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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: 08/2020
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: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alliance for Connected Care
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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: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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CORH COVID-19 ECHO
Provides current information to prepare rural hospital personnel to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Each Wednesday a team of experts present an interactive update and Q&A on COVID-19 topics including telehealth, billing and coding, regulation changes, waiver expansions, and licensure regulations.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Center for Optimizing Rural Health
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States Waiving In-State Licensure 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: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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States Waiving Licensure Requirements/Renewals 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: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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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: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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Washington State's 2019 Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce
Highlights the licensed practical nurse (LPN) workforce supply in the state of Washington in 2019. Explores the demographics, distribution, education, and work setting of LPNs using data collected from a survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and from state license renewals.
Additional links: Supplemental Report
Author(s): Benjamin A. Stubbs, MPH, Susan M. Skillman, MS
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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The Respiratory Therapist Workforce in the U.S.: Supply, Distribution, Education Pathways, and State Responses to Emergency Surges in Demand
An overview of the respiratory therapist workforce across the U.S. including their practice scope and settings, supply and distribution, education and credentialing, and work force capacity with an additional focus on the emergency related concerns of COVID-19.
Author(s): Susan M Skillman, Bianca K Frogner, Arati Dahal, Benjamin A Stubbs, Grace Guenther
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
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Washington State's 2019 Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Workforce
Reports on the existing advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) workforce supply in the state of Washington. Highlights the characteristics, distribution, qualifications, and practice settings of ARNPs using data collected from a 2019 Nursys e-Notify survey conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and from state license renewals.
Additional links: Appendix – Unweighted Response Counts and Percentages for Each Survey Question
Author(s): Benjamin A. Stubbs, Susan M. Skillman
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
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