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VA RIN: 2900-AQ06 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: ●Authority of Health Care Providers to Practice 

To continue to provide high quality health care to veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations to allow VA health care providers who are licensed, registered, or certified in "a State" to practice their medical specialty in any State when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment, regardless of individual State licensure, registration, or certification restrictions, except for applicable State restrictions on the authority to prescribe and administer controlled substances.  Through this rulemaking, health care providers would be able to provide health care services across State lines and in States where they do not hold a license, registration, or certification, which will increase VA’s capacity to use its current medical resources in varied health care delivery modalities, particularly through telehealth, increasing the number of patient encounters and increasing access to VA health care.  This rule will allow VA health care providers to practice in accordance with their competencies, as reflected by their clinical privileges or scope of practice.  In this rulemaking, VA will exercise Federal preemption of State licensure, registration, and certification laws only to the extent such State laws conflict with the health care provider’s ability to practice across state lines while acting within the scope of their VA employment.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 FR 17.412    38 FR 17.417   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501    38 U.S.C. 1701 (note)    38 U.S.C. 1709A    38 U.S.C. 1712A (note)    38 U.S.C. 1722B    38 U.S.C. 7301    38 U.S.C. 7330A    38 U.S.C. 7401 to 7403    38 U.S.C. 7406 (note)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kevin Galpin
Executive Director Telehealth
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW., Room 976,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:404 550-1354