Florida Waiving Licensure Requirements in Response to COVID-19

Out-of-state health care professionals may now come to Florida to render services related to COVID-19 for either the Red Cross or Florida Department of Health — without needing to go through the state’s licensure requirements.

This is just one of many license-related measures put in place in Florida over the past week, as the state ordered temporary changes to its professional licensure requirements as part of its State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency declarations.

As part of our regulatory compliance practice, we at Chapman Law Group are monitoring licensure matters for our clients in Florida and Michigan. We also are keeping our clients abreast of how Coronavirus is affecting physicians, guidelines for health care professionals who could be exposed to COVID-19,  and how telehealth is factoring in during the pandemic.

While Michigan has declared a State of Emergency, neither its Board of Medicine nor its Board of Osteopathic Medicine have waived licensure requirements as of yet.

However, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs may renew a license “regardless of whether the licensee has satisfied the continuing education requirement applicable to their license,” and “may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure.” This measure applies through April 14, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Health Care, Life Support Professionals Get Licenses Waived

In a March 16, 2020, emergency order, Florida State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees wrote:

For purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of COVID-19, health care professionals, advanced life support professionals, and basic life support professionals holding a valid, unrestricted, and unencumbered license in any state, territory, and/or district may render such services in Florida during a period not to exceed thirty days unless extended by order of the State Surgeon General, if such health care practitioner does not represent or hold themselves out as a health care practitioner licensed to practice in Florida.

This order further states that “physicians, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses” can provide telehealth services in Florida.

Renewal Requirements Suspended, Licenses Extended

In addition, on March 14, 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced:

  • A 30-day moratorium for all licensing agencies to suspend licensing and registration renewal requirements for existing processional licenses.
  • The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will be granting a 90-day extension to all licenses for health care providers and regulated facilities.
  • AHCA will extend all existing nursing home and assisted living facility licenses for 90 days “to remove distraction from patient care.”

How We Can Help with Your Licensing Matters

If you’re a physician, nurse, medical assistant or other health care professional, we know that the Coronavirus pandemic is creating daily stressful situations. We at Chapman Law Group fully appreciate what you’re doing on the front lines, which is why we are here to handle your regulatory compliance matters while you focus on combating COVID-19.

If you have specific questions regarding waivers of license requirements or applying for temporary or emergency licensure, contact us to see how we can assist.

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