COVID-19 Information

​​​Out of State Registry for Inpatient Hospital Services and Skilled ​Nursing ​Care​

On March 6, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-215, declaring a state of emergency regarding COVID-19, a strain of coronavirus not previously identified in humans and easily spread from person to person causing illness that can range from very mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. In August 2021, after fighting the COVID-19 virus for well over a year, the public became faced with a new threat, the Delta variant of COVID-19.  The Delta variant is nearly twice as contagious as previous COVID-19 variants, and has resulted in a surge of hospitalizations stressing our Commonwealth's health care systems.
On August 18, 2021, the Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services activated its operation of the emergency system for advanced registration of volunteer health practitioners, pursuant to KRS 39A.356, and thereby directed the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to accept and review licenses for volunteer health practitioners, who will be limited to only performing services necessary to support COVID-19 response efforts in inpatient hospital and skilled nursing care settings.

MDs/DOs/PA-Cs not already licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, may register to practice within Kentucky during this state of emergency as follows:

  • Complete and submit the Emergency System Application for Health Practitioner provided on the Board's website
  • No fee is required for this type of registration

Once your application is received and this Board has verified that you are licensed and in good standing in other state(s), you will be sent a written letter stating your enrollment on the registry limited to performing services necessary to support COVID-19 response efforts in inpatient hospital and skilled nursing care settings within the Commonwealth of Kentucky during the state of emergency. 

       Emergency System Application for Health Practitioners