Recently, Governor Pritzker took proactive steps to protect Illinoisans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. His executive order rolled back regulations by expanding the definition of telemedicine services to include telephone, email, text messages and fax, and to allow patients to receive telehealth services in any setting, including the home.
Further, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation scaled back regulations to allow health care practitioners licensed in another state to receive temporary licensure to practice in Illinois, and to allow Illinois health care practitioners with an expired license to receive a temporary license to practice in Illinois.
While this is a great first step, Governor Pritzker and lawmakers should continue to cut red tape by making the following reforms permanent:
- Waive supervision requirements for APRNs and PAs.
- Waive CON requirements for acute hospital beds, ambulatory surgery centers, and nursing home beds/long-term care beds.
- Allow health care practitioners licensed in another state to practice in Illinois without an Illinois license.
- Allow Illinois health practitioners with an expired or lapsed Illinois license, registration, or certification to deliver health care.
- Allow providers to deliver remote patient monitoring telehealth.
These permanent solutions would be a huge step to giving Illinois residents access to the quality health care they deserve.
Urge Gov. Pritzker to consider these reforms for a safer, healthier Illinois!