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The Board of Osteopathic Medicine was established in 1923 by legislative action under the signature of Governor, Ephraim F. Morgan. One of the first board meetings was held in the Daniel Boone Hotel in Charleston, WV where the board office is currently located.

West Virginia is one of fourteen states that has both an allopathic and an osteopathic licensing board.

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West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine COVID-19 Update

In response to the national public health emergency associated with the COVID-19 virus, the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine is issuing the following information and reminders. Additional information, as it becomes available, will be available on our website.

Communicating with the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine during the COVID-19 emergency

The Board is taking all necessary steps to ensure that it can continue to serve its licensees and the public in the event of a quarantine. To that end, the Board asks that, to the extent possible, the public and licensees use email as the primary means of contacting the Board. The Board will continue checking all other forms of communication, including mail and voicemail, but there may be a delay in responding to communication sent using those mediums. The Board’s email address is: wvbdosteo@wv.gov.

Licensees:  Please keep the Board apprised of your current contact information! The Board’s primary means of communicating news and general information to licensees is the email address you have provided to the Board.

Thank you for your help and understanding while we respond to the situation as it proceeds.

Applications for Emergency Temporary Permit for DOs and PAs

To maximize the number of healthcare providers available during the State of Emergency declared by Governor Jim Justice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has developed procedures for emergency temporary permits for the following practitioners: 

  1. Out-of-State Practitioners: DOs and PAs who have no pending complaints, investigations, consent orders, board orders, or pending disciplinary proceedings and who possess valid, unrestricted medical licensure in another state, district, or territory of the United States; and 
  2. Retired or Inactive Practitioners: DOs and PAs who, at one time, possessed a license issued by the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine which was not revoked by the Board, but who are now retired or in inactive status.

The DO Emergency Temporary Permit Application can be found here.

The PA Emergency Temporary Permit Application can be found here.

Individuals seeking an emergency temporary permit may not begin practicing in West Virginia until they have received authorization from the Board.  Individuals obtaining an emergency temporary permit shall be subject to the Board’s jurisdiction for all purposes set forth in or related to the Board’s rules and Chapter 30 of the West Virginia Code. 

Emergency Temporary Permits will remain valid until terminated by the Board or the State of Emergency is lifted, whichever occurs first. Individuals seeking full licensure by the Board, including retired and inactive licensees, must complete the appropriate application process and satisfy all applicable requirements. For more information regarding licensing, please utilize the licensing tab on the Board’s website.

COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Information

In collaboration with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, the Department of Health and Human Resources, and others, the Board will be emailing licensees West Virginia specific information regarding COVID-19 testing criteria, PPE procedures, specimen collection, and other related information as it becomes available. The Board will also be posting available public information on the Board’s website. Additional information is also available on the WVDHHR COVID-19 website.

For Office-Based Practitioners

The WV Coronavirus Hotline, 1-800-887-4304, can be provided to patients to answer general COVID-19 questions.  

Offices should triage symptomatic patients using normal office triage criteria.

Hospital Referrals

If a provider office is sending a potentially positive patient to the hospital as they have symptoms requiring hospitalization, the hospital should be contacted in advance so that they can accept the patient using appropriate PPE precautions and patient intake provisions.  

Testing Criteria

Any physician who requires state lab testing for patients meeting WV criteria should call their local health department.  If they are unable to get through, they should call the WV Coronavirus Hotline, 1-800-887-4304,  for assistance in contacting the State Epidemiologist on-call.  Approval is required to send a test to the state lab.  As of Friday, March 13th, only one sample is required.

All Providers

Report suspect or confirmed cases to your local health department by phone and follow-up with a written report within 24 hours.

Additional Resources

The following resources were obtained from the provider section of the WVDHHR COVID-19 website:

Specimen Collection

Initial Licensing & Renewals / CME

The Board is in the process of reviewing its licensing and renewal requirements as well as the authority granted to it to make changes to those requirements in emergency situations. The Board will initiate all possible measures to ensure that qualified individuals are able to obtain a license quickly so that they can respond to the situation as it unfolds.

The Board is also aware that many Continuing Medical Education conferences have been canceled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 response. The board will be reviewing CME requirements prior to the upcoming D.O. renewal cycle and will issue guidance should it make changes to those requirements.

The Board will notify licensees and the public if and when changes are made to licensing requirements. If you are applying for an initial license or renewal of your license, we will process your application as quickly as we can. We appreciate your patience as we deal with an increased volume of applications.  

About the Board

The West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine is a state agency that licenses osteopathic physicians and osteopathic physician assistants. By statute, we are composed of five licensed physicians with at least five years of practice, one Physician Asistant member, and two lay members appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate.

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