Telemedicine Licensure Services
Telemedicine has been growing exponentially in popularity for years, but the coronavirus pandemic established it as a necessary service for countless patients. Physicians and physician assistants practicing telemedicine must be properly licensed, but determining which states to be licensed in can be confusing. If you are a physician practicing telemedicine, avoid confusion and headache by taking advantage of our telemedicine medical licensing services
Obtaining Multi-State Medical Licensure for Practicing Telemedicine
Physicians and physician assistants practicing telemedicine cannot ignore state licensing requirements. Most states require them to be licensed to practice in the originating site’s state, and some states require providers using telehealth technology across state lines to have a valid state license in the state where the patient is located. The bottom line is that if you electronically interact with patients in other states or prescribe medication across state lines, you should establish medical licensure in those other states.
How to Manage Multi-State Medical Licensure
Obtaining and managing medical licenses in multiple states can be extremely burdensome for busy physicians. Every state has its own rules and regulations on medical licensure established by their respective medical boards and each state’s licensure process is different. Since the medical licensure process in the United States is not nationally standardized, this can make multi-state medical licensure tricky. Our medical licensing specialists work hard to stay updated on any changes in medical licensure requirements in every state so our clients can focus more time on patient care and less time wading through medical licensure minutia.
How We Help Providers Practicing Telemedicine
Since the earliest days of telehealth, licensing specialists at MLG have been helping physicians stay properly licensed. We support providers practicing telemedicine by keeping a secure record of your licensure requirements such as your proof of graduation from an accredited medical school, proof of residency completion, proof of license exam completion and other important documents and by handling your state medical license applications and renewals on your behalf. You will receive a complete, polished application or renewal packet from us for your review before we submit your application. When it comes to multi-state medical licensure, we may recommend that you become licensed through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC).
How the IMLC Helps Telemedicine Physicians
The IMLC is an expedited licensure pathway for qualified physicians who want to practice in multiple states whether by telemedicine or seeing patients in person. It is usually a smart choice for physicians practicing telemedicine because the states participating in the compact agree to accept each other’s vetting processes for medical licenses. Having a medical license through the IMLC makes life tremendously easier for many physicians, however, the process of obtaining this type of license is not so simple.
The first step in achieving multi-state medical licensure is to get a license in the state in which you reside if you practice there. This will become your State of Principal Licensure (SPL). Ideally, you should hold your primary residence in this state, have at least 25% of your medical practice occurring in this state or your employer should be in this state. Meeting one of these criteria will help you become licensed through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. To become licensed through the IMLC, physicians select a SPL and then can select any number of participating states to become licensed to practice medicine in.
Beginning the Multi-State Medical Licensure Process
The first step in beginning the multi-state medical licensure process for physicians practicing telemedicine is determining if you are qualified for an IMLC medical license. The easiest way to do this is to complete our simple intake form which will allow your dedicated licensing specialist at MLG to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible for a compact medical license, you will need a Letter of Qualification from your SPL proving you hold a full, unrestricted medical license in a state that is a member of the IMLC. Also, you must be able to prove that either your primary residence is in the SPL, at least 25% of your practice of medicine occurs in the SPL, your employer is located in the SPL or you use the SPL as your state of residence for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Physicians eligible for compact licensure may not have any criminal history, a history of disciplinary actions toward their medical license, a history of controlled substance actions toward their medical license and not currently be under investigation.
We’re Here to Guide You Every Step of the Way
As a client of MLG, your dedicated licensing specialist will field any requests from the IMLC for more information and ensure your application progresses as smoothly as possible. Rather than spending valuable time away from your practice wading through the burdensome licensure process of each state where you practice telemedicine, keep your role in the process minimal by engaging our dedicated licensing experts.
Call 850.433.4600 today to find out more about how we can help busy physicians practicing telemedicine manage the multi-state medical licensure process.
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