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VA RIN: 2900-AQ94 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Authority of VA Professionals to Practice Health Care 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is issuing this final rule to confirm that its health care professionals may practice their health care profession consistent with the scope and requirements of their VA employment, notwithstanding any State license, registration, certification, or other requirements that unduly interfere with their practice.  Specifically, this rulemaking confirms VA’s current practice of allowing VA health care professionals to deliver health care services in a State other than the health care professional’s State of licensure, registration, certification, or other State requirement, thereby enhancing beneficiaries’ access to critical VA health care services.  This rulemaking also confirms VA’s authority to establish national standards of practice for health care professionals which will standardize a health care professional’s practice in all VA medical facilities.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 17.419   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 1701   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  11/12/2020  85 FR 71838   
Interim Final Rule Effective  11/12/2020 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  01/11/2021 
Final Action  01/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Beth Taylor
Chief Nursing Officer
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-7250