The Rules Surrounding Telehealth are Changing
Over the past few years, I have worked with many physicians and entrepreneurs on the forefront of telemedicine and other new healthcare technologies. Often the most frustrating aspect of growing a healthcare enterprise is the requirement that physicians (and other healthcare providers) be licensed in every state the patient they’re treating (even electronically) is located.
Recently, physicians became eligible to apply for out-of-state licensure under the Medical License Compact (“Compact”). This Compact currently applies to eighteen (18) states and twenty-three (23) medical boards that have voluntarily agreed to allow a physician, with a valid medical license in one of the Compact states, to also obtain an expedited license to practice medicine in another Compact state. This does not mean, however, that having a license in one Compact state will automatically license the physician in all the other states. However, the Compact does streamline the application process and will minimize the timeframe for physicians to become licensed in other states.