On April 1, 2020, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) released a waiver related to certain licensing requirements for Advance Practice Nurses (APRNs). Specifically, DHSS waived the requirement that physicians must review the non-controlled substance records of APRNs every 14 days until the COVID 19 emergency is declared to be over.
DHSS also waived the requirement that APRNs and physicians must practice together for one month with the physician continuously present, before the APRN may practice without the physician’s presence. As such, until the COVID 19 emergency is declared to be over, APRNs and physicians are free to establish a collaborative practice relationship, and permit APRNs to immediately practice without the physician’s presence, provided that all other requirements of the collaborative practice regulations are met.
The waiver letter is available at: https://www.pr.mo.gov/common/Waivers-Related-to-Advanced-Practice-Registered-Nurses-4-1-20.pdf
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Please reach out to your Lashly & Baer attorney or one of the Cross-Disciplinary Coronavirus Practice Team Attorneys if you have any questions about the information above. For additional resources view the Lashly & Baer Coronavirus Resource Page.
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