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Although the Capitol Complex is open to the public the Department of State is not open for visitors to enter NOB offices. Those constituents who wish to drop of materials for the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations or the Bureau of Elections should be advised to utilize the drop box across the street at the entrance of the Keystone Complex. Those with questions can be provided with the following phone number: 717-783-3945 and their call will be forwarded to the appropriate agency.

Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs staff are continuing to process applications as quickly as possible during this emergency. In order to increase the number of health care providers to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, the Governor has suspended certain licensing provisions. Due to the public health risk surrounding the Coronavirus, we are currently unable to accept walk-in customers and phone calls. For all inquiries, please utilize the email addresses found on the Board Contact Information webpage.

The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.

For more details visit:

Athletic Trainers - Expansion of Scope of Practice to Provide Assistance in Responding to COVID-19 (PDF)

Temporary Emergency Physician (PDF)

PERFUSIONIST EMERGENCY TEMPORARY LICENSE.pdf

EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST.pdf

EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL RESPIRATORY THERAPIST.pdf

EMERGENCY PROVISIONAL NURSE MIDWIFE (PDF)

Targeted Distribution of PPE

On April 8, 2020, Governor Wolf Signed an order to provide targeted distribution of COVID-19 PPE and supplies to hospitals. The order requires private, public and quasi-public health care providers and facilities submit current inventory quantities of PPE, pharmaceuticals and other medical resources to PEMA by April 16, 2020. The survey link can be accessed here.

Additionally, a FAQ regarding this topic can be found here

Coronavirus Information

Physician Assistants licensed under SBOM should refer to this emergency services provision

Obstetricians, please find a letter from Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on providing obstetric care during COVID-19 here

Renwal deadline extension for GMTs

Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Information for telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency. 

Telehealth behavioral health services to Medical Assistance beneficiaries information:OMHSAS-COVID-19-Telehealth-Expansion.pdf

Message from DEA regarding COVID-19 (PDF)

Suggestion for Board of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine for Prescribers:

In response to COVID-19 and potential shortages of medications that may be effective against the virus such as hydroxychloroquine, prescribers should include the patient's diagnosis on the prescription. If written for a COVID-19 diagnosis, the diagnosis has been confirmed by a positive test result and documented on the prescription. Smaller quantities of hydroxychloroquine should be prescribed for COVID-19 patients when appropriate to prevent potential shortages.  

Persons of all backgrounds interested in helping during Pennsylvania’s time of need are welcome to sign up at the State Emergency Registry for Volunteers in PA

State Board of Medicine

State Board of Medicine Licensure Guide & Timeline

The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from the State Board of Medicine (Board) is calling licensees about the status of their license.  The scammer asks for credit card information.  Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money, but also can become a victim of identity theft.

Licensees are urged to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft:

  • BPOA and/or Board will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone.

  • If you get a text message or call asking for your credit card information, hang up.

  • Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.

  • If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police.

 
The State Board of Medicine regulates the practice of medicine through the licensure, registration and certification of members of the medical profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Board regulates medical doctors; physician assistants; radiology technicians; respiratory therapists; nurse-midwives; acupuncturists; practitioners of oriental medicine; perfusionists; behavioral specialists; and athletic trainers.  The Board also has authority take disciplinary or corrective action against individuals it regulates.
 
The Board periodically reviews the character of the instruction and the facilities possessed by each of the medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth.  The Board also reviews the facilities and qualifications of medical colleges and other medical facilities outside the Commonwealth whose trainees or graduates desire to obtain licensure, certification or graduate medical training in the Commonwealth.
 
 
Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.