Licensure for Telepsychiatry Providers
Telepsychiatry opens the door for providers to practice from nearly any private space and serve consumers in all sorts of locations; however, providers must still make sure they are practicing within the scope of their license(s). The standard is that telepsychiatry providers must be licensed and abide by the laws and requirements associated with the state where the individual receiving care is located.
Licensure in Multiple States
Since the licensure process varies in each state, it can take between two months to more than a year to receive additional licensure. This tedious process often discourages physicians from seeking additional licensure, which restricts access to qualified physicians who would otherwise be working with people in need of health care. A solution to this barrier is the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
Interstate Medical Licensure Compact for Physicians
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact was initiated to accelerate the physician licensure process and improve licensure portability across state lines by increasing communication among state medical boards. Countering the lengthy licensure process will increase access to health care for individuals who have struggled to access it previously. In effect, the Compact allows for increased use of tools and resources afforded by telemedicine to increase the reach of physicians nationwide and allow individuals to easily connect with medical experts.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact
Interstate licensure improvements are also in the works for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. This Compact will be implemented when 10 states have enacted the legislation that would allow APRNs to hold one multistate license. APRNs with this licensure would be privileged to practice in participating Compact States. Like the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact will allow for increased use of tools and resources afforded by telemedicine to increase the reach of psychiatric providers nationwide and allow individuals to easily access medical experts.
To learn more about the APRN Compact and how to support it in your state, visit www.aprncompact.com.