National Stroke Association Endorses Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Jan. 13, 2016)—National Stroke Association—the nation’s only national nonprofit devoted entirely to stroke—today endorsed the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact drafted by the Federation of State Medical Boards.

The compact—which has been approved by 12 states across the U.S.—aims to expand access to quality healthcare, especially to those in rural and underserved areas of the country. The compact will expedite the licensing process for qualified physicians and reduce barriers to obtaining licensure in multiple states and jurisdictions.

By significantly streamlining the licensure process for physicians, the compact is expected to expand access to healthcare and facilitate new modes of healthcare delivery, such as telestroke care and telemedicine.

“The compact will continue to ensure state-based regulation of the medical profession while simultaneously promoting access to qualified and experienced physicians in high-need specialties and in rural and underserved areas,” said Matt Lopez, CEO of National Stroke Association. “Not only does the compact protect patients but it will increase the availability of telestroke care and help control stroke risk factors like high blood pressure and diabetes.”

About National Stroke Association

National Stroke Association offers people Hope After Stroke, so survivors and their circle of care can begin their journey to Come Back Strong. Founded in 1984, National Stroke Association is the only U.S. organization focused solely on reducing the incidence and impact of stroke through prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation support for stroke survivors and caregivers.

Media Contact:

Clair Diones
VP Marketing and Communications