Regulatory Flexibility

Executive orders and regulatory changes to promote the effective use of the health workforce.

(05/25/21) Broadened Scope of Practice in Assisted Living Should Continue After Pandemic, Association Argues
The Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, has lifted several COVID-19 restrictions and announced that the state of emergency would end on June 15, 2021. This announcement has caused much concern among assisted living facilities as the state of emergency permitted the state to waive regulations that define the scope of practice for several health professionals. Since this announcement, the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association has advocated for permanent expansion of the scope of practice for assisted living facility nurses.

(05/04/21) State Lawmakers Mull Out-of-State Nurse Licenses After Pandemic Rollbacks
As COVID-19 cases surged, several states temporarily waived state licensure requirements and allowed out-of-state providers to practice in other states without obtaining licensure in the new state. This action contributed to increasing the supply of Registered Nurses as traveling nurses began to practice in other state COVID-19 hotspots. However, several of the executive orders that allowed regulatory flexibility are set to expire. State lawmakers are exploring strategies to avoid future nursing shortages which include adding states to the Nursing Licensure Compact agreement.

(04/07/21) Relaxed Nurse Scope of Practice Boosts Care Access During COVID-19
With scope of barriers being put on hold, nurse anesthetists have improved access to care during COVID-19, according to a new study conducted by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

(04/03/21) Virginia Launches New Volunteer Vaccinator Registry to Expand State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce
The Governor of Virginia has recently signed legislation that will assist with expanding the state’s vaccinator workforce. Dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, optometrists, and health profession students are now eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. Eligible providers are encouraged to register as a volunteer COVID-19 vaccinator through the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps or the Virginia Volunteer Vaccinator Registry.

(03/19/21) Dialysis Clinics Should Be Able to Vaccinate Their Patients on Site
This opinion piece published in STAT calls for health care providers at kidney dialysis centers to be allowed to provide vaccinations to their patients. Patients needing kidney dialysis are at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 infection.

(03/12/21) Expanding Scope of Practice Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Pharmacists have largely contributed to COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts after law makers temporarily expanded scope of practice for these health professionals. Policy experts are advocating for improved reimbursement rates and for scope of practice expansions to continue after the pandemic has ended.

(03/12/21) Expanding Scope of Practice Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond
Pharmacists have largely contributed to COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts after law makers temporarily expanded scope of practice for these health professionals. Policy experts are advocating for improved reimbursement rates and for scope of practice expansions to continue after the pandemic has ended.

(03/09/21)Compliance With COVID-19 Related Cal/OSHA, Other Regulations: CDA Resources Can Help
The California Dental Association (CDA) has developed the Clinical Care Workgroup in efforts to assist dentists with safely returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dentists have relied on the CDA Practice Support to clarify practice requirements after the California Department of Industrial Relations sent out a letter to dental practice owners. The Clinical Care Workgroup has since released several resources to help dentists comply with temporary regulations set forth in the DIR letter and the California OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.

(03/08/21) Now Approved to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine, NC Dentists Eager to Help Fight Pandemic
The North Carolina Dentist Board has approved dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines in state. Dentists can now be more central to the fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

(03/06/21) It’s Time to Eliminate Bureaucratic Barriers to Health Care Access
This opinion piece from The Hill discusses the regulatory and policy barriers that exacerbate access to health care issues. As COVID-19 cases surged, many states responded with efforts to build workforce surge capacity and support safer ways for patients to access services. Regulatory and policy changes included expanding scope of practice for some health professions, relaxing state health professional licensing requirements and supporting the provision of telehealth services. This article advocates for regulatory and policy reform that includes continued usage of COVID-19 response strategies as a method to expanding the health workforce and access to care.

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