The Effects of COVID-19 on Our Industry

It seems like right about now, just about everything in our lives has some sort of interruption–from laundromats, to restaurants, to background screening companies. We’re all feeling the effects of COVID-19. 

Typhoon Data has been making sure to stay aware of any interruptions this may cause for us and our partners. And, we’re happy to report, there aren’t many. 

What we’ve found is that many state boards are closed to the public, many others are available by appointment only, and others are processing applications from home. The effects of these closures are felt mostly by the providers trying to receive licensure. The boards understand that. That is why just about every state (with very minimal exceptions) is allowing emergency licenses to be issued with less waiting time, as well as extending expiration dates for 3-6 months. To review a full list of these waivers, please go here. In addition, the CMS has released several “blanket waivers” giving more healthcare providers the ability to treat patients to the fullest extent of their license. View more details about this blanket waiver here

All states are still having hearings and releasing actions for major issues, while allowing the smaller, non-status affecting issues (i.e., fines, citations, etc.) to wait for later. The boards are still working, but most are working on a skeleton staff, because of this, it’s harder to renew licenses in a timely manner. That’s why they are leaning on extensions of license expirations. 

More good news is that our processing times are not being affected. The boards are still releasing board actions, they are still updating licenses so we can have the most up-to-date view. Most license check sources are still available for license checks, with the exception of Puerto Rico. 

We’ll be here, continuing to keep our eyes open for interruptions in our normal work flow during this time of great distress for our country. Whether you’re on day 14 or 42 of Quarantine/Social Distancing/a brave new world, we’re with you. Reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or quandaries. We’ll be happy to hear from you. 

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