Governor Abbott ends Covid 19 license

On June 15, 2023 Governor Greg Abbott ended the Covid 19 waivers related to physicians. The Texas Medical Board will be working to notify those physicians holding such temporary licenses that within the next 30 days they will need to make other arrangements regarding their continued practice in Texas. Below you will find the Texas Medical Board’s press release. Please call G&M Consulting at 888-400-1580 if you have questions or concerns regarding your eligibility to practice in Texas.

Statewide COVID-19 Disaster Expiration

Governor Abbott’s statewide disaster declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic expired on June 15, 2023. As a result, ALL rule waivers are no longer active as of this date. 

Emergency Visiting Physician Temporary Permits will remain in effect for an additional 30 days after the termination of the disaster declaration to allow permit holders and health care entities to properly plan. Therefore, current authorized Emergency VPTPs, and any emergency reactivations for retired or cancelled licenses, will terminate on July 14, 2023, and permit holders who do not have an active permit or license with the Board must cease practice in Texas. 

The following additional rule waivers are no longer in effect as of 6/15/2023: 

  • Telemedicine Waiver: allowed providers to establish a physician-patient relationship via telephone (audio-only) and enabled phone consults to diagnose, treat, order tests, and prescribe. 
  • Limits on Number of Delegates: waived the delegate limit of seven PAs or APRNs that a physician could supervise and delegate to regardless of location or setting. 
  • PITs: allowed Texas hospitals and facilities associated with Graduate Medical Education (GME) training programs to be able to utilize Physician in Training (PIT) permit holders in areas outside of their GME training program to respond to COVID-19. 

Denise L. Meyer