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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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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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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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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 Foundation Mini-Grants up to $5,000 Now Available

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 4, 2018)- The FSMB Foundation – the philanthropic arm of the Federation of State Medical Boards - has widened its grantmaking with a new program that supports the work of diverse research and educational projects through “mini-grants” of up to $5,000 each. The grants are designed to encourage research or educational efforts that increase awareness and understanding of trends and issues impacting medical regulation, as well as patient safety and health care quality overall.

Publications

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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