COVID-19: Resources for Provider Privileging During a
National Health Emergency
on Monday, March 30, 2020
During a national health emergency such as that caused by the coronavirus, many facilities experience a provider shortage.
To combat COVID-19, you may need to expand your team of healthcare professionals by relying more heavily upon retired and volunteer providers, part-time clinicians, practitioners from other states, practitioners from other departments, and telehealth.
Provider Privileging During a National Health Emergency
During a health crisis, hospitals strive to grant privileges to these clinicians as quickly as possible while still protecting patients by providing them with qualified practitioners.
The federal and state governments, along with other regulatory entities, are temporarily adjusting some licensing and privileging requirements to accommodate the greater need for more providers and access to care due to COVID-19.
CredentialingOne can help you navigate any new and/or temporary rules and ensure your patients receive safe care from competent providers.
To start, we’ve compiled a list of resources to consult regarding provider privileging during a national health emergency:
1135 Waivers – the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is authorized to issue waivers during the COVID-19 national emergency. You can find information on blanket waivers and how to apply for individual waivers here. You must send individual waiver requests to your CMS Regional Office, and office email addresses can be found here.
Medicare Provider Enrollment – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering new flexibilities regarding Medicare provider enrollment, including waiving certain screening requirements, allowing licensed providers to perform services outside their state of enrollment, and expediting applications; see its FAQs.
States Waiving Licensure Requirements/Renewals – the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) created this table along with links to the original sources declaring the changes in response to the coronavirus.
The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) – this program verifies registered healthcare volunteers’ credentials in advance, so they can respond more quickly to help in a crisis. (Hospitals should check with their insurance companies to determine how volunteer providers may/may not be covered by their malpractice insurance.)
For additional information, you can also contact your specific state medical association.
These resources may be updated as the COVID-19 situation progresses.