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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Information and Resources Overview
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The FPMB is an empowering leader, helping Member Boards work independently and collectively to promote and protect the public’s podiatric health, safety, and welfare.

The FPMB has compiled COVID-19 information and resources for the benefit of Member Boards, podiatrists, and other stakeholders. This includes information from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), Council on Podiatric Medical Education, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other national/international sources.

The FPMB has also compiled links to the podiatry/medical board, department of health, COVID-19 information, and resources & guidance for health care providers for each of the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

NOTES:
  1. The FPMB continues to process Part I/II/III (PMLexis) Score and Disciplinary reports without interruption.
  2. The FPMB's 'Member Boards Info' data visualization web page provides general, contact, licensure, and regulatory information for each state.
American Podiatric Medical Association

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questionslink

Questions
  • Can podiatrists prescribe and/or administer tests for COVID-19 diagnosis?
  • Should DPMs continue treating patients?
  • Should I continue with elective surgeries?
  • What is the recommended timeframe regarding prioritizing urgent and emergency visits and procedures and delaying all elective ambulatory provider visits and elective surgical and procedural cases?
  • Limiting my practice creates a financial hardship for me and my staff. Where can I find help?
  • Does APMA have guidance about providing telehealth services?
  • How do I protect myself from contracting coronavirus in the health-care setting?
  • Does APMA have information for patients?
  • And more ...

Council on Podiatric Medical Education

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Current Emergencies - 2020 - Coronavirus

  • General Information & Updates
  • Coronavirus Press Releases
  • Telehealth Guidance
  • Clinical & Technical Guidance
    • For All Clinicians
    • For All Health Care Providers
    • For Health Care Facilities
    • For Labs
    • For Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations
  • Billing & Coding Guidance
  • Survey & Certification Guidance
  • Coverage Guidance
  • Provider Enrollment Guidance
  • Medicaid & CHIP Guidance
  • Marketplace Plan Guidance
  • Medicare Advantage Plan Guidance
  • Open Payments Guidance
  • Partner & Stakeholder Resources
  • Consumer Information
National/International

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Drug Enforcement Administration - Diversion Control Division

State-by-State Resources
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Alabama

State Podiatry

Arizona

State Podiatry

Arkansas

State Podiatry

California

State Podiatry

Colorado

State Podiatry

Connecticut

State Podiatry

District of Columbia

State Podiatry

Florida

State Podiatry

Georgia

State Podiatry

Hawaii

State Podiatry

Idaho

State Podiatry

Illinois

State Podiatry

Indiana

State Podiatry

Iowa

State Podiatry

Maryland

State Podiatry

Massachusetts

State Podiatry

Michigan

State Podiatry

Minnesota

State Podiatry

Mississippi

State Podiatry

Montana

State Podiatry

Nebraska

State Podiatry

Nevada

State Podiatry

New Hampshire

State Podiatry

New Mexico

State Podiatry

North Carolina

State Podiatry

North Dakota

State Podiatry

Ohio

State Podiatry

Oregon

State Podiatry

Pennsylvania

State Podiatry

Puerto Rico

State

Rhode Island

State Podiatry

South Dakota

State Podiatry

Tennessee

State Podiatry

Texas

State Podiatry

Utah

State Podiatry

Vermont

State Podiatry

Washington

State Podiatry

West Virginia

State Podiatry

Wisconsin

State Podiatry

Wyoming

State Podiatry
State-by-State Updates (including licensure)
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FSMB

NBPME

  • Part II CSPE Announcement July 15, 2020 - Schedule Changes:  The board has agreed that the start of the examination should be delayed until October 1, 2020 and will extend until February 2021. Further, scores will not be reported as part of the 2021 Match process. Finally, candidates will have the option to test during this session or in a later cycle as long as the examination is successfully completed prior to completion of residency. Candidates from the Class of 2021 will be permitted to attempt Part III regardless of their status in Part II CSPE. This exception applies only to the Class of 2021. apmle.com

Alabama

Alaska

  • The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing is seeking greater leniency in statute for boards to offer emergency courtesy licenses to qualified providers as well as more authority for boards to augment or restrict practice, as may be necessary to preserve public health.
  • COVID-19 Mandates and Guidance
  • Reocurring Meeting Notice - Weekly COVID-19 teleconference every Thursday at 4 PM
  • Adopted Emergency Regulations

Arizona

  • Continuing Education: Governor Douglas A. Ducey - Executive Order 2020-17: Gives Boards the authority to suspend Rules that prevent or limit the amount of online or alternative learning hours permitted to renew a license. Licensees can obtain all continuing medical education hours via electronically.
  • Arizona Department of Health Services - Administrative Order 2020-01 (Waives licensing requirements)
  • Office of the Governer, Doug Ducey - Declaration And Order Proactively Provides Health Officials With Guidance And Tools To Combat Continued Spread

Arkansas

  • CMEs: The Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine has extended the deadline for license renewal and CME until November 30, 2020, due to Covid19. The Board encourages those of you who have your CME hours to keep the June 30, 2020, renewal as you will receive your certificate for the year. You may find hospital, insurance, and employment recredentialing to be less troublesome.
  • Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Message to Licensees

California

Colorado

  • CMEs: No prohibitions on online CMEs.

Connecticut

  • TBD

Delaware

  • CEs: When completing your on-line renewal, the continuing education attestation page will ask if you have been unable to complete your required continuing education due to the Governor's declared state of emergency. Any licensee who attests that s/he has had difficulty completing CEs before renewal due to the declared state of emergency will be immediately granted additional time to complete their CEs. If the declared state of emergency has impacted your ability to complete your CEs, you will be given until sixty days after the lifting of the state of emergency to complete your CEs for this renewal cycle.
  • Under Governor Carney’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, the Division of Professional Regulation is authorized to hold all public meetings by means of telephone conference call. Therefore, until such time that the State of Emergency is lifted, all public meetings will be conducted solely by teleconference. Members of the public are permitted to participate in meetings via telephone, and all public agendas will include the participation telephone number. [CE Dealine Exension Letter]

Florida

  • Continuing Education Continuing Education completion by distance learning. While Florida allows for a small portion of CEs to be complete by distance learning, the Board waived the in-person requirement for this renewal biennium to facilitate renewal while practicing social distancing and adhering to Florida’s state at home order.
  • Important message regarding license expiration dates: As part of the response efforts to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID- 19), Governor Ron DeSantis extended the licensure renewal expiration date until May 31, 2020 for any health care practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between March 21 and April 30, 2020. The license expiration date for Podiatric Physician/Pod Phys Limited is extended to May 31, 2020. [Latest News]

Georgia

  • TBD

Hawaii

  • TBD

Idaho

  • Continuing Education: Board's and Division are monitoring to see what actions are necessary to keep licensees working. If licensees can fulfill CE requirements via online courses, they are encouraged to do so. Individual coming up to the renewal deadline that are unable able to obtain CE may make a request of the Board; however, each request will be reviewed by the Board's per its current case-by-case process.
  • Notices:
    • All Board meetings are being conducted in the form of a conference call.
    • Licensees and registrants must conduct business via phone, internet or mail; walk-in traffic is not being permitted.
    • Hardships caused by COVID-19 are being handled on a case-by-case basis.
    • Where necessary, we are working with Boards to find work-arounds to obstacles caused by COVID-19.
    • No changes have been made to the telehealth and tele-supervision laws or rules. Licensees should follow the laws that govern their professions.

Illinois

  • CME: For the licensure period ending January 31, 2021, the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation is allowing for up to 50% of the 100 hours to be obtained by self directed non supervised study. The remaining hours can be obtained either by in person attendance or on line by an accredited credentialing body (i.e. CPME, APMA, ) where there is verification of attendance and participation of the attendee. In short, there is no limit to the number of hours that can obtained on line provided that the course content is accredited and attendance and participation can be verified.
  • Measures to Assist Licensees and Education Providers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Grants an automatic extension to September 30, 2020 for any professional licenses issued by the Department with renewal dates between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. (NOTE: Podiatry does not renew until January 31, 2021.)

Indiana

  • Secretary of State - Executive Order 20-05 (Indiana is now accepting out of state licenses, in good standing.)

Iowa

Kansas

  • CE Deadlines: The Kansas Board of Healing Arts is granting extensions for CE deadlines.
  • The Kansas Board of Healing Arts will be offering a temporary emergency license option available to any provider with a full, valid, and unrestricted license in any state, and anyone who has held a Kansas active or exempt license within the past two years, and waiving licensing fees for any such licenses.

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

  • TBD

Michigan

  • TBD

Minnesota

  • TBD

Montana

  • New Licensees/Applicants: The board recognizes that the current pandemic has created discord in the normal application, examination, and licensure process. We are striving to address these concerns and potential roadblocks as quickly as possible; however, please understand that this will not occur overnight. The board must continue its public safety mission while adapting to daily changes occurring from the pandemic. For now, applicants are encouraged to begin their application for licensure and to complete as much of the required information as possible. Applications remain valid for one (1) year under normal circumstances. If you submit your application and an item is missing, our licensing specialist will work with you to complete the application. We do not deny applicants for submitting an incomplete application. By completing the application’s remaining parts, exempting exams, etc., you can get ahead on the licensure process.
  • COVID-19 Information for Professional and Occupational Licensees
    • Providing Services During Reopening Phases
    • Important Office Closure Information
    • Emergency Healthcare Registration
    • Retired and Non-Disciplinary Terminated Licenses - Temporary Permits Available
    • Lapsed, Expired, and Inactive Status Licenses - Options
    • Telehealth Services to Montanans
    • Billing for Telehealth Services
    • Prescribing and Dispensing Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nebraska

  • TBD

Nevada

  • CMEs:The Nevada State Board of Podiatry does not prohibit online CMEs. Any questions about online CMEs should contact the office at 775-789-2605 or nvpodiatry@bop.nv.gov.

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • TBD

New York

  • Continuing Education:
    • At this time, CE requirements are not being waived. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is working closely with other New York State agencies and the Governor's Office to tackle issues relating to COVID19. Please continue to monitor the Department's website for updated guidance.
    • Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1-June 1, 2020, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, so long as it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession. SED is working closely with other New York State agencies and the Governor's Office to tackle issues relating to COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the Department's website for updated guidance.
  • New York State Education Department - COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions

North Carolina

  • CME Requirements: Due to the existence of "Certified Illness, Medical Conditions, Natural Disaster or Undue Hardship," the Board has voted to enact the waiver clause set forth in Administrative Rule 21 NCAC 52.0208(e). Accordingly, for renewals due June 30, 2020 a NC licensed podiatrist may utilize online continuing education to satisfy 100% of the CME requirements for license renewal. All of sections of the CME policy remain in effect and will be enforced. This waiver does not apply for renewals due after June 30, 2020. See the NCBPE statement for more detail.

North Dakota

  • Continuing Medical Education: Please be advised that the NDBPM has not taken any action regarding its requirements for CME at this time. Our statutes currently allow for online CME with no limit on the number of credits that can be obtained. The Board has sent out an informative email to all of its licensees reminding them that they are able to submit online CME and provided some resource links.

Ohio

  • Continuing Education:[Link]
    • Effective March 9, 2020 - March 1, 2021, State Medical Board of Ohio will suspend enforcement of CE requirements for all license renewals, including physicians.
    • This does NOT include any existing board orders and consent agreements for individual licensees. Those remedial education expectations must be met.
    • Licensees are reminded that this does not excuse the legal requirement for CE, the Board is only suspending enforcement. Licensees who do not complete their required CE by the time of their renewal will indicate that on their license renewal and enforcement will not be taken.

Oklahoma

  • TBD

Oregon

  • Continuing Education Requirements: The Oregon Medical Board will continue monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on our licensee's ability to complete continuing education courses. Please review additional continuing education information here.
  • Oregon Medical Board - Topics of Interest - COVID-19
    • Guidance During COVID-19
    • Increasing Physician/PA Workforce
    • Preserving PPE and Prohibition on Elective & Non-Urgent Procedures
    • Acupuncture Information
    • COVID-19 Emergency Response Opportunities
    • Inappropriate Hydroxychloroquine Prescribing
    • Liability Limitations & Malpractice Coverage
    • Oregon COVID-19 Webinars & Trainings
    • Telemedicine, Billing, and HIPAA
    • Public Health Reporting
    • Physician Assistant 8-Hour On-Site Supervision
    • Respiratory Therapist Licensure
    • Medical Office Closures
    • Continuing Education Requirements
    • AMA: Ethical Obligations of Physicians
    • Additional Resources

Pennsylvania

  • Continuing Education Restrictions: Some Continuing-Education Restrictions Suspended for Licensed Professional Governor Wolf granted the Department of State's request to suspend restrictions on distance-learning for continuing-education requirements for certain licensed professionals. Many licensing boards of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs have ongoing continuingeducation requirements. Although only a few boards are currently in renewal, many "in-person" continuing education programs are canceling courses or closing education centers and it is unknown how long they may be impacted.

Puerto Rico

  • TBD

Rhode Island

  • TBD

South Carolina

  • CME Requirements: The South Carolina Podiatry Board has not made any updates to our CME requirements at this time. Our licensed Podiatrists just completed their latest renewal as of December 31, 2019 and their next renewal deadline will not be until December 31, 2021. They are required to take 24 CME hours during that two year period and there are no restrictions against taking online CME courses in our state.
  • License Renewal Period Extended

South Dakota

  • TBD

Tennessee

  • TBD

Texas

  • Continuing Education:
    • The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME), accrediting body for podiatric CME providers, has updated the CPME 720 - Standards and Requirements for Approval of Providers of Continuing Education in Podiatric Medicine (PDF), effective July 1, 2020.The CPME standards define Internet Live Activity as "an online continuing educational activity available at a certain time on a certain date and available only in real-time, just as if it were a continuing educational activity held in an auditorium. Once the event has taken place, learners may no longer participate in that activity." Some examples of an internet live activity are a webinar, videoconference, or teleconference. CPME has also released guidance on COVID-19 for continuing education (PDF) in response to COVID-19 concerns regarding CME. Providers of CME, including all organizations listed in the Podiatry Continuing Medical Education Rules, can organize and present an internet live activity for CME credit. There are no limits on the amount of CME hours that can be obtained through internet live activity. Online courses that are not part of an internet live activity may be acceptable for CME self-study credit. Up to 20 hours of self-study CME may be counted towards the CME requirement.
    • TDLR is not waiving the requirements or extending the timeframe for obtaining CME at this time. However, the podiatry program rules provide for exceptions in cases of hardship as determined on an individual basis by the executive director. For more information please contact rpm.health.professions@tdlr.texas.gov.

Utah

  • CE Requirements: Temporary Suspension of 'Live' CE Requirements
    • The requirement to participate in 'live' CE hours is temporarily suspended for those with license expiration dates between now and June 17, 2020.
    • See Temporary Suspension Notice issued 3/17/2020.

Vermont

  • Vermont Board of Medical Practice - COVID-19 Licensing and Information - (scroll to) Licensing During COVID-19
    • The Board has received many inquiries about licensing flexibility during the response to the declared emergency for COVID-19. The Board recognizes the need for temporary changes to licensing processes and standards during the declared emergency and is working hard to get emergency procedures in place. However, we do not have authority to unilaterally implement changes that conflict with existing law. We are working with the General Assembly and other interested stakeholders to obtain legal authority to make changes.

Virginia

  • Virginia Board of Medicine - COVID-19 Information:
    • Out of State Licensure Exception for Practitioners Assisting in Hospitals, Licensed Nursing Facilities, or Dialysis Facilities
    • Relaxation of HIPAA
    • COVID-19 - Expedited Licensure

Washington

  • TBD

West Virginia

  • Licensure and Continuing Education To assist the West Virginia Board of Medicine in relieving regulatory burdens on practitioners who are responding to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Governor has suspended certain provisions of the Medical Practice Act to give the Board flexibility regarding license expiration and renewal during the current State of Emergency This has allowed the Board to extend the expiration date of all licenses, permits, registrations and authorizations which are scheduled to expire between now and June 30. Relatedly, renewal for all such credentials will also be extended. Renewal will begin as scheduled at 8 30 am EDT on May 6 but will be extended until 4 30 pm EDT on Sept 30 This also will apply to all PLLCs and, upon request, to any Medical Corporations which are scheduled to expire between now and June 30. Additional information will be provided via eblast to affected credential holders in April 2020. [link]
  • West Virginia Board of Medicine - COVID-19 Information Updates

Wisconsin

  • TBD

Wyoming

  • TBD
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