Opinion EDITORIAL Modernize Medical Licensing, and Credentialing, Too— Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic Donnie L. Bell, MD; Mitchell H. Katz, MD The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has re- leagues explain in their timely Viewpoint in this issue of JAMA vealed how ill prepared our current state licensure and indi- Internal Medicine, the requirements for obtaining a state vidual hospital credentialing procedures are to respond to a license are essentially the same (ie, graduation from medical crisis, which requires hiring school and passage of a federal licensure test) across the coun- more physicians. In the past try. Also, although there are regional differences in medical Viewpoint year, various states have care, they are not by design. The Department of Veterans been in desperate need of Affairs already accepts any valid state license to practice in any additional physicians to care of its facilities (federal laws supersede state laws) and the sys- Multimedia for critically ill patients. tem works well. Nonetheless, as detailed by Mullangi et al, Because physician licensure is by state, states had to waive this state licensure has deep roots in the tenth amendment of the requirement to hire physicians licensed in other states. In ad- Constitution,
JAMA Internal Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: Mar 13, 2021
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