This article was updated Nov. 17 to reflect an extension of the expiration date from Dec. 12 to Jan. 11, 2022.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has provided a 30-day notice that the out-of-state licensure provider exemption will no longer be in effect as of Jan. 11, 2022. The MHA worked with the state to develop this provision effective March 16, 2020, and to keep it in effect since then. This decision means healthcare providers should not rely on MCL 333.16171(c) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic beyond 11:59 p.m. Jan. 11. The clarification document from LARA reflects the Jan. 11 expiration date.
Providers working in Michigan with out-of-state licenses will not be grandfathered into compliance. To continue to support healthcare systems, LARA has agreed to assist in expediting complete license applications for individuals who have been using this provision in response to COVID-19. The department has clarified that this provision cannot be used for labor disputes in the days leading up to its expiration.
Members needing assistance with expediting complete license applications should contact Paige Fults at the MHA.