News and Commentary
John Hendrickson and Laura Ebke have an article in Caffeinated Thoughts urging the state of Iowa to reform their occupation licensing laws to reduce barriers to entry in the state labor market for skilled workers. They point to the recent licensure reforms in the neighboring state of Nebraska as a viable model for improvement.
A new revision of the licensing laws being considered in Michigan could cause an estimated 10,000 licensed professional counselors to be deemed unqualified to provide mental-health services to their patients. The new wording would prohibit licensed professional counselors from diagnosing patients or the use of psychotherapy techniques, and inhibit them from collecting insurance reimbursement.
Joyce Frieden has an article in MedPage Today, arguing that family physicians should be concerned about attempts to narrow the scope of their practice.
An interesting article headlined, The Economics of Pharmacy by Christine Blank was featured on the site Drug Topics. It discuss the labor market mismatch for pharmacy graduates entering the workforce, and the lack of available opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry.
Eric Boehm at Reason reports on a recent vote in Michigan that will restrict cancer patients’ access to new methods of treatment. The new restrictions carried out by the state’s Certificate of Need Commission, will impose new accreditation requirements for health care providers that wan’t to make new immunotherapy treatments available for cancer patients.
Debra Cassens Weiss writes for the ABA Journal about occupational licensing reforms in North Carolina and Mississippi. The new laws make it more difficult at attempts to deny occupational licenses for past crimes.
A study from The New England Journal of Medicine on telecontraception found that it can be safe to get a contraception prescription through online consultation and then receive the medicine, but in practice politics and bureaucracy have prevented this from happening.