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Resources by Topic: Licensure and certification of health professionals

COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns
Resources and tools to help address healthcare workforce challenges related to the COVID-19 emergency. Addresses training, licensure, scope of practice, liability protection, workforce protection, and more.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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State Telehealth and Licensure Expansion COVID-19 Dashboard
Presents state-by-state telehealth expansion and licensing waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant executive orders, regulatory guidance, statutory language, and other official communications for each state.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Connected Care
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The EMS Compact
Information on the agreement enabling emergency medical service (EMS) personnel licensed in Compact member states to cross state borders to practice and work in other Compact states without getting an EMS license in the remote state. Describes ways in which this agreement may enhance communities' responses to COVID-19 when local resources are reduced. Includes a map showing locations of EMS Compact states and contact information for each member state's Compact Commissioner.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements
Provides information about temporary changes to regulations related to nurse practitioners' scope of practice, supervision, and protocol requirements in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the Atlantic Territories. Features an interactive map showing full practice states, those that have waived or suspended some or all practice agreement requirements, and those that have taken no action.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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U.S. States and Territories Modifying Requirements for Telehealth in Response to COVID-19
State-by-state list with brief descriptions of changes in licensure policy for telehealth professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant official declarations and press releases.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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U.S. States and Territories Modifying Licensure Requirements for Physicians in Response to COVID-19
State-by-state list with brief descriptions of changes in licensure policy for healthcare professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant official declarations and press releases.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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Provider Bridge
Connects healthcare professionals with state agencies and healthcare entities to increase access to care for patients in rural and underserved communities, and assists in mobilizing volunteer healthcare professionals during public health emergencies. Features COVID-19 resources including state-by-state telehealth information and links to help providers find answers to telehealth licensure questions.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2021
Bi-annual summary report on telehealth policies as of February 2021. Covers Medicaid reimbursement, private payer laws, and professional regulation.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Infographic, Summary Chart
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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State Responses to Address Workforce Needs in the Initial Wave of the Pandemic
Summarizes early findings from a study examining approaches to ensuring adequate workforce capacity and strategies to expand access to needed healthcare services. Uses information from 32 interviews conducted during the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, with stakeholders from 23 states. Includes sections on regulatory flexibility, scope of practice, licensing of out-of-state providers, acute and ambulatory care services, effects on health professions education, and use of telehealth services.
Author(s): David Armstrong, Jean Moore, Dustin Moore, et al.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity, Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center
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Rural Responses to COVID-19
Provides updates for healthcare workers on various issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include vaccine confidence and hesitancy, telehealth, provider relief funding, regulation changes, waiver expansions, equity initiatives, and licensure regulations.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Optimizing Rural Health
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