(a) The board is authorized and encouraged to the best of its ability to issue a license to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon in this state without examination to a physician that currently holds a license to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon at a Federal Veterans Administration Hospital upon completion of an application form prescribed by the board and who presents satisfactory proof to the board that he or she is currently employed and practicing in a Federal Veterans Administration Hospital that is located in a county in which a nursing home operated by the West Virginia Department of Veteran's Assistance is located: Provided, That the osteopathic physician shall maintain an valid, unrestricted license to practice osteopathic medicine in another state.
(b) The practice for which an osteopathic physician and surgeon is licensed under this section is limited to practice in a nursing home operated by the West Virginia Department of Veteran's Assistance that is located in the same county in which the Federal Veterans Administration Hospital where the individual is employed.
(c) No fee may be assessed to an individual licensed or seeking licensure pursuant to this section.
(d) The board shall propose emergency rules pursuant to the provisions of section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this section.
(e) The board shall report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability by July 1, 2016 on the implementation of this section including the number of licenses issued, number of complaints, and any other pertinent legislation.