FSMB refutes 'false and misleading' statements on telemedicine compact

In the wake of "false and misleading public statements" about the Federation of State Medical Boards' interstate licensure compact, FSMB is releasing a fact sheet to refute such comments.

"The campaign against the interstate compact includes falsehoods that are easily debunked by simply reading the model legislation that is the basis for the compact and is now being considered in several states," FSMB says in a statement.

The interstate compact aims to help reduce barriers for physicians who are looking to obtain medical licenses in multiple states, as well as to help facilitate licensure portability and telemedicine, FierceHealthIT previously reported.

Some myths FSMB says have been told about the compact include that participating physicians would be required to undergo Maintenance of Certification; that it would "supersede a state's authority and control over the practice of medicine;" and that it would be expensive for a state to leave the compact. Fact sheet (.pdf)