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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

Two-Thirds of State Medical Boards see Increase in COVID-19 Disinformation Complaints

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.

Opioid Regulatory Collaborative

Boards of medicine, pharmacy, nursing and dentistry to join forces

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 29, 2021) Four organizations representing the state regulatory boards that license U.S. physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses and dentists have announced the launch of the Opioid Regulatory Collaborative (ORC) – a new partnership aimed at addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic.

FSMB: Spreading COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation May Put Medical License at Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2021) – The Federation of State Medical Boards’ Board of Directors released the following statement in response to a dramatic increase in the dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation by physicians and other health care professionals on social media platforms, online and in the media:

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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