News and Commentary
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed into law a bill that requires South Carolina licensing boards to issue temporary licenses to the spouses of military personnel stationed in the state.
This article covering a survey of physician assistants has a mixed bag of findings for the profession. On the one hand, the underutilization of ERs and other non-essential medical facilities has led to the furloughing of many PAs. On the other, the waiver of countless restrictive regulations on PAs and other non-MD healthcare practitioners is a positive sign, and many PAs and healthcare professionals are moving around the country to areas hardest hit by COVID-19.
John Taylor writes that regulatory reform must be part of the COVID-19 recovery, including reforms to occupational licensing regulations and restrictions on telemedicine.
Jeffrey Singer and Richard Menger have written an excellent article about how the COVID-19 pandemic exposes the “folly” of the current state of medical licensing laws, how they came to be through lobbying by physicians’ groups, and how the emergency changes made by governors should be made permanent.
An administrative judge has upheld a decision by the Michigan State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to suspend the license of a barber to cut hair despite Michigan’s stay at home order.
Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma has signed a bill into law that establishes a system for the licensing of midwives. The law comes with a host of regulations requiring the disclosure of credentials, skills, and whether or not they carry insurance.