FBI Raises Questions about Interstate Licensing Compact

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently informed state agencies in Minnesota and Montana about concerns over state laws which authorize states to participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

This compact allows doctors who hold medical licenses in one member state to obtain licenses in other states participating in the compact. This compact will go into effect in January 2017.

The FBI reviewed the state legislation and has stated the law does not meet the requirements of the federal regulation empowering the agency to share information with states for purposes of criminal background checks.

Ruth Martinez, executive director of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, said that the FBI had based its determination on “erroneous conclusions” and asked the agency to reverse its decision.

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission (IMLCC) is firm in its stance that the states will not be sharing results of criminal background checks from state to state. This information is only used in the state of principal licensure where the background check is conducted to determine whether the person meets eligibility requirements of the compact.

Communication between the Minnesota board and the FBI is ongoing. Minnesota is confident the FBI will reconsider their stance once all the facts are presented and understood.

To read the full article from medscape.com, click here. 

To read more about the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, click here. 

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