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TEMPORARY REGISTRATION OF OUT-OF-STATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROVIDE TELEHEALTH SERVICES TO PATIENTS IN KENTUCKY DURING THE COVID-19 DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

On March 6, 2020, Governor Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-215, declaring a state of emergency regarding COVID-19, a respiratory disease causing illness that can range from very mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. On March 30, 2020, Governor Beshear signed Senate Bill 150 (SB 150), an act relating to the state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and declaring an emergency.  Regarding telehealth services by out-of-state health care providers with a patient in this state, Section 1(4) of SB 150 provides:

 

Section 1. Notwithstanding any state law to the contrary, during the state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to COVID-19 on March 6, 2020, by Executive Order 2020-215:

(4) Unless specifically prohibited or limited by federal law, a health care provider who establishes a provider-patient relationship, regardless of whether or not the telehealth provider has previously conducted an in-person examination or consultation or is conducting a new patient examination or consultation, with a patient in this state may remotely provide health care services to a patient through the use of telemedicine at an appropriate site for both the provider and patient and in compliance with HIPAA. Such provider must have an active unencumbered license for a health care profession which is issued by another state, the District of Columbia, or a possession or territory of the United States and have never been subject to discipline by a licensing agency in any state or federal jurisdiction and never had their license or permit for controlled substances suspended or revoked. Such providers must register with the relevant state agency and only offer clinically appropriate, medically necessary services. An insurer, as defined under KRS 304.17A-005, shall provide coverage for such services that are rendered to insureds in this state and the reimbursement rates for the service shall not be more than for the same services delivered in-person as provided under KRS 304.17A-138 and shall be determined between insurers and providers;

The full text of SB 150 is available at the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Executive Journal website, http://web.sos.ky.gov/execjournal/enactedlegislation.aspx.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

To temporarily register pursuant to SB 150 with an occupational licensure board (herein “board”) administered by the Department of Professional Licensing (herein “DPL”) of the Public Protection Cabinet, please note:

1.   This registration only applies to telehealth services, and does not allow you to provide any other services.

2.   The registration with DPL is only for health care providers whose scope of practice requires licensure by the following Boards: Alcohol & Drug Counselors; Applied Behavioral Analysts; Chiropractic Examiners; Diabetes Educators; Dietitians & Nutritionists; Durable Medical Equipment; Hearing Instruments Specialists; Marriage and Family Therapists; Massage Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Ophthalmic Dispensers; Pastoral Counselors; Podiatry; Professional Art Therapists; Professional Counselors; Prosthetics, Orthotics & Pedorthics; Psychology [except that a person licensed to practice psychology in another jurisdiction who has registered or wants to register with the board per the separate notification process in regulation 201 KAR 26:215 regarding a declared disaster should contact that board’s administrator to use that process]; Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology.

3.   The registration with DPL is NOT A LICENSE, and shall not substitute for the requirements of applicable Kentucky law and administrative regulations to obtain a license from one of the listed boards. Further, the registration is NOT A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

4.   The registration expires immediately when the referenced state of emergency has ceased, at which point a registrant must immediately cease providing the telehealth services.

5.   To register, please visit the following site: https://oop.ky.gov/DPLServices/NewApp/Welcome.aspx. You will be required to upload the following: 1) a signed and notarized affidavit, that can be found here; and 2) a copy of your active license.

(If you would like to request a paper copy of the application process, please request so by emailing dmes@ky.gov, then complete the Application and Affidavit and submit scanned copies by email to dmes@ky.gov or send the originals by mail to Department of Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 1360, Frankfort, KY 40602. Do not submit any documents by fax. Please note: This process is slower than applying online.)

6.   No fee is required for this temporary registration.

7.   After we receive your application, we will communicate with you regarding the status of the application.

8.   You are NOT registered until you receive a communication from us stating that you are temporarily registered.​ 



​Please send regular mail to P.O. Box 1360, Frankfort, KY 40602.


The Kentucky Board of Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers (KBDMES), was created July 15, 2016.  The Board will issue licenses and renewals under the Public Protection Cabinet's Department for Professional Licensing (DPL).  
 
The purpose of the Board of Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public.  It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equity.  The board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutire by due process any violators of KRS 309.  

  
 
Do you need to find a licensed person with the Kentucky Board of Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers?
 
You can now search the Active License Directory located here that will allow you to search for a licensed individual by Board, License Type, Region and/or County.
 
In addition, you can verify a license by clicking here.
 
*Please note: Licensees have the option to publicize information or leave it unavailable. The Office of Occupations and Professions believes this information will be useful and serve public protection.
 
 
  
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATED TO LICENSURE
  1. $350 Renewal Fee  - covers two-year licensing period unless you change ownership or premise/location.
  2. Proof of an approved CMS Accreditation Certificate - must be attached or uploaded with the application.  The expiration of the accreditation must exceed September 30th of the application year.  Any application without a valid accreditation will not be issued until such valid accreditation is received.
  3. Applications without valid Accreditation shall be subject to an inspection and the cost of said inspection will be the responsibility of the applicant and must be paid prior to the inspection to the KBDMES.  Cost is $350 per inspection.  Failure to meet an inspector will result in additional inspection fee and forfeiture of the original inspection fee.  The license shall not be issued until successful completion of the inspection under KRS 309 and KAR 201 47:010 and 47:020.
  4. New License Number will be issued for every license.  Your current HME-00000 number will be shown on your certificate, card or online verification page at O&P and will be called your LEGACY LICENSE NUMBER.  It will show status identical to your new number.  O&P will, if necessary, provide you with a letter stating it is valid, current and reflects the status of your new license number.  In your eService Account you will be able to print off your required business certificate.
  5. Change of Ownership or Location/Premise - now requires immediate notification and new application under KRS 309 and must include a new $350 fee.  The licensing period starts anew, meaning you may have greater than a twenty four month licensing period and the new renewal date will be reflected online and in the system. 
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