Announcement Regarding Emergency Licensing Provisions for COVID-19 State of Emergency (June 14, 2021)
On June 14, 2021, Governor Phil Scott announced that the State of Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic will be allowed to expire when the current extension ends at midnight on June 15. Not all the emergency authorities that apply to licensing to practice medicine are tied to the State of Emergency. Thus, if you do not hold a regular Vermont medical license and are practicing here (including practice via telemedicine with patients located in Vermont), you should read this carefully and contact us if you have any questions about whether you are able to continue to practice. Please note that this applies to only the professions licensed by the Board of Medical Practice (MD, PA, DPM, AA, and RA). Members of professions regulated by the Office of Professional Regulation (e.g., DOs, APRNs, and Naturopaths) should contact OPR.
If you have a temporary emergency license that has an expiration date of June 15, 2021, it will expire at midnight on June 15, 2021. The State of Emergency is not being extended. If you have a temporary emergency license and are unsure of the expiration date, you can quickly find out by looking up your license. We recommend entering just your last name to search.
Deemed Licensure for Physicians Licensed in Other States
By virtue of Act 6 of 2021, through March 31, 2022, health care professionals who are licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction and in good standing in all states where licensed, and who are not currently subject to disciplinary proceedings in another state or barred from practice in Vermont, are able to practice in Vermont without obtaining a license, in the following circumstances:
- Practice that is limited to telehealth
- Practice as part of the staff of a licensed facility
- Practice at a Federally Qualified Health Center
Those who are practicing as staff of a licensed facility or FQHC must have the organization submit to the Board their name, contact information, and locations at which they will be practicing. This authority applies until March 31, 2022, so long as the individual remains in good standing in all jurisdictions where licensed to practice.
Deemed Licensure for Vermont Physicians Whose License Became Inactive within the Past Three Years
Health care professionals whose Vermont licenses became inactive within the past three years and who were in good standing also have been, and continue to be, eligible to be “deemed” licensed to practice until March 31, 2022, in the same circumstances as listed above: telehealth, staff of a licensed facility or FQHC. If you began practicing in Vermont under this authority within three years of the date on which you no longer held an active license and have continued to practice, you will remain eligible to practice through March 31, 2022, so long as all other conditions are still satisfied. That is to say that you have not been subjected to discipline or barred from practice in Vermont.
Emergency Licensure for Health Care Professionals Whose Vermont Licenses Became Inactive Between Three and Ten Years Ago
Health care professionals whose Vermont license became inactive more than three years ago are not able to be “deemed” licensed as described above. However, those whose Vermont licenses became inactive between three and ten years ago may apply for a temporary emergency license. They must fill out an abbreviated application, which will be reviewed by the Board. Limitations may be placed on such licenses. These licenses may also be extended through March 31, 2022, as provided by Act 6 of 2021.
Emergency Licenses for Health Care Professionals Licensed in Other States
The Board has the enduring authority to issue temporary emergency licenses to physicians (MD), physician assistants, and podiatrists who are licensed in at least one other state and in good standing in all other states where they hold licenses. These licenses are authorized by a permanent law, 26 V.S.A. § 1353(11)(A). The permanent law provides that such licenses are good only so long as the state of emergency continues. Accordingly, these license certificates will no longer be effective as of midnight on June 15, 2021. Holders of these temporary emergency licenses would be eligible to continue working under the deemed status described above, limited to the circumstances provided for practice in a deemed status: telehealth or staff of a licensed facility or FQHC. We understand that some individuals who obtained emergency license certificates did so in order to satisfy requirements for credentialing, payment participation, or other reasons, and that the “deemed” option does not meet their needs. We apologize for any inconvenience that may arise but are not able to change the expiration terms that are set in law.