Former IL healthcare workers encouraged to come back into practice to help with COVID-19 pandemic

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CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Monday announced several actions to increase the number of healthcare professionals to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IDFPR has issued a proclamation to allow out-of-state physicians, nurses, physician assistants and respiratory care therapists to provide care to Illinois residents affected by COVID-19.

Also, Illinois physicians, nurses, physician assistants and respiratory care therapists whose license status is inactive, non-renewed or expired have the opportunity to restore their licenses temporarily during the outbreak.

“In anticipation of an increased need of healthcare providers during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Department is restoring licensees who fulfill certain criteria in order to work under the direction of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health,”  Deborah Hagan, Secretary of the Department said. “The State of Illinois has many very qualified health care professionals throughout the State that we are encouraging to come back into practice to assist with the impact of COVID-19. Illinois is the home of world-class medical providers who can provide critical care at this time. We are committed to doing our part in the State’s concerted effort to reduce COVID-19’s impact on the State of Illinois.” 

Specifically, physicians whose licenses are expired or inactive for less than three years can temporarily restore their license, for no fee or continuing education requirement, to work under the direction of Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health or in a long-term care facility, hospital, or federally qualified health center.

Physician Assistants whose licenses are inactive or in non-renewed status for less than three years can also temporarily restore their license, for no fee or continuing education requirement, to work under the direction of IEMA and IDPH or in a long-term care facility, hospital, or FQHC.

Finally, licensed practical nurses, registered professional nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and respiratory care therapists whose licenses are inactive or in non-renewed status for less than five years can also temporarily restore their license, for no fee or continuing education requirement, to work under the direction of IEMA and IDPH or in a long-term care facility, hospital, or FQHC.

Out-of-State physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and respiratory care therapists may practice in Illinois if they are licensed in another state and are in good standing. These licensees must be operating under the authority of IEMA/IDPH or at a long-term care facility, hospital or FQHC, and must meet the standards of care mandated by the respective health care acts. They must provide contact information and dates of arrival and departure on forms provided by IDFPR. This temporary practice approval expires on September 30, 2020.

Applications are available online at IDFPR’s website:

• Health Care License Reinstatement: https://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/Forms/F2396.pdf

• Physician License Reinstatement:  https://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/Forms/F2397.pdf

• Out of State Temporary Practice Permit:  https://www.idfpr.com/Renewals/Apply/Forms/F2398.pdf

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