.
The Commission created the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), which allows states to more freely share licensing information, thus creating an expedited process for physicians to get licensed in multiple states. In turn, physicians have an easier time going to work in multiple states and getting to patients who need them most.
So far, 24 states have agreed to the terms of the IMLC, reflected in the map below (via imlcc.org). Each state had to pass legislation authorizing the state to join the compact.
“Currently, when a physician submits an application in a particular state, all of the application items, information, and documentation remain within that particular state,” said Carol Dorsey, Director of Licensing at Jackson & Coker. “If utilizing the Compact, the physician would submit all of this information one time, not over and over again with every state where he or she would be applying.”
According to the Commission, most physicians qualify to take part in the new licensure process. Once you qualify, you’ll be able to select any of the Compact states where you want to practice.
What does it mean for my organization?
For hospitals, the IMLC means faster placement of locum tenens providers. Jackson & Coker works with you to find the right physician, and helps the physician become licensed in your state.
“The biggest benefit for physicians will be the decrease in time it will take to receive licenses in multiple states,” said Diana Shepard, Communications Chair of the Interstate Licensure Compact Commission. “Particularly, those physicians involved in telemedicine, locum tenens practices and providing access to quality care in rural areas of the country.”
Some states are able to process an application within weeks. Then this application is distributed to all states requested by the applicant for licensure. This drastically cuts the time required by the previous model, in which physicians had to apply and wait weeks in each individual state.
What is the future of the Compact?
“It’s our hope that eventually all 50 states will adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact,” she added, noting that the Commission only became a reality in October 2015 and has already had great participation.
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