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Behavioral Health Providers

*Signed by the Governor & effective May 25, 2021* COVID-19 liability act (protecting providers from lawsuit due to understaffing/COVID-related issues).

*Signed by the Governor April 21, 2021* Telehealth includes audio-only for the delivery of behavioral health services for an established patient (applies to Medicaid and private payers).

*Signed by the Governor April 21, 2021* Insurers cannot place greater financial burden on beneficiaries for accessing mental health treatment via telehealth. Insurers must reimburse mental health telehealth at at least the same rate as in-person mental health treatment.

*proposed update* Adopt the licensed professional counselors interstate compact.

Anyone practicing medicine and surgery in Nebraska and not specially falling under the exception described in Neb. Rev. Stat. §38-2025 must be licensed in Nebraska as either a physician or as an osteopathic physician and surgeon.

  • Practitioners falling under the exception include physicians from other states who provide occasional consultation services to physicians in Nebraska, physicians from other states who occasionally order diagnostic or therapeutic services for patients in Nebraska, and physicians from other states who are occasionally granted temporary hospital privileges in Nebraska

Nebraska Behavioral Health Professional Licensure Compacts

Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact

EXPIRED: Temporary COVID-19 Policies (NE Behavioral Health Providers)

EXPIRED JULY 30: EO 20-10 allows certain professionals to practice telehealth, including Nebraska licensees located within or without Nebraska and licensees from other states

  • Applies to people in these professions: Advanced practice nursing (CNMs, NPs, CNSs, CRNAs), Emergency medical services (EMR, EMT, AEMT, paramedics), MDs, Physician Assistants, Acupuncturists, Licensed independent mental health practitioners (LIMHP), Licensed mental health practitioners (LMHP), Provisional licensed mental health practitioners (PLMHP), Social Workers, RNs, LPNs, DOs, Perfusionists, Pharmacists, Pharmacists Interns, Pharmacist technicians, Psychologists, Provisional licensed psychologists (PLP), Respiratory care practitioners, Surgical first assistants

EXPIRED JULY 30: Formerly licensed practitioners (in APN, EMS, medicine and surgery (includes PAs), mental health practice, nursing, osteopathy, perfusion, pharmacy, psychology, respiratory care, surgical assisting) can continue to practice without being subject to continuing competency requirements 

  • Competency and licensing requirements are deferred
  • Regulations for initial licensure are lessened