CATO Event: Right-skilling health professionals: Replacing government licensing with third-party certification

Right-Skilling Health Professionals: Replacing Government Licensing with Third-Party Certification September 14, 2020 • 3:00PM – 4:00PM EDT • LIVE ONLINE
The COVID-19 pandemic has clarified that government licensing of health professionals blocks access to care. A better solution than direct government licensing is a system in which states recognize third-party organizations that certify the competence of health professionals. In such a system, accredited educational institutions or certificate‐​issuing organizations would define clinician categories, determine scopes of practice for each category, and certify the training or skills of individual clinicians. Third-party certification would allow innovative educational and certification programs, nontraditional career paths, incremental expansion of clinician skills and scopes of practice, and the creation of new categories of health care professionals. The result would be better career opportunities for clinicians and greater access to care for patients. In this forum, Shirley Svorny, PhD, California State University–Northridge; William M. Sage, MD, JD, University of Texas–Austin School of Law and Dell Medical School; and Jeffrey A. Singer, MD, Cato Institute will explore this and other reform ideas. During the event, submit questions on Twitter using #CatoHealth, Facebook Live, or in the comment box on the event page.

A better solution than direct government licensing is a system in which states recognize third-party organizations that certify the competence of health professionals. In such a system, accredited educational institutions or certificate‐​issuing organizations would define clinician categories, determine scopes of practice for each category, and certify the training or skills of individual clinicians. Third-party certification would allow innovative educational and certification programs, nontraditional career paths, incremental expansion of clinician skills and scopes of practice, and the creation of new categories of health care professionals. The result would be better career opportunities for clinicians and greater access to care for patients. In this forum, experts will explore this and other reform ideas. Interested parties can register for the free online event here.



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