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Providing a Strong Voice and Leadership

The FSMB plays a crucial role in advocating for federal and state policies that positively impact the health and safety of patients and the medical regulatory system. From its advocacy office in Washington, D.C., the FSMB provides legislative, legal and communications services to assist its member medical boards and partner organizations.

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Health Equity And Medical Regulation

The FSMB and its member boards are committed to supporting an equitable health care system 

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Policy Clearinghouse

A centralized repository of official FSMB policies and legislation of interest to member medical boards and the public

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Opioid Epidemic

The FSMB is working with health organizations to address the nation’s opioid epidemic with guidelines for physicians and health professionals

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Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

The Compact streamlines the licensing process for physicians who wish to practice medicine in multiple states

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The FSMB advocates for the safe use of telemedicine technologies in the practice of medicine

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Key Issues by State

From telemedicine to medical marijuana to PDMPs, the FSMB tracks laws, rules and regulations impacting the practice of medicine in all 50 states, territories and D.C.

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News Releases

FSMB Announces 2020-2021 Award Recipients

Annual awards recognize distinguished service to medical regulation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2021) The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has announced the recipients of its annual awards, which were presented during its virtual Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 29. Each year, the awards recognize outstanding leadership and service to the field of medical regulation.

FSMB Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 15, 2021) – The Federation of State Medical Boards’ Board of Directors released the following statement affirming its commitment to supporting an equitable health care system:

“Systemic racism and structural inequities are embedded in the American health care system and have given rise to a public health crisis. This is evidenced by alarming disparities in access to health care providers and resources, treatment and outcomes. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is committed to supporting an equitable health care system.”

FSMB Launches Task Force on Health Equity

Task Force will address systemic racism, implicit bias, health equity in medical regulation and patient care

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2021) The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has launched the Task Force on Health Equity and Medical Regulation. Under the leadership of FSMB Chair Cheryl Walker-McGill, MD, MBA, the ad hoc Task Force will evaluate education and training programs to assist state medical and osteopathic boards in identifying opportunities for understanding and addressing systemic racism, implicit bias, and health inequity in medical regulation and patient care.


U.S. Medical Regulatory Trends and Actions Report

This report provides a detailed overview of individual state medical boards' structure, operation and requirements. It utilizes charts to allow readers to compare the activities and data of state boards as well as information about disciplinary and licensing trends nationally.

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FSMB Annual Report

The FSMB issues an annual report each year, highlighting its activities and strategic priorities. The report contains information about FSMB leaders and includes photos and statistics.

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Journal of Medical Regulation (JMR)

JMR is a quarterly, peer-reviewed scholarly publication that explores trends and issues impacting the regulatory community and health care.

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U.S. Census of Actively Licensed Physicians

The FSMB’s biennial census is the most accurate assessment available of demographic and practice information about the nation’s actively licensed physicians.

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Duty to Report Summit Meeting

In 2017, the FSMB hosted a summit meeting of representatives of medical organizations, government agencies and patient safety groups to discuss issues related to information sharing and reporting impacting patient safety. This report summarizes the meeting and makes recommendations.

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From the FSMB Newsroom

The latest news releases from the Federation of State Medical Boards on news and events impacting the medical regulatory community.

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