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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.

Pennsylvania would 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.

Additionally, HAP recognizes the opportunities through telemedicine to bring scarce and highly qualified clinical resources to underserved communities to ensure access to care.

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.

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