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Overview of Federal COVID-19 Regulatory Changes Impacting Credentialing and Scope of Practice

    • Medicare Quality Payment Program

      As part of its effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has relaxed rules related to credentialing and scope of practice in order to expand the medical workforce.

      These are changes in Federal rules, thus waiver authority only applies to Federal requirements and the waivers do not apply to Illinois statutory or regulatory requirements for licensure or scope of practice.

      Federal emergency waivers include:

      • Allowing physicians whose privileges will expire to continue practicing at hospitals, and new physicians to be able to practice before full medical staff/governing body review and approval. CMS is also waiving rules regarding certain details of the credentialing and privileging process.

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