“Impact Of The New Jersey COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Reciprocity Licensure Program On Health Care Workforce Supply” published in Health Affairs.
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Impact of emergency workforce licensing in New Jersey during COVID-19.
In March 2020 New Jersey enacted the COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Reciprocity Licensure program, allowing more than 31,000 out-of-state licensed practitioners to continue providing telehealth or in-person services to New Jersey patients. In January 2021 Ann Nguyen of Rutgers University and coauthors surveyed these providers to understand who used these licenses and what kind of care was provided. The 10,449 respondents originated from every state in the US, provided both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19-related care, served a combination of new and existing patients, and conversed with patients in at least thirty-six languages. Much of that care was delivered via telehealth, particularly from mental health providers (83 percent of respondents), physicians (64 percent), and nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants (51 percent). Although at least forty-five states have enacted some form of temporary licensure waiver since the beginning of the pandemic, this study is believed to be the first to report data from a state temporary licensure waiver.