Interstate Medical Licensure Compact: Considerations for Arkansas

March 27, 2024


Jennifer Wessel, JD, MPH
Senior Policy Analyst and Data Privacy Officer


ACHI Communications

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As states seek to improve access to health care in rural areas and address physician shortages, one available option is to participate in collaborative initiatives such as interstate licensure compacts, which provide a framework for healthcare professionals to practice across state lines under shared rules and policies. 

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) streamlines the licensure process for physicians to practice in multiple states. In 2017, the Arkansas State Medical Board raised concerns regarding the feasibility of joining the compact, leading to a decision not to join at that time. With most states, including those surrounding Arkansas, now participating in the IMLC, Arkansas has an opportunity to reassess its options. This explainer provides an overview of the IMLC, examines the board’s concerns, and discuss the legislative changes required to join the compact.

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