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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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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 Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Council on Podiatric Medical Education, 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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information link

Topics
  • APMA Recommendations
  • Recommended Resources
    • CDC/WHO Guidance for Health-Care Professionals
    • Telehealth Resources
    • Recommendations for Clinical Practice
    • Practice, Legal, and Financial Resources
  • In the News

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questionslink

Questions
  • Should DPMs continue treating patients?
  • Should I continue with elective surgeries?
  • Does APMA have guidance about providing telehealth services?
  • How do I protect myself?
  • How will I meet continuing education requirements to maintain my license?
  • Does APMA have information for patients?
  • And more ...
Council on Podiatric Medical Education

Guidance to Colleges, Residency and Fellowship Education, and Providers of Continuing Education - (scroll to) News

Federation of State Medical Boards

States Waiving Licensure Requirements in Response to COVID-19



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NOTE: May contain information specific to MDs and DOs.


Additional information can be found on the FSMB's COVID-19 web page.
State-by-State Resources
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Alabama

Arizona

District of Columbia

Florida

Idaho

Indiana

Maryland

Massachusetts

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

Ohio

Oregon

Puerto Rico

South Dakota

Vermont

Washington

West Virginia

Wyoming

State-by-State Updates (including licensure)
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Alabama

  • Continuing Education Requirements: CME’s will be addressed at the next scheduled Board meeting and we will work with each of you to ensure you do not experience any repercussions. Thank you for your patience during this time. Stay safe and healthy!
  • Alabama Department of Public Health - News Release - March 20, 2020
  • Alabama State Board of Podiatry - Update (3/20/2020)
    • The Podiatry Board Office is closed to the public, but the staff will remain in the office answering calls and emails until informed not to by Governor Ivey. Please let us know if we can assist in any way.
  • Alabama State Board of Podiatry - COVID 19 Office/Daily Operations (3/16/2020)
    • As directed by Governor Ivey regarding COVID 19, the Board office will be closed to the public until Monday, April 6, 2020. The staff will be answering phone calls (when available) and emails so please feel free to communicate by these methods. If you need to apply for a new license, please visit the form’s section of the Board’s website. You may either apply online or print an application to submit via mail to the Board’s office.
  • Alabama State Board of Podiatry - COVID-19 Updates

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.
  • Alaska State Medical Board - Telehealth & Licensing During COVID-19 (3/18/2020)
  • Alaska State Medical Board - Mandate 005: Elective Medical Procedures (3/19/2020)

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 recommends that CMEs are obtained online.

California

  • CMEs: All 50 CMEs can be done online. If a podiatrist cannot reach the number needed by the time their license is to expire, they will be issued a waiver to give more time to get reach the number.
  • To PMBC Licensees:
    • For practice guidelines, the Podiatric Medical Board of California is following CDC recommendations for private practices.
    • Due to recommendations and guidance from local and state health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our building is closed to the public until further notice. However, our office remains open for employees during this pandemic.
    • If you need to renew your existing license, would like to apply for a new license, or make changes to your information, we strongly encourage you to log onto your Breeze account.
  • State of California Executive Department - Proclamation of a State of Emergency

Colorado

  • CMEs: No prohibitions on online CMEs.

Connecticut

  • TBD

Delaware

  • 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.

District of Columbia

Florida

  • 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.
  • Florida Office of the Governor - Executive Order Number 20-52 (Emergency Management - COVID-19 Public Health Emergency)
  • Florida Department of Health - DOH No. 20-002 (Suspension of Statues, Rules and Orders Made Necessary by COVID-19)
  • Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine - (New Coronavirus: COVID-19)

Georgia

  • In response to Governor Kemp’s recommendation that state employees work remotely, the Professional Licensing Boards Division has implemented telework options for its staff. Effective March 16, 2020 the Professional Licensing Boards Division will be closed to visitors.
  • Constituents are encouraged to utilize web resources (www.sos.ga.gov/plb/) for online transactions and to locate answers to frequently asked questions. For additional information you may contact the call center at 844-753-7825. Board inquiries may be submitted to PLB-Healthcare2@sos.ga.gov and staff members will respond as soon as possible.

Hawaii

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.
  • The Office of the Governor - COVID-19 Proclamation

Illinois

  • CME: The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation is allowing licensees to complete their continuing education coursework without requiring live attendance and permit for interactive webinar and online distance education courses in addition to currently permitted methods. Currently, this applies to licenses that renew by July 1, 2020. IDFPR will monitor any developments that include Illinois Podiatric Licenses which renew January 31, 2021.
  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Announces 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

  • In response to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on the State of Indiana, the Professional Licensing Agency will have the majority of our staff working remotely in the coming weeks. While routine operations of the agency will continue, please note that there may be disruptions or delays in the processing of your requests. Please prioritize the usage of email to communicate with our staff whenever possible and scan any documents that need to be processed. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work best to protect our staff and serve Hoosiers in these ever-changing times.
  • Secretary of State - Executive Order 20-05 (Indiana is now accepting out of state licenses, in good standing.)

Iowa

  • Continuing Education Units: Iowa is working on getting an executive order to address the CEU issue.

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.
  • The Board will be announcing additional measures in the coming days to facilitate our states capacity to emergently respond to potential spikes in the need for access to COVID-19 care in Kansas.

Kentucky

  • TBD

Louisiana

  • LSBME employees will remain working at this time but the office will be closed to visitors indefinitely.
  • State of Louisiana Executive Department - Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020
  • LA.gov - Excerpts of Physician Law or Rules Regarding Public Health Emergency
  • LA.gov - Louisiana Telehealth Access Health

Maine

  • In response to the rapidly changing health crisis, OPOR has decided for the safety of the public, our licensees and our staff to cancel all scheduled board meetings through April 30.

Maryland

  • CMEs: The extended expiration date of a license by the Governor or the extension date on accrual dates for CME's does not have an impact since all podiatric licenses in Maryland expire on 12/31/2021. CME requirements in person and online can be accrued in a 2 year window between December 1, 2019 through December 1, 2021. At this point in time, there is no need to change any requirements for podiatric licensure. Initial first time issued licenses do not require CME credits; CME credits are only required for renewal of an existing license.
  • Governor of the State of Maryland - Executive Order Authorizing Reimbursement of Audio-Only Health Care Services
  • Governor of the State of Maryland - Executive Order extending certain licenses, permits, registrations, and other governmental authorizations, and authorizing suspension of legal time requirements (3/20/2020)
    • All licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the state, its agencies or any political subdivision that would expire during the current state of emergency will be extended until at least the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted. (3/12/2020)
  • Maryland Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners - (scroll to) Board Notices

Massachusetts

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure - Due to the recent activity surrounding COVID-19 (Corona Virus), the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure ('DPL') is taking measures to reduce customer visits to our main office, located at 1000 Washington Street in Boston, MA. Although the Boston office remains open to the public, DPL is asking customers who do not have an immediate need for in-person services to delay their visit. Further, to assist with “socialdistancing” and to reduce the volume of visitors to the office, those customers who do visit the office are asked to not bring multiple individuals with them.
  • Boston Globe - Medical board (MD & DO) loosens rules for online medicine and physician credentialing because of coronavirus

Michigan

  • Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, staff in our offices will be transitioning to working remotely and unable to receive phone calls at this time. Please submit all questions to us at BPLHelp@michigan.gov and we will respond as soon as possible. Also, when given the option, we strongly encourage you to send documents needed for licensure to BPLData@michigan.gov and avoid using U.S. Mail. For disciplinary matters submit documentation or make inquiries related to disciplinary actions to BPL-Monitoring@michigan.gov.

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, as a result of health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 virus, the Division of Professional Registration and its boards, commissions, committees and offices will not accept walk-in visitors for all licensure matters. Please contact the Division of Professional Registration or your professional board office for instructions and information about all licensure matters.

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.
    • The board is continuing to monitor the pandemic and will update its website as a point of public communication.
  • Montana will begin “registering” licensees from other jurisdictions that are in good standing. Montana will require a one page form and attestation from licensees and will then verify their licenses in other jurisdictions before issuing the registration.

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

  • CMEs: The New Hampshire Board of Podiatry have given some extensions but have not implemented any changes to CMEs.
  • Due to the current State of Emergency around the COVID-19 Health Advisory, all board and licensing business is being done electronically via email at this time. Please do not call the office or any board phone numbes at this time. Please contact Sharon Canney, Sharon.Canney@oplc.nh.gov and your inquiry will be responded to as soon as possible during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

  • Continuing Education: 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.
  • The Office of the Professions (OP) continues to license nurses, doctors, physician assistants and other healthcare providers as expeditiously as possible. The State Education Department (SED) is working closely with the Governor and other state agencies as the COVID-19 emergency evolves. Guidance will be announced through these agencies and posted on its webpage.
  • Due to the COVID-19 virus and the New York State of Emergency, staff in OP are not readily available to answer all phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please use the Contact Us Form to submit licensure and registration related questions to OP. Be advised that due to the volume of phone calls and emails received, there may be a delay before staff can provide you with an answer. Please review the OP website for answers to many frequently asked questions. COVID-19 related questions may be sent to NYSED’s COVID-19 mailbox at: COVID19@nysed.gov
  • New York State Education Department - COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions
  • New York State Governor - Executive Orders

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 Carolina State Board of Podiatry Examiners - Statement on COVID-19 (3/23/2020)
  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper - Executive Orders

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.

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
    • The global spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
    • The OMB’s mission of protecting Oregonians and ensuring access to care is even more critical during this public health emergency. We are working hard to be part of the solution in this time of great need. The following COVID-19 information is provided on this webpage to assist Oregon Medical Board licensees:
      • Increasing Physician/PA Workforce
      • Preserving PPE and Prohibition on Non-Urgent Procedures
      • Oregon COVID-19 Webinar Series
      • Telemedicine, Billing, and HIPAA
      • Public Health Reporting
      • Respiratory Therapist Licensure
      • Medical Office Closures
      • Continuing Education Requirements
      • 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” continuingeducation programs are canceling courses or closing education centers and it is unknown how long they may be impacted.
  • Please be advised that the Capitol Complex, including the North Office Building and Keystone Building, and state offices at One Penn Center in Harrisburg will be closed to public visitors until further notice. We are unable to accept walk-in customers in our offices; however, we are maintaining operations through electronic communication.
  • Due to the public health risk surrounding the Coronavirus, the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is currently unable to accept phone calls. For all inquiries, please utilize the email addresses found here: Board Contact Info.
  • Due to the Disaster Declaration issued by the Governor regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the requirements related to physical presence for Board meetings have been temporarily waived by the Governor. All Board meetings remaining on the schedule will be conducted via teleconference with call information provided for the public to attend. For more information, please see the meeting notice for more information.

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.
  • South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - Important Information about Coronavirus

South Dakota

  • TBD

Tennessee

Texas

  • CMEs: The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is working on the issue and will provide updates as they are finalized.

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

Washington

  • Continuing Medical Education: The Washington State Podiatric Medical Board is aware of the CME and licensure issue, and is discussing options. More information will be forthcoming.
  • State of Washington - Office of the Governor Proclamation 20-05 (2/29/2020) - Washington State is currently under a proclaimed state of emergency.
    • The governor’s proclamation has resulted in an increase to licensure application volume for some key professions; however, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Washington Department of Health has closed their Customer Service Counter to decrease the risk of spreading the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Individuals and/or applicants can call 360-236-4700 or email hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov and a customer service representative will provide detailed instructions.
  • DOH has a website with directions on how to apply for a credential through online services. If the individual meets the criteria below, they would not be able to use the online services and would need to submit their application by paper (the list of regulated health professions can be found here):
    • The individual previously applied for a license in Washington State and the application was closed as incomplete. Closed applications can be checked on the Department of Health’s Provider Credential Search.
    • The individual doesn’t have sufficient information in the public record to verify their identity.
    • The individual is applying for reactivation of a previous license.
    • A completed paper application and required fee should be submitted to: Department of Health, PO Box 1099, Olympia, WA 98507-1099

West Virginia

  • Licensure and Continuing Education: The Board recognizes the need to facilitate the influx of available practitioners into West Virginia, and is taking efforts to ensure that this occurs as rapidly as possible. To that end, the Board is working to streamline the licensure approval process for COVID-19 providers and to maximize practice authorizations for physician assistants. The Board recognizes that COVD-19 response measures have resulted in the cancellation of many Continuing Medical Education conferences. The Board will be reviewing the renewal CME requirements prior to the upcoming renewal cycle, and will address the issue in advance of 2020 renewal.
  • To protect the public and our employees, effective March 18, 2020 and until further notice, the West Virginia Board of Medicine Office will be closed to the public. Board staff are available to assist you via telephone at (304) 558-2921.
  • West Virginia Board of Medicine - COVID-19 Information Updates

Wisconsin

  • All DSPS walk-up counters are closed until further? notice. Customers are encouraged to submit forms, applications, and requests online. The Hill Farms Office Building, which houses the DSPS service counter, remains otherwise open to the public as of March 18, 2020.

Wyoming

  • TBD
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