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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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Telemedicine

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

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FSMB Adopts New Policies at 110th Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2022) – The Federation of State Medical Boards’ House of Delegates considered and adopted four new policies at FSMB’s 110th Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Policies adopted by the FSMB provide best practices and guidance to state medical boards on issues impacting medical regulation. 

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COVID-19 Disinformation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 9, 2021) - The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has released findings from its 2021 annual survey of its member state medical boards. A prominent focus of this year’s survey was to identify how medical boards are being impacted by, and addressing, physicians and other health care professionals who spread false or misleading information about COVID-19. 

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Publications

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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