New Wisconsin law will ease physician licensing requirements, expand healthcare access

Wisconsin has become a part of the Interstate Physician Licensure Compact, an agreement that eliminates red tape and costs required for physicians licensed in one state to gain credentials in 11 other member states, according to "It will provide a significant decrease in the time, effort and expense of having every physician who physically crosses a state line or does medicine virtually go through the licensing process in each state," Tim Johnson, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in Sparta, Wisconsin, told the publication. Doctors in states that have not joined the compact must follow a time-consuming process that involves submitting full applications and paying fees in each state where they want a license. The pact will allow Wisconsin doctors to be licensed in their home state and then use the paperwork to gain credentials in other states that are members of the pact. Article