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HHS to Governors: Expand Provider Flexibility

In a March 24 letter to governors, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requested more flexibility for health professional licensing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Among these requests, Azar asks governors to:

  • allow health professionals certified in other states to practice across state lines, either in person or through telemedicine, and work with the state insurance commissioner and insurers to mitigate state variations in liability protections to enable insurance coverage;
  • relax scope-of-practice requirements;
  • increase the number of health professionals physicians may supervise and allow physicians to provide remote supervision;
  • enable rapid certification and recertification of health care providers;
  • allow medical students to triage, diagnose, and treat patients under the supervision of licensed staff; and
  • enable signatureless delivery of pharmaceuticals to minimize human contact.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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