16 Apr Polis issues executive order to expand health care workforce
On April 15, Governor Polis issued Executive Order 2020 038 to suspend certain statutes and rules to expand the health care workforce for hospitals and other inpatient treatment facilities due to COVID-19. Click here to read the governor’s full order.
- How does this order impact veterinarians?
- Veterinarians and a number of other licensed health care professionals are temporarily permitted to be cross trained to assist in the COVID-19 response. The order directs DORA to develop emergency rules to allow for an expansion of health care workers to assist in the COVID-19 response. The emergency rules will temporarily permit licensed health care professionals (including advanced practice nurses, certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists) to train, supervise, and delegate responsibilities to medical professionals in a number of fields, which may include veterinarians. The order additionally suspends C.R.S. § 12-315-104(14)(a), which limits the practice of veterinarians.
- What is the purpose and intent of this order?
- The intent of this order is to ensure that hospitals and inpatient health care facilities have sufficient resources and personnel to treat patients suffering from COVID-19. To respond to a potential surge of cases of respiratory illness, this order makes more professionals available to the health care workforce.
- When does this order expire?
- This order is in effect until April 30.
- Are changes to these regulations expected to stay in effect long-term?
- No. All changes (state and federal) have been indicated for the duration of this emergency only.
- Are veterinarians being asked to serve as human health care providers?
- No. CVMA is not aware of any official state request that has been made of veterinarians to serve in a human health care capacity.