COVID-19 License Information & Other Resources

COVID-19 License Information & Other Resources

The Novel Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) has presented each of us with unparalleled challenges.

Our licensed osteopathic physicians and physician assistants are providing care to the citizens of Maine while Board staff continues its work. We are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety and good health of everyone.  If you must visit the office, please reach first as we are working remotely when possible.  Electronic submission of documents is encouraged whenever possible.

Staff is most readily available via e-mail (osteo.pfr@maine.gov or susan.e.strout@mane.gov).  The office phone is 207/287-2480; alternate phone is 207/446-4205 (Board cell).  If no answer, please leave a message which will be returned as soon as possible.  

Please review the Executive Order (PDF) signed by Governor Janet T. Mills on March 20, 2020 regarding licensure here in Maine during the public health emergency.   We have worked closely with the Office of the Attorney General, Commissioner Anne Head (Department of Professional & Financial Regulation with which the Board is affiliated) and the Governor’s Office to implement the following, based on that order.  Again, please review the entire Order as the following is only a brief synopsis of the implementation):

 Accelerated licensure (no associated fee) of qualified physicians to assist in the health care response to COVID-19;

Accelerated licensure (no associated fee) of qualified physician assistants to assist in the health care response to COVID-19;

Physician and physician assistant renewals are extended until 30 days following the expiration of the March 20, 2020 Proclamation;

Suspension, during the public health emergency, of the mandatory supervisory or collaborative practice requirements for qualified physician assistants who are assisting or will assist with the health care response to COVID-19;

Suspension of laws and/or rules related to state medical record privacy and HIPAA that might interfere with the use of telemedicine and/or telehealth technology.

Please submit your 1-page application via e-mail to: osteo.pfr@maine.gov or susan.e.strout@maine.gov.

 Questions?  Please call the Board office at (207) 446-4205 or (207) 287-2480.

Resources: 

Joint Statement of the Licensing Boards regarding Prescribing of Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin

Joint Statement of the Licensing Boards re Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin

CDC COVID-19 Updates:

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

Maine Responds Emergency Health Volunteer System: 

https://maineresponds.org/

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP):

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/phep 

Department of Health & Human Services:

Emergency Rules pursuant to the public health emergency can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oms/rules/emergency.shtml#anchor2225289.

Federal: From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet can be found at:  https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet.