Process Begins to Tweak Minnesota’s Licensure Compact Law

Legislation (HF 474) designed to bring Minnesota into federal compliance with its Interstate Medical Licensure Compact law was heard in the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee on Jan. 31. It was approved unanimously and referred to the House Civil Law Committee, which is expected to hear it next week.  

The bill is a technical fix to provide the Board of Medical Practice (BMP) authority to conduct criminal background checks on physicians who choose to seek licensure through the Compact. This doesn’t change the process of the Compact as it was originally passed, it just permits the Compact to function as intended. The BMP will keep private all the criminal background check data, just as it does for all criminal background check data. 

Since 2015, the Compact, which allows an expedited pathway to licensure for physicians who want to practice multiple states, has been enacted in 18 states and remains under legislative consideration in five other states. The MMA successfully lobbied the Legislature in 2015 to join the Compact.  

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