FLB’s Healthcare Group attorneys are here to support licensed professionals as they face challenges presented by the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
In an effort to respond to the pandemic, the Pennsylvania Department of State has made several significant and temporary modifications to the standards and procedures applicable to licensed healthcare professionals in the Commonwealth.
- Some requirements applicable to physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, nurses, nurse midwives, have been modified or suspended to respond to the COVID-19 emergency:
- Some healthcare professionals retired less than four year may reactivate their license.
- Some oversight requirements applicable to physician assistants, including the requirement to obtain counter signature from a physician, within 10 days have been suspended.
- HIPAA-complaint, or other online methods, have been approved for supervision of some professionals in the fields of psychology, social work, and counseling.
- RNs, CRNPs, and CNSs with licenses set to expire on April 30, 2020, will be automatically extended until July 31, 2020.
- Applications for healthcare practitioners not presently licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are also being expedited.
- Restrictions on distance learning for continuing education requirements often required to maintain an individual’s licensure have been suspended to allow for appropriate social distancing.
- Finally, the Commonwealth has broadened the use of telemedicine, allowing healthcare professionals from out of state to treat Pennsylvania residents using this technology.
We will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation. If you would like assistance in assessing the current restrictions on your practice as a licensed professional, our attorney team is here to help. Please contact us using the form below, or give us a call at 610-797-9000. We wish you well during these extraordinary times.