The Texas Medical Board issued guidelines for the issuing of emergency licenses for physician applicants. There are two types of emergency licenses that have been developed. The first physician license type allows for hospital to hospital credentialing. The second physician license type is an emergency license that allows an applicant, who is supervised by a licensed Texas physician, to gain a license for 30 days or until the end of the Governor’s emergency declaration.
I have pasted into this post the information on the two license types, but you can easily find these on the Texas Medical Board’s website www.tmb.state.tx.us
COVID-19 Disaster Licensing for Out-of-State Providers
Pursuant to Title 22, Chapter 172.20 and 172.21 of the Texas Administrative Code, the Texas Medical Board will allow out-of-state physicians to obtain a Texas limited emergency license or hospital-to-hospital credentialing for no more than thirty (30) days from the date the physician is licensed or until the disaster declaration has been withdrawn or ended, whichever is longer. Other types of out of state health care professionals regulated by TMB may also receive a temporary license under these rules.
A physician who holds a full, unlimited and unrestricted license to practice medicine in another U.S. state, territory or district and has unrestricted hospital credentials and privileges in any U.S. state, territory or district may practice medicine at a hospital that is licensed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission upon the following terms and conditions being met:
(A) the licensed Texas hospital shall verify all physician credentials and privileges;
(B) the licensed Texas hospital shall keep a list of all physicians coming to practice and shall provide this list to the Board within ten (10) days of each physician starting practice at the licensed Texas hospital; and
(C) the licensed Texas hospital shall also provide the Board a list of when each physician has stopped practicing medicine in Texas under this section within ten (10) days after each physician has stopped practicing medicine under this section.
Hospitals can e-mail the required provider information to: TMBtransition@tmb.state.tx.us
Limited Emergency License
A practitioner who holds a full, unlimited and unrestricted license to practice in another U.S. state, territory or district may qualify for a limited emergency license upon the following conditions being met:
(A) the Texas sponsoring physician must complete a limited emergency license application; and
(B) the Board shall verify that the practitioner holds a full, unlimited and unrestricted license to practice in another U.S. state, territory or district.
(c) The Board may limit the sponsored practitioner’s practice locale and scope of practice.
(d) The Texas sponsoring physician shall be considered the supervising physician for the sponsored practitioner.
(e) The Board shall have jurisdiction over all practitioners practicing under this subchapter for all purposes set forth in or related to Texas Occupations Code, and all other applicable state and federal laws, and such jurisdiction shall continue in effect even after any and all practitioners have stopped practicing under this section related to providing medical services in Texas during the disaster or emergency.
(f) A practitioner license issued under this subchapter shall be valid for no more than thirty (30) days from the date the practitioner is licensed or until the emergency or disaster declaration has been withdrawn or ended, whichever is longer.
(g) Practitioners holding limited emergency licenses under this subchapter shall not receive any compensation outside of their usual compensation for the provision of medical services during a disaster or emergency.
Required Forms to Be Filled Out By Texas Sponsoring Physician:
To expedite processing, please e-mail the completed form and any supporting documents to: TMBtransition@tmb.state.tx.us