Application for Reactivation/Reinstatement during COVID-19 Emergency
March 31, 2020
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.
Out of State Licensure Exception for Practitioners Assisting in Hospitals, Licensed Nursing Facilities, Dialysis Facilities, Physicians’ Offices, and Other Health Care Facilities:
March 20, 2020 - Revised May 26, 2020
During the state of emergency declared by Executive Order 51, a license in good standing issued to a health care practitioner by another 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 or an affiliate of such hospital where both share the same corporate parent, licensed nursing facility, dialysis facility, physicians’ office, or other health care facility in the Commonwealth for the purpose of assisting that office or facility with public health and medical disaster response operations. Hospitals, licensed nursing facilities, dialysis facilities, physicians’ offices, and other health care facilities must submit to the applicable licensing board each out-of-state health care practitioner’s name, license type, state of license, and license identification number within a reasonable time of such healthcare practitioner providing services for the health care facility or office in the Commonwealth. A health care facility includes assisted living facilities, congregate care settings, and any alternate care facility established in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
The full text of EO-42, EO-51 and EO-57 can be viewed here.
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:
- Transcripts of professional education
- Form b employment verifications
- State verifications of licensure
In addition, the Board already has an expedited licensure by endorsement process for medicine and osteopathy applicants who:
- Have practiced in another state for 5 years
- Are board certified
Reinstatement and Reactivation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.