January 14, 2022
Yesterday the Kansas House Judiciary Committee introduced HB 2477 and announced it would hold a hearing on the bill on Thursday, January 13th at 3:30pm.
If enacted, the bill would extend EO 22-01 and EO 22-02 implemented by Gov. Kelly in response to a declaration of emergency surrounding COVID. The Orders would renew provisions of law earlier implemented during the COVID pandemic that expanded practice of certain healthcare professionals, suspend certain licensure requirements, and other requirements of adult care homes. The provisions would be implemented upon publication in the Register and expire on May 15th.
Of these changes, provisions I would draw to your attention include...
- authorizing a medical student, physical therapist or medical emergency provider to work within a facility as a respiratory therapist extender;
- authorizing a professional licensed in good standing in another state to practice in Kansas subject to such profession being licensed in Kansas;
- authorizing a facility to use personnel affiliated with another designated healthcare facility as if they were affiliated with the facility; and
- suspending certain requirements for healthcare professionals whose license has lapsed in the last five years to renew their license.