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COVID-19 Information

Application for Reactivation/Reinstatement during COVID-19 Emergency

The Board of Medicine has made accommodations to the licensing process during the COVID-19 emergency.  For those who held an unencumbered license within the last 4 years, the fees and continuing education requirements will be waived.  Here is the link to the required application.


Governor Northam Directs Postponement of Elective Surgeries

Governor Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA today directed all hospitals to stop performing elective surgeries or procedures to help conserve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Licensed inpatient and outpatient surgical hospitals, free-standing endoscopy centers, physicians’ offices, and dental, orthodontic, and endodontic offices may perform any procedure or surgery that if delayed or canceled would result in the patient’s condition worsening. Outpatient surgical hospitals are encouraged to work with local inpatient hospitals to assist with surge capacity needs. The full text of Order of Public Health Emergency Two is available here.

Read the full  release here.


Out of State Licensure Exception for Practitioners Assisting in Hospitals, Licensed Nursing Facilities, or Dialysis Facilities:

In response to Governor Northamís declared state of emergency regarding COVID-19, and as authorized by Executive Order 42, a license issued to a health care practitioner by another state, and in good standing with such state, shall be deemed to be an active license issued by the Commonwealth to provide health care or professional services as a health care practitioner of the same type for which such license is issued in another state, provided such health care practitioner is engaged by a hospital, licensed nursing facility, or dialysis facility in the Commonwealth for the purpose of assisting that facility with public health and medical disaster response operations. Hospitals, licensed nursing facilities, and dialysis facilities must submit to the applicable licensing authority each out-of-state health care practitionerís name, license type, state of license, and license identification number within a reasonable time of such healthcare practitioner arriving at the applicable health care facility in the Commonwealth.
The full text of EO-42 and EO-51 can be viewed here.


HIPAA Information

March 19, 2020

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services is relaxing its enforcement of HIPAA regulations governing telehealth during the COVID-19 National Emergency.  Please read the notice at this link.

Because this is a federal announcement, we are not in a position to answer questions or offer clarification on this issue.


COVID-19 - Licensure accommodations

Updated March 24, 2020

COVID-19 - Expedited Licensure

During the declared coronavirus emergency in Virginia, the board of medicine is streamlining its licensing process for the following professions: medicine and surgery, osteopathic medicine and surgery, physician assistant, podiatry, and respiratory therapy. The following are not required in the application process:

In addition, the Board already has an expedited licensure by endorsement process for medicine and osteopathy applicants who:

Reinsatement and Reactivation

Temporary waiver to reinstate or reactivate a license for a doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine, a physician assistant, or a respiratory therapist - Issued March 23, 2020

During the period in which the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency is in effect, the Board of Medicine will waive the regulations relating to fees and continuing education for reinstatement or reactivation of licensure for doctors of medicine, osteopathic medicine, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists who held an unencumbered, active license within the past four years.* 

Please submit an email to medbd@dhp.virginia.gov or call 804-367-4600 (Option 2) to request reinstatement/reactivation.

*All applicants are reminded to check with their malpractice carriers on the status of liability coverage, when opting to return to active practice.

 


Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

Published on Feb 28, 2020

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). VDH has information on the Coronavirus Disease for both healthcare professionals and the general public which is updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Read more here.