How the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) Changes the Multi-State Medical License Process
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently launched the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), a groundbreaking agreement encompassing about two-fifths of the United States (and counting) that's designed to expedite the process for physicians to obtain multi-state licenses. This isn’t just a breakthrough for physicians, but a breakthrough for patients and healthcare organizations in underserved areas of the country.
The IMLC is especially important for locum tenens physicians who regularly work assignments in a variety of different states. For these doctors, the IMLC's streamlined process can significantly cut the time spent waiting for a state medical license, opening up more opportunities to work in more locations on a more flexible schedule.
As FSMB President and CEO Humayun Chaudhry, DO, MACP said in a statement, the launch of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) "will empower interested and eligible physicians to deliver high-quality care across state lines to reach more patients in rural and underserved communities."
Who can participate? To be eligible for the IMLC's streamlined multi-state medical license process, physicians must be in good standing — which means no criminal records and no disciplinary or controlled substance actions on record, among a handful of other criteria. Eligible physicians must also hold a full, unrestricted medical license in one of the initial launch states (see below), and must also either reside there or practice there in some capacity.
Here at Staff Care, we're already working within the framework of the IMLC to help expedite multi-state licensing for our locum tenens physicians. In certain situations, we may be able to cover the costs of your application and license fees* — a sum that often exceeds $1,000. To determine whether you're eligible, please contact us via this form.
What States Participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC)?
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission is already up and running in eight states, and in the process of activation in quite a few others. More states are expected to join in the months and years to come.
The eight states that are already accepting applications for multi-state medical licensure via the IMLC are as follows — according to its online application, these are (so far) the only states that the IMLC accepts as a State of Principal License:
(Update: June, 2017: Washington State has formally joined the IMLC and is expected to be listed as an active member on July 23, 2017, according to the state's Department of Health.)
The states that have joined the IMLC network but cannot yet serve as "States of Principal License" include Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Utah. These states are currently listed as "still preparing to accept applications for verification and a background check." Physicians licensed in these states cannot yet apply for expedited licensure to the other states in the network. But if you obtain an IMLC medical license in one of the eight states in the first list, you'll be eligible to receive an expedited license in any of the other states.
Looking ahead, states and that have introduced legislation to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission currently include Georgia, Michigan, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C.
Remember, only physicians with superior practice histories have the opportunity to accelerate their pathway to state licensure under the IMLC. If you think you qualify, and if you have a full, unrestricted medical license in one of the eight states on the first list — and reside in, be employed in, or have at least 25% of your current medical practice based there — you may be eligible. And if you are eligible, we may be able to take care of the process on your behalf, including the payment of all fees!*
Wondering whether the IMLC can help you acquire a multi-state license? We invite you to contact us via this form to find out if you can qualify for our complimentary, expedited multi-state licensing service. And for a great overview of the IMLC and what it means for doctors and American healthcare in general, check out the brief video below.
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* Staff Care makes no guarantees regarding our ability to expedite and cover the costs of any physician to obtain multi-state medical licensure via the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission.