Medical Licensure Compact Bill Introduced to Address Access and Physician Shortages
October 07, 2015
Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has filed House Bill 1619 to permit Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure
Compact. Participation in the compact would expand access to health care,
especially for rural and medically underserved communities.
join eight states that have approved this legislation, along with 12 others that
have introduced the proposition.
HAP supports this
proposed legislation as it will allow eligible licensed physicians in
one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine.
Pennsylvania has some significant physician
shortages in both rural and urban underserved areas of the state. HAP supports
approaches that help hospitals address shortages.
recognizes the opportunities through telemedicine to bring scarce and highly
qualified clinical resources to underserved communities to ensure access to
The compact will be administered and enforced by an
interstate commission, which would allow for license expedition in order to
practice medicine in another state. The practice of medicine would follow the
medical laws and regulations in the state in which the patient resides.