To Treat COVID-19, Administration Expected to Relax Physician Licensing. But No Regulation, Yet

FierceHealthcare (03/19/20) Finnegan, Joanne

Vice President Pence announced on March 18 that the Trump administration has directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to permit doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners to practice across state lines even if they lack a license in a particular state, to treat COVID-19. A regulation has not yet been issued. Janis Orlowski, MD, chief healthcare officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, said on March 19 that the licensure guidelines "are evolving as we speak." She noted that states like Mississippi and New York are taking steps to expedite medical licensing given the pandemic's urgency. The American College of Physicians also said it supports the relaxation of some medical licensing restrictions.

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