To address Indiana’s ongoing healthcare needs, Governor Holcomb recently incorporated the emergency healthcare registry into law with his signature of House Bill 1003 from the 2022 legislative session. Under this new law, the healthcare registry is extended through the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This declaration must be updated every 90 days, and was last updated on January 14, 2022.
The healthcare registry is administered by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA). PLA anticipates the emergency registry will remain valid until at least June 13, 2022.
The Temporary Health Care Provider Registry covers:
- Out-of-State Health Care Providers: All health care providers who hold a valid license to practice in another state may utilize the registry. Their license to practice must be currently active. Their license to practice must be similar to the practice they will be providing in the State of Indiana, and they must attest that their license has not been revoked or
- Retired Health Care Professionals: Any health care professional, whether in-state or out-of- state, who had an active license in a health care field in the past five (5) years may utilize the registry. Their recent license to practice must be similar to the practice they will be providing in the State of Indiana, and they must attest that their license was not revoked or
- Current or Recently Graduated Medical Students: If a medical student is in their last semester of, or has graduated in the past ninety (90) days from, a four (4) year program from an accredited medical school, they may utilize the registry and be granted a temporary, limited scope license which allows them to practice under the direct supervision of a licensed
- Recent Graduates of Nursing, Physician Assistant, or Respiratory Care Programs: All recent graduates of an accredited nursing, physician assistant, or respiratory care program should submit their initial application for full licensure with IPLA and provide a copy of their Certificate of Completion of the program. The applicant must have a pending licensure application in order to utilize and be included on the
An individual who utilizes the registry may obtain temporary authorization to provide health care services in Indiana for an initial period of 90 days, which may then be renewed for 30-day increments. Once the public health emergency expires or is otherwise withdrawn, the temporary licenses issued will expire, and all existing application procedures must be followed, such as taking the appropriate licensure exam and passing a criminal background check.
IPLA’s COVID-19 Temporary Health Care Provider Registry can be found here .