News and Commentary
The Buckeye Institute submitted written testimony to a committee of the Ohio House of Representatives supporting the passage of House Bill 673 which would take steps to remove regulatory hurdles that currently prevent healthcare professionals from fully participating in the response to COVID-19.
Haley Holik writes in The Hill why loosening of occupational licensing restrictions should last after the pandemic citing the economic harm that overzealous licensing causes.
Patrice Onwuka of the Independent Women’s Forum writes about how shortages of healthcare professionals has prompted states to temporarily suspend occupational licensing requirements and argues that states should make these changes permanent as well as examine other burdensome occupational licensing requirements.
Andrew B. Meshnick, Lilian Ryan, and Theresa Cullen write in the Health Affairs blog about what could be a forthcoming wave of post-traumatic stress disorder among healthcare professionals treating COVID-19 patients. The authors also discuss ways in which governments and industry can come together to address these behavioral health needs.
An article at the American Medical Association (AMA) website highlights the ways in which the AMA has been advocating for their members including by urging the federal and state governments to ease extraneous administrative burdens on physicians, expanding visa processing for foreign physicians.
Nina Owcharenko Schaefer writes in The Center Square about ways in which federal and state governments can reduce restrictions on healthcare professionals by lifting regulatory requirements on telehealth, lessening occupational licensing requirements, and other regulatory changes.
Anna Holmgren writes at JD Supra about how Arizona’s executive order shielding healthcare professionals from civil liability might cause an increase in administrative and board complaints against healthcare professionals.
The Supreme Court of Mississippi ordered that the July 2020 bar exam in Mississippi proceed as planned subject to enumerated conditions including a waiver of liability for test-takers.
Cole Lauterbach writes in The Center Square that the Arizona House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would seat additional civilians on various occupational licensing boards as a way of ensuring that boards are not engaging in anti-competitive practices.
Stephanie Francis Ward writes in an ABA Journal news article that the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) plans to offer online multistate bar exams in October. However, this exam administration will not include the uniform bar exam and the NCBE states that the full-length, in-person bar exam is preferable.