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Modernize Medical Licensing, and Credentialing, Too—Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed how ill prepared our current state licensure and individual hospital credentialing procedures are to respond to a crisis, which requires hiring more physicians. In the past year, various states have been in desperate need of additional physicians to care for critically ill patients. Because physician licensure is by state, states had to waive this requirement to hire physicians licensed in other states. In addition, hospitals had to implement their disaster plans to streamline credentialing requirements to bring on additional physicians whether from in-state or out-of-state.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Mitchell H. Katz, MD, NYC Health + Hospitals, 125 Worth St, Room 514, New York, NY 10013 (mitchell.katz@nychhc.org).

Published Online: January 13, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.8705

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Bell reports discussing the development of technology to do digital credentialing with several companies. No money was earned. No other disclosures were reported.

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