The 10 physicians who practice telestroke medicine and teleneurology in the Mayo Clinic's Phoenix telemedicine hub either have medical licenses or are working toward obtaining them in four states besides Arizona. The law doesn't require it. But Mayo has decided that's the best way to go for its program.
Many more doctors soon may have to apply for medical licenses in other states as their medical organizations move into the rapidly growing field of telemedicine. That may become somewhat easier because the Federation of State Medical Boards is working on an interstate compact to streamline the process for obtaining multiple state licenses.
At its annual meeting in April, member state boards will vote on adopting the federation's proposed telemedicine policy codifying standards and principles for state boards and legislatures in developing their own policies and regulations. The federation proposal includes two key principles.