WMC Statement on Proclamation 20-05 relating to MD Limited Licenses
On March 26, Governor Inslee issued an additional proclamation addressing potential regulatory barriers to pandemic response during the COVID-19 crisis in Washington State. The order is in effect for 30 days unless extended by act of the legislature. The amended proclamation 20-32 can be found here.
Section ‘D’ of the proclamation addresses those with limited licenses licensed under RCW 18.71.095 and the corresponding Osteopathic statute of RCW 18.57.035. These statutes relate to licensing resident or in-training physicians, fellows, teaching and research, local health jurisdiction, institutional, DSHS, and DOC physician appointments. These license types are typically restricted to the geographic location or specific job described in the appointment.
Governor Inslee has removed the geographic and employment restrictions effective March 26, 2020 and expires until April 26, 2020. Physicians with these license types may be utilized in any setting of medicine in which they are competent and safe to practice as agreed to by the physician and their employer.