Gov. Murphy Signs Executive Order Expanding Health Care Licensure in New Jersey

On April 1, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 112, authorizing the Director of Consumer Affairs (“Director”) to reactivate the licenses of recently retired health care professionals temporarily.  The Executive Order applies to healthcare professionals who retired within the last five (5) years.  Additionally, the Executive Order allows the Director to grant licenses to foreign doctors, who are licensed in a foreign jurisdiction, temporarily. 

The State of New Jersey is acting aggressively to build out the State’s health care capabilities, as this new order comes on the heels of previous moves waiving rules for out-of-state providers and graduating 192 Rutgers New Jersey Medical School students a month early.

Additionally, the Executive Order waives scope-of-practice requirements for Advanced-Practice nurses as well as physician assistants.  These waivers will allow certain nurses and physician assistants to practice without the supervision of a doctor and loosens the restrictions on how these professionals are permitted to prescribe.

New Jersey is allowing for more healthcare providers to practice in this State, free from many of the restrictions that the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners and New Jersey State Board of Nursing usually places on its licensees. 

How Frier Levitt Can Help

Despite the new Executive Order, however, licensees must ensure that they remain in compliance with all Board regulations.  If you have questions or concerns about the new Executive Order or any other inquiry that relates to the different professional licensing boards, contact an attorney at Frier Levitt today.

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