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June 2014
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  • A Word of Caution about Out-of-State Licenses

    In recent weeks several members have contacted ISMS about the issue of lapsed licenses in states other than Illinois. These physicians signed employment contracts or merged their practices with larger entities and had a surprise waiting for them.

    Having formerly practiced in other states, the physicians found themselves in quandaries regarding the credentialing and background investigation processes with their new employers. They had to explain why their licenses lapsed in other states or had to obtain statements from their former licensing boards explaining the situations, since some states (not all) report expired licenses to certain data banks.

    The result? Some physicians had to wait weeks before the credentialing processes could be completed and given the "green light" by the health systems to see patients.

    If you practiced medicine in another state, contact your former licensing board to determine the best route for you to take with regard to the out-of-state license(s). 

    Some states have simple active/expired scenarios, while others have various classifications of licensure. Additionally, consider if you wish to continue practicing in a particular state now or in the future. In some states the reactivation process can be quite cumbersome or involve passing an exam. Explore your best options for maintaining or deactivating the licenses on a state-by-state basis. 

    Remember, housekeeping doesn't stop with payer and provider enrollment files - you must also perform due diligence with licensing boards, specialty societies and other organizations tied to your credentialing and reimbursement data files.

    Questions? Please contact the ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or by email.

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