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Resources by Topic: Licensure and certification of health professionals

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: 07/2022
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: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2022
Bi-annual summary report on telehealth policies as of May 2022. Covers Medicaid reimbursement, private payer laws, and professional requirements.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Infographic, State Summary Chart
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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Medicaid Coverage of Community Health Worker Services
Provides an overview of types of community health workers (CHWs) and the services they provide. Summarizes studies examining the effects of CHW programs on health outcomes and costs. Discusses state approaches to covering CHW services through Medicaid, including the services covered, regulatory authorities used to provide Medicaid payment, the populations served, and training and certification requirements.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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2020 Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Workforce Brief
Information on demographics, education and practice characteristics, trends in licensing, and distribution of Indiana psychologists, addiction counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors. Includes a county-level map showing Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Author(s): Courtney Medlock, Hannah L. Maxey
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy
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2020 Annual Report: Promotora or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program
Describes the Promotora or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program in Texas, including the number of certified community health workers, instructors, certificate graduates, and renewals. Includes the number of certified community health workers by county and the location of CHW training programs in the state.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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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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Pennsylvania Mental Health Services for Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape: A Staff Study
Examines existing laws and services in Pennsylvania and offers recommendations to ensure that sexual assault victims receive quality, trauma-informed medical care. Includes recommendations to promote a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) program, increase the use of telehealth, and provide for a designation for hospitals, based on their ability to provide comprehensive sexual assault services. Features a section comparing availability of certified SANE nurses in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Yvonne Llewellyn Hursh, Allison N. Kobzowicz, Grant Rosul, Wendy L. Baker
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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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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Nursing Preparedness: Words from Researchers and Rural Nurses
Focuses on job preparedness for rural nurses. Features three rural registered nurses and a nursing doctoral candidate sharing their experiences and insights about rural nursing preparedness.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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