3 Things Licensing Agencies Need from Vendors
The Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation tackles the topic—Beyond the Contract, What Regulators Really Want and Need from the Vendor Community. CLEAR interviews individuals with experience on both the vendor side and the regulatory side, for an informed and unique perspective. First, regulators need guidance from their vendors to help fill any knowledge and expertise gaps, especially related to technology. At the same time, regulators and vendors need to leverage each other’s expertise. Secondly, licensing agencies need vendors to listen to the genuine needs of regulators. “Ask questions, lots of them. Don’t ever stop. You will make an impression on the regulator that you’re really listening and trying to understand their concerns,” says Marc Spector, Deputy Registrar with the Home Construction Regulatory Authority in Ontario. And lastly, to enjoy productive relationships, vendors need to communicate with regulators and truly understand their perspective. Listen to the CLEAR podcast or read the transcript for more feedback on what regulators really want and need from vendors.
Disciplinary Records on Iowa Nurses Now Difficult to Access
An investigation by the Iowa Capital Dispatch on May 20 discovered that “disciplinary records that by law are considered public documents are no longer being published by the Board of Nursing.” The board’s executive director, Kathleen Weinberg, cited several reasons for this, including staff shortages. She indicated the Iowa Board of Nursing needs to fill three vacant positions—including the staff member who updates the list of disciplinary actions.
Ariz. Special Practice Permits for Med School Grads See Low Usage
Arizona, along with a handful of other states, offers special practice permits to medical school graduates still needing to complete a residency; six months into the program, however, according to the Midland Daily News on May 22, use of those permits remains low. According to data from the Arizona Medical Board, 99 permits had been issued as of May 12, with only 12 permittees practicing under a supervising physician. Supporters say the program helps address the physician shortage, while providing experience to those waiting for a residency slot.
New Tenn. Bill Creates Health Facilities Commission
The Tennessee legislature passed a bill to create the Health Facilities Commission, combining the Health Services Development Agency and the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities in Tennessee, according to JD Supra on May 19; the actions and activities of the previous two boards now operate under the Commission. The legislature defined the commission as developing “the criteria and standards to guide the commission when issuing certificates of need; to conduct studies related to health care, including needs assessments.” For a full description of the commission’s responsibilities see the full text of the article. Governor Bill Lee plans to sign the bill in the coming weeks.