Thanks to lobbying efforts from the House of Medicine, Congress took action this month. The Protecting Medicare & American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act avoided a 4% statutory cut from the PAYGO provisions, extended the moratorium on the 2% Medicare…
CMS is temporarily waiving requirements that out-of-state practitioners be licensed in the state where they are providing services when they are licensed in another state. CMS will waive the physician or non-physician practitioner licensing requirements when the following four conditions are met:
1) must be enrolled as such in the Medicare program;
2) must possess a valid license to practice in the state which relates to his or her Medicare enrollment;
3) is furnishing services – whether in person or via telehealth – in a state in which the emergency is occurring in order to contribute to relief efforts in his or her professional capacity; and,
4) is not affirmatively excluded from practice in the state or any other state that is part of the 1135 emergency area.
In addition to the statutory limitations that apply to 1135-based licensure waivers, an 1135 waiver, when granted by CMS, does not have the effect of waiving state or local licensure requirements or any requirement specified by the state or a local government as a condition for waiving its licensure requirements. Those requirements would continue to apply unless waived by the state. Therefore, in order for the physician or non-physician practitioner to avail him- or herself of the 1135 waiver under the conditions described above, the state also would have to waive its licensure requirements, either individually or categorically, for the type of practice for which the physician or non-physician practitioner is licensed in his or her home state.