News and Commentary
The president of the Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador published a letter in The Chronicle Herald advocating for an expanded scope of practice among pharmacists.
The Independent Institute’s K. Lloyd Billingsley calls attention to unnecessary licensing in California.
The Cato Institute’s John Bowblis and Austin Smith published a research brief on occupational licensing in skilled nursing facilities, finding no significant effect on metrics of quality when facilities exchange unlicensed paraprofessionals for qualified social workers.
Madeline Will at Education Week summarizes research indicating edTPA score reliability isn’t all it’s proclaimed to be.
An article at Valley News by Ethan DeWitt reports a New Hampshire Senate committee voted down a bill that would require all massage parlors to be licensed and regulated by the state’s licensing office.
A state senator in Oklahoma filed legislation to give a tax credit to all residents who need to pay for occupational licenses required by the state and for state mandated testing or other continuing education requirements.
The Heartland Institute’s AnneMarie Schieber applauds the president’s executive order signed last October calling for a review by the Department of Health and Human Services into disparities of Medicare reimbursement between physicians and non-physician practitioners. This will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to do more under Medicare and thus lower costs of care while addressing the physician shortage.
A nurse and graduate student writing in the Hartford Courant calls for the Senate to pass the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 to address a shortage of providers.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed a bill requiring state licensing boards to review individual cases of applicants with criminal records instead of allowing automatic denial.
Illinois state officials announced the state hired a military liaison to help service members and their families with acquiring professional licenses. Of course, another simplification would be to strike down unnecessary licensing in the first place.
The state of Texas is now accepting some out-of-state occupational licenses for spouses of service members.
A paper published in the American Educational Research Journal analyzes the documentation of edTPA scoring reliability and argues such scores should not be used for making decisions with teacher performance.
A paper published in Health Affairs looks at federal data to find broad scope-of-practice regulations are associated with greater numbers of nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing buprenorphine to treat addiction.