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The COVID-19 Pandemic—An Opportune Time to Update Medical Licensing

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During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many states waived requirements that physicians and other health care professionals with out-of-state licenses be licensed in the state in which they are providing services. Some states also extended this reciprocity for the provision of telehealth services. These crisis responses highlight the barriers that physician licensure procedures have created for the delivery of health care. Although state licensing requirements are largely similar across the country, most states require that physicians be separately licensed in each state in which they practice.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Samyukta Mullangi, MD, MBA, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave, New York, NY 10065 (smullangi13@gmail.com).

Published Online: January 13, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.8710

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Agrawal reported receiving payment for serving as policy advisor to Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut. Dr Schulman reported board member and shareholder relationships with Grid Therapeutics, Faculty Connection, LLC, and Reserve Therapeutics. He is also a member of the board of advisors and a shareholder with Prealize. Dr Schulman reported that he is an investor in Altitude Ventures, Inc and Excelerate Health Ventures. He reported receiving consulting fees from Novartis, Inc, Cytokinetics, Inc, Business Roundtable, Motley Rice, LLC, and Frazier Healthcare Partners and speaking fees from Health Quest, LLC and ISMIE, Inc. Dr Schulman also reported nonfinancial relationships with the Business School Alliance for Health Management (president), Civica RX (member of Advisory Board), and Health Services Research (senior associate editor).

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