News & Commentary
In a policy brief from the Mercatus Center, Philip E. Auerswald and Justin Leventhal examine how shifting healthcare provision from hospitals to retail clinics, the home, or other non-hospital settings can improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. They argue that making this shift will require regulatory reforms in five areas: Scope of practice, modes of payment, medical devices, patient health data, and telemedicine.
In an article from the Carolina Journal, Donna King covers the North Carolina House’s recent passing of a bill to enter the state into the Licensed Counselors Interstate Compact. This compact would allow for easier interstate recognition of counselors’ licenses and online practice.
In a piece in the National Law Review, Todd W. Collis writes on how Ohio’s Fresh Start Act will better enable formerly convicted individuals to acquire occupational licenses.
In an article on NorthCentralPA.com, site staff cover the incoming phase-out of pandemic-related waivers for professional licenses. This comes when emergency powers of the governor were returned back to the legislature.
In a piece from Harvard Politics, Liz Benecchi discusses how barriers making it more difficult for formerly convicted individuals to acquire an occupational license increase the rate of harmful recidivism. She argues that “standardizing the reasons for denial of occupational licensing at the federal level would simplify the process, help build the prison-to-work pipeline by allowing more previously incarcerated people to obtain jobs, and in turn, lower the recidivism rate.”
In an opinion piece in The Hill, John A. Martins argues that medical professionals should have much more flexibility to practice across state lines. His solutions include expanded participation in the Nurse Licensure Compact and a universal set of practicing guidelines.
In a piece for The Westerly Sun, Susan Haigh covers a new Connecticut law intended to ease inter-state restrictions licensing restrictions on military spouses. Under the law, “the Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Consumer Protection will issue the appropriate license or credential to a state resident or the spouse of an active duty service member stationed in Connecticut if he or she practiced safely under another state’s license for at least four years.”
In an article from the law firm Rhoades McKee PC, Patrick Ellis and J.R. Poll discuss incoming legislation in Michigan to expand the scope of practice for certified registered nurse anesthetists, making them “solely responsible for the planning and administration of anesthesia care without physician involvement.”