Eric Holcomb has issued several executive orders that will help Indiana increase access to health care and combat COVID-19.
He has expanded telemedicine by removing the face-to-face requirement between physicians and patients.
This will reduce the burden on Indiana’s health system, improve access to health care and increase social distancing.
Additionally, he has relaxed licensing restrictions on out-of-state health care workers, allowing more medical professionals to work in Indiana. This will help more residents get the care they need.
There are further steps that Gov. Holcomb can take to fight COVID-19. He could issue an executive order to further loosen restrictions on telemedicine by allowing out-of-state providers to deliver telemedicine in Indiana.
He could also waive some scope-of-practice requirements, such as the mandate that nurse practitioners must work with physician supervision. This would allow more health care professionals to deliver more care to those in need, in the hospital and at patients’ homes.
Thank Gov. Holcomb for his swift actions on COVID-19 and encourage him to undertake further reforms.