Telemedicine

State Licensing requirements

Healthcare providers currently earn their medical licenses for a specific state. This lets them practice medicine legally in that state, and only that state. This presents a problem for telemedicine, as the entire goal is to break down geographical barriers between a patient and provider. According to medical licensing regulations, a specialist based in Colorado would not be legally allowed to treat a patient in New Mexico.

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact offers a new, voluntary expedited pathway to licensure for qualified physicians who wish to practice in multiple states.

 

 

Registered States

  • ALABAMA BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
  • ARIZONA MEDICAL BOARD
  • ARIZONA BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC EXAMINERS
  • COLORADO MEDICAL BOARD
  • IDAHO BOARD OF MEDICINE
  • ILLINOIS DIVISION OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION
  • IOWA BOARD OF MEDICINE
  • KANSAS BOARD OF HEALING ARTS
  • MINNESOTA BOARD OF MEDICAL PRACTICE
  • MISSISSIPPI STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE
  • MONTANA BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
  • NEVADA STATE BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
  • NEVADA STATE BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE BOARD OF MEDICINE
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF MEDICINE
  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • SOUTH DAKOTA BOARD OF MEDICAL AND OSTEOPATHIC EXAMINERS
  • UTAH PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS LICENSING BOARD
  • UTAH OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
  • WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF MEDICINE
  • WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE
  • WISCONSIN MEDICAL EXAMINING BOARD
  • WYOMING BOARD OF MEDICINE

Cross-state licensing

One of the key advantages of telemedicine is the ability to provide healthcare to a patient, no matter the patient or provider’s location. However, since providers are licensed to practice in a specific state, they are only legally allowed to offer telemedicine services to patients in the same state. Currently, 49 state medical boards require physicians practicing telemedicine to be licensed in the state where the patient is located.

Cross-state licensing would allow providers to provide care to a patient in a nearby state, without holding a full license to practice in that state. Some states are moving to pass measures to allow state medical boards to work together and establish cross-licensing requirements.

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