Access the latest real-time updates for practicing clinicians with Wheel's State-by-State COVID-19 Emergency Licensure Database for Telehealth
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented need for virtual healthcare as the majority of the country and world embraces social distancing. We’re humbled by the outreach of so many clinicians who have embraced the call-to-arms to engage in telemedicine, substantially increasing access to care for all Americans.
While our existing health care resources are stretched incredibly thin, the most significant barrier to more clinical coverage, particularly in telehealth, is the rigorous state-by-state licensure regulations preventing clinicians from treating patients across the country.
On March 18, 2020, President Trump encouraged all states to issue emergency licensure waivers to allow clinicians with licenses in good standing to deliver care nationwide. This is a necessary step encouraged by our federal government. However, each state individually must decide how to manage licensure waiver during this emergency COVID-19 pandemic.
Each state individually must decide how to manage licensure waiver during this emergency COVID-19 pandemic.
As you can imagine, the states are taking varying approaches to the COVID-19 licensing situation. In some instances, state emergency policies may differ for physicians or nurse practitioners. Or, some states may narrowly allow for licensure waiver to treat COVID-19 patients, while other states are allowing all telemedicine, within the appropriate standard of care, to allow everyone access to the health care we need while social distancing.
The Wheel team is working with leaders across our industry to track a compliant and comprehensive database of the state-by-state licensure waiver or emergency temporary licensure processes that will impact telemedicine delivery.
Wheel has created this website resource to provide clinicians and industry leaders in telemedicine with regular updates on these rapidly changing emergency state laws. We’re able to track these changes in real-time, thanks to our partner resources at Tusk Strategies, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
This table below will be updated in real-time as we learn more, day-by-day and week-by-week. Please share with your telehealth colleagues, and reach out [email protected] with any questions.