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The groups are saying that the premature expiration of policies taken for pandemics can leave the patients in the lurch.
At least more than 230 healthcare and organizations have written letters to the governors across the nation. They have asked the governors to expand the telehealth licensure flexibility. The end of such flexibility can prevent their parents from seeing their physicians virtually. It can become a highly troubling matter for immunocompromised people. States need to act now to make sure that the patients can easily access the necessary care. They need to get access to care where they reside and when they require it. A diverse range of organizations has signed this letter. It includes industry representatives such as Amwell, Epic, Amazon, and Kroger. There are also the associates like HIMSS and the American Telemedicine Association, American health information management association, the national association for behavioral health. Some of the academic institutions like New York University, Cornell University, Penn State University have come forward. There are some health systems like Mayo Clinic, Mass General Brigham, Intermountain Healthcare, etc. This group had rightly noted that the licensure flexibility during the pandemic had helped the professionals to expand their scope for treatment. However, many states have started to allow the declaration of the emergency expiration for the pandemic era, even though there is a crisis. Things have been highly detrimental and disruption to the patient’s care. The providers of healthcare have to notify thousands of patients that their appointments are no longer available. The organization has asked the state governors and the legislatures to continue with the flexibility and license throughout time. They have urged the experts to implement better solutions to address all the impacts of pandemics on care. They have also asked to expand the participation in the health professional compacts. It will allow for better and mutual recognition for health professional licensure. Experts predicted the difficulties with the flexibility in state licensure at the beginning of the pandemic. Most of the federal legislation is about to protect telehealth access which is ramping up the issue. However, the state licensure compacts come with an alternative. It lets providers practice in other states without compelling them with elected officials.