State License Waivers: Pragmatism Amidst Pandemic

Cross Country Locums
March 26, 2020 08:05 AM (GMT-05:00)
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In response to COVID-19, the federal government has allowed for regulatory flexibility at the state level through licensing waivers designed to expand access to care. If you’re a provider who wants to help by working locums or an administrator who needs to shore up your staff during this surge , these state waivers may open some doors.

However, within the industry, you may have seen this touted by recruiters as an opportunity for them to send providers to work absolutely anywhere. We believe during this time of immense pressure, its important to maintain a pragmatic approach. Therefore, we intend to be the clear voice within this cacophony of licensing information.

Be forewarned. This is not a free-for-all.

While it is true that several states are relaxing their licensing requirements, healthcare providers cannot simply start practicing in another state. These waivers can be complex, and it’s essential to be aware of the processes involved in each instance.

For example, while many states are currently allowing for some type of exemption for using an out-of-state license, they are still requiring either an expedited temporary license or other type of registration. No one can simply begin practicing in a state with just any license. There is credentialing footwork to be done regarding these waivers. To lead providers or administrators to believe otherwise is spreading misinformation. We don’t want you to be misled, and we’re determined to do the right thing.

We are closely following state regulations.

At Cross Country Locums, we are working tirelessly to stay abreast of the continually evolving regulations. Our skilled recruiters, credentialing experts, and compliance team members will work with you to navigate the stipulations of your location of interest and current licensure.

View resources on recent developments regarding waivers.

FSMB State Emergency Declarations and Licensing Waivers

To see the latest developments by state, visit the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) COVID-19 page and select State Emergency Declarations and Licensing Waivers . There you can find information on specific states, like Texas, which has enacted extensive COVID-19 Disaster Waivers to help providers expand their ability to care for patients, or Georgia, which “may approve and issue ‘emergency practice permits’ to physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, and respiratory care professionals who wish to practice medicine during the public health emergency response to novel coronavirus, known as ‘COVID-19.’”

CMS Approves Waivers for 13 States in Response to COVID-19

Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved another 11 state waivers on March 23, 2020, bringing the total number of approved Section 1135 waivers for states to 13. To view the details visit the CMS press release which has links to waivers for the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Virginia. Waivers are also available in Washington and Florida.

We are ready to help.

We’re on top of this, and our team can help. Find out where you can practice and how we can make it happen. Contact us.

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