Improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting and strengthening physicians' ability to practice high-quality patient care in a changing environment.

MEB gives support for interstate licensing compact proposal

At its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday, the State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) voted unanimously to support an effort from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to create a multistate licensing compact&#8212an additional path for applicants choosing to apply for medical licenses in more than one state. The Society’s Council on Legislation studied the compact at its meeting last Friday at Society headquarters and forwarded a recommendation to the Society’s Board of Directors to also support the proposal.

You can view the compact and other supporting materials at the FSMB website.

Among other actions, the MEB also:

  • Unveiled a new online license application system for physicians seeking special medical licenses, such as the current visiting professors license. Dubbed the Online Licensure Application System (OLAS), the project is a joint effort of the state’s Department of Administration and the Department of Professional Services (DSPS), where the MEB is administratively housed. The new resource is designed to ease the applicant’s administrative burden via easier data input; a process for renewing a regular medical license renewals has been online for several years.
  • Received results from an audit of license holders’ Continuing Medical Education compliance. The Board learned that MD license holders have a 91.7 percent compliance rate (sample size was 1,135 licensees) when reporting their CME compliance&#8212a number DSPS staff says outpaces many other professions with CE requirements. Compliance by DO license holders was remarkably similar: 91.3 percent compliance (sample size: 81 licenses). The MEB unanimously voted to forward all non-compliant license holders to DSPS legal services for further determination of any potential credential action.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations department with any questions.

Back to September 18, 2014 Medigram