A Senate committee has passed the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (S 808), legislation designed to eliminate the ambiguity that currently exists with licensure and malpractice insurance for sports medicine professionals traveling across state lines with an athletic team.

The bipartisan bill, passed by the Senate Health, Labor, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aims to eliminate the professional and financial risks that sports medicine professionals may put themselves into if they treat injured players across state lines.

The bill’s passage now allows covered sports medicine professionals to treat injured athletes across state lines, as long as they have an agreement in place with the team or athlete being treated and are only providing services within their state of licensure’s scope of practice.

[Source(s): DRGNews.com, Becker’s Spine Review]