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Scope of Practice

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, states have taken measures to alleviate the occupational licensure policy burdens that impede state response efforts and which are counterintuitive to social distancing practices. The following information presents a collection of policy actions states have implemented to expand the scope of practice of practitioners.

Given the increased healthcare workforce demands imposed by COVID-19, many states have expanded the authority of practitioners to augment the availability of services. These modifications to a scope of practice allow licensed practitioners to perform services not typically included in the state’s practice act.

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The executive orders, administrative orders and legislation included in this web resource represent a sample of the actions states have enacted in response to COVID-19. Therefore, this resource is not intended to be represented as an exhaustive list of state actions, but rather used to review the variances in strategies states have implemented through occupational licensing policy to effectuate response efforts. The descriptions of the policy actions have been summarized to include relevant detail but should be viewed in full for their entire context. CSG will continue to update the list of policy actions throughout the duration of the state public health emergency response and recovery efforts.