McGrane, Public Information Officer
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|DATE: February 28, 2003|
AMB ADDS SERVICES AT NO EXTRA COST
-- In a time of budget cuts and rising deficits, the Arizona Medical Board
is doing the unexpected - it’s adding services to new licensees
at no extra cost. Best of all, physicians applying for a license to practice
medicine in Arizona are getting their money’s worth.
What makes this information special is not the number of licenses that are issued each year, but the remarkable timeframes in which the licenses are processed and given to physicians and physician assistants. In past years, the average timeframe to issue a license was 120 days. Now, due to process reorganization and proactive measures, the timeframe has been reduced to an average of 60 days. Additionally, the Board set a new record this year by processing and issuing a license in just three days and has the capability of continuing this remarkable transformation.
The licensing transformation was relatively simple and added no extra licensing fees. The Board’s licensing staff now processes on-line verifications for documents physicians and physician assistants often have difficulty obtaining. These verifications include: the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Medical Association (AMA) physician profiles, and Federation of State Medical Board (FSMB) disciplinary searches. Additionally, the licensing staff can verify other state licenses on-line, as well as National Practitioner Data Bank and Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank searches, which held up the licensing process in the past.
The Licensing staff also goes the extra mile to ensure rapid licensing, support the licensing needs of rural areas and to provide excellent customer satisfaction. Some of the proactive measures the Board took to meet these goals are as follows:
|For more information on the Arizona Medical Board or to view the Board’s most recent publication, The Arizona Medical Digest, visit the Board’s website athttp://www.azmdboard.com.|