Medical Board Loosens Rules for Physician Credentialing Because of Coronavirus

Boston Globe (03/16/20) Saltzman, Jonathan

The Massachusetts state medical board has pledged to expedite the licensing of medical school graduates amid the coronavirus crisis, in case healthcare facilities need more doctors immediately. Board executive director George Zachos said it presently takes the board roughly 60 days to process an application for a license, and a new emergency provision will seek to grant the license in a few days. Physicians credentialed to work at a specific hospital also can now practice medicine at any licensed hospital Massachusetts without any additional accreditation. Board members said this would help address a potential shortfall if coronavirus exposure sickens doctors or requires their isolation.

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