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AMA News Room

Sept. 5, 2014

AMA Applauds New Effort to Modernize State Medical Licensure

For immediate release:
Sept. 5, 2014

Statement attributed to:
Robert M. Wah, MD
President, American Medical Association

"The American Medical Association (AMA) has long supported reform of the state licensure process to reduce costs and expedite applications while protecting patient safety and promoting quality care.

"State-based licensure is an important tenet of accountability, ensuring that physicians are qualified through the review of their education, training, character, and professional and disciplinary histories.

"The interstate compact released today by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) aligns with our efforts to modernize state medical licensure, allowing for an expedited licensing pathway in participating states.

"We applaud the FSMB for developing the interstate compact and other reforms designed to simplify and improve the licensure process for physicians practicing across state lines as well as providing telemedicine services in multiple states."

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