SB 393 - This act modifies provisions relating to physician licensure reciprocity. Under this act, those applicants for licensure who are licensed in another state, territory, or branch or unit of the military for at least one year may submit to the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts an application and proof of current licensure. The Board shall, within 6 months of receipt of the application, waive any examination, educational, or experience requirements for licensure in this state as described in the act, but may require the applicant to take and pass an examination specific to the laws of Missouri. In the case of an applicant who is a nonresident or resident military spouse, the Board shall waive any examination, educational, or experience requirements for licensure within 30 days of receipt of the application.

Additionally, this act adopts the "Interstate Medical Licensure Compact". The purpose of the compact is to strengthen access to health care and streamline the licensure process. The compact sets forth the requirements to be met in order for a state to join the compact. Each member state shall require an applicant for a physician license to obtain or retain a license in the state of principal residence and meet that state's qualifications for licensure or renewal of licensure as well as all other applicable laws. Physicians seeking to practice in member states shall obtain an expedited license with the board of the principal state and register to receive a license with a member state. This license shall authorize the physician to practice medicine in the issuing state. An expedited license shall be terminated if the physician fails to maintain a license in the state of principal licensure.

The compact creates a joint public agency known as the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission. The Commission has powers and duties listed in the compact and shall enforce the provisions and rules of the compact. The compact shall come into effect on the date on which the compact is enacted into law in the seventh member state. Any member state may withdraw from the compact by enacting a statute repealing the same. The compact shall be binding upon member states and shall supersede any conflict with state law.

This act is substantially similar to provisions of the truly agreed to and finally passed CCS/HCS/SS/SCS/SB 157 (2023), the truly agreed to and finally passed HCS/SS/SCS/SB 70 (2023), HB 285 (2023), HB 348 (2023), HB 407 (2023), and HB 2004 (2022).


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