Emergency Management – Duration for Continuing Disaster Privileges

What is the length of time volunteer licensed independent practitioners can provide care under the disaster privileging option ?

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Volunteer Licensed Independent Practitioners that have been granted disaster privileges may continue to provide care, treatment and services under the disaster privileging option (see EM.02.02.13) for the period of time the organization continues to operate under its Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). Organizations should periodically assess the number and specialty of those volunteer practitioners initially granted disaster privileges to ensure the ongoing needs of the patient population are being met and that the medical staff can maintain oversight over practitioner performance.

If an important patient care need continues at the time the organization discontinues operation of the EOP, the medical staff could either grant temporary privileges or consider granting full privileges. 

NOTE: All Credentialing and Privileging must be consistent with applicable law, regulation and medical staff requirements.

Additional Resources:
FAQ: Emergency Management - Requirements for Granting Privileges During a Disaster
FAQ: Credentialing and Privileging - Temporary Privileges
Last updated on June 16, 2020
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: Emergency Management EM

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