RD468 - Report on Reciprocal Licensing Agreements with Contiguous States for Doctors of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners – October 2020

Executive Summary:

The 2020 Session of the General Assembly passed SB757 with Senator Favola as the patron and HB1701 with Delegate Tran as the patron. The text of the two § 1 bills was identical with the following text relevant to this report:

2. § 1. That the Department of Health Professions shall pursue the establishment of reciprocal agreements with states that are contiguous with the Commonwealth for the licensure of doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathic medicine, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Reciprocal agreements shall only require that a person hold a current, unrestricted license in the other jurisdiction and that no grounds exist for denial based on § 54.1-2915 of the Code of Virginia. The Department of Health Professions shall report on its progress in establishing such agreements to the Senate Committee on Education and Health and the House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions by November 1, 2020.

The pursuit of reciprocal agreements for the licensure of doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathic medicine, and physician assistants was undertaken by William Harp, MD, Executive Director for the Board of Medicine. The pursuit of reciprocal agreement for the licensure of nurse practitioners was undertaken by Jay Douglas, Executive Director of the Board of Nursing.

Virginia's contiguous states are North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland, and for purposes of this report, the District of Columbia was included as a contiguous jurisdiction.