News and Commentary
At Landscape Architecture Magazine, Stephen Zacks lays out recent history in licensing of landscape architecture and offers a perspective: “In a sense, professional licensure belongs to a legacy of good multinational and transregional governance and oversight that suffers from being misunderstood and underappreciated, quietly preventing harm without fanfare.”
On WWLP’s site, Amy Phillips reports on a Massachusetts audit of the commonwealth’s licensure office. “Due to the lack of accurate information neither the agency nor the Office of State Auditor (OSA) investigators could determine how many professionals were licensed without undergoing required background checks.”
For Reason, J.D. Tuccille recounts one private eye’s challenges with a licensure board following his remarks on a police shooting.
NorthCentralPA.com reports on Pennsylvania’s plans to implement an “occupational ‘crosswalk,’ which is a framework for converting military duties, skills, training, and certifications to fulfill Pa.’s occupational licensing requirements.”
A report from The Council of State Governments on COVID-19-related occupational licensing moves surveys states’ choices and concludes, “In particular, policy changes made to improve a state’s licensing portability and use of telehealth by licensed professionals have benefits that extend well beyond times of disaster and therefore should in particular be a priority for states.”
In Dayton Daily News, Thomas Gnau highlights Ohio’s middling ranking, including for license portability, in a recent Department of Defense on levels of support for military families.
A blog post at HealthAffairs by Angela J. Beck Joanne Spetz Patricia Pittman Bianca K. Frogner Erin P. Fraher Jean Moore David Armstrong Peter I. Buerhaus calls for dutiful use of the American Rescue Plan’s $1.9 trillion infusion in the US healthcare workforce. The authors emphasize that “maximizing the current and future health workforce requires modernizing our approach to regulating state- and organizational-level scope of practice.”
In The Journal, Steven Allen Adams details the West Virginia Legislative Auditor’s recommendation to gut the state’s Board of Licensed Dieticians.
At the Niskanen Center main page, Robert Orr dissects the limited supply of physicians in the US. “The key reason for our physician shortfall is that substantial bottlenecks exist in the training and education pipeline, with the most significant of these being the medical residency system.”