News and Commentary
Georgia’s Secretary of State announced his office will be releasing plans in the coming weeks to overhaul licensing for various trades. He believes these policy changes will help along economic recovery. In other Georgia-related news, Governor Brian Kemp received a letter concerning midwifery licensing from the state chapter of a national association of midwives. This is another regulation Georgia could change to allow greater flexibility in wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and following understandable concerns by pregnant women about delivering in hospitals.
Jeanie O’Sullivan tracks weekly changes in regulation at Law360. Seven states have joined into a pact for developing a supply chain for PPE production. Several states have relaxed rules on marriage licenses, allowing video conferences as an option for couples. Illinois has changed some nursing home regulations and relaxed licensing requirements for a range of trades including body piercings and pest control.
Wisconsin’s governor issued an executive order suspending oversight rules for occupational therapist assistants. Hopefully these kinds of changes can be put into legislative effect once it becomes apparent these assistants can sufficiently provide these many services without supervision.
The World Health Organization has officially dedicated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. There’s much to appreciate about these professions in such a trying time, but decisive action can help them further. Florida’s Governor Ron Desantis signed a law last March to expand scope of practice for nurse practitioners starting in July.
A new article at The National Law Review discusses medical liability as scope of practice restrictions are reduced for the Covid-19 pandemic. Various states have implemented laws and orders to address health care providers and liability with reference to newly expanded scope of practice.
A new paper from University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute reviews the Covid-19 recession as a reallocation shock and draws on Survey of Business Uncertainty data. Cato’s Ryan Bourne has given a helpful overview of the paper here.