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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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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

Leadership Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2020) – The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) House of Delegates elected new officers and board members during its first-ever virtual annual business meeting on Saturday. The following individuals were elected to the FSMB Board of Directors: 

Joint Statement

March 20, 2020
As the leading national organizations representing state and territorial health regulatory boards in the United States that regulate the practice of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, psychology, occupational therapy, and social work, we wish to express support for the many efforts being undertaken by our member boards and staff to enable health care providers and other professionals to deliver needed care during this COVID-19 pandemic.

PDC Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2020) – Beginning March 17, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) will offer access to the Physician Data Center (PDC) free of charge for hospitals and other eligible parties. FSMB is dedicated to helping ensure the sharing of essential information that can be used to verify licenses and credentials for physicians and other health care professionals who are being mobilized to provide care to patients as a result of the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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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