In October, the Pennsylvania House and Senate approved the interstate licensure compact (House bill 1619) and sent it to Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who signed it into law on October 26. The new law authorizes the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join 17 states in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, creating a new licensing option under which qualified physicians seeking to practice in multiple states would be eligible for expedited licensure in all participating states.

The law also will allow eligible licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telehealth. While the Compact streamlines existing state-by-state licensing procedures, physicians must continue to follow the existing laws and regulations for the states where their patients are located. 

For more information, please visit the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania website or check out the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

Contact Jonathan Hood, Manager of State and Local Affairs, for more information regarding the impact on CHOP clinicians.