Sanctioning Reference Points

  • 06 Apr 2100
  • Virtual - at your desktop


This session will provide participants with an overview of the Virginia Board of Health Professions Sanctions Reference Study, its impetus, methodology, findings, and results to date.

Almost twenty years ago, criminal sentencing guidelines were developed to enable judges to make rationally consistent sentencing decisions apart from the influence of bias. Based heavily on those methods, sanctioning reference points (SRPs) have been developed which allow boards to sanction using a common set of empirically based factors. Once in use, SRPs can help eliminate the influence of inappropriate factors and help ensure similarly situated respondents are sanctioned the same. The Virginia Board of Medicine began using its system in 2004; the Virginia Board of Dentistry and Virginia Board of Nursing began this year. Feedback on the implementation experiences of each will be explored, as will discussion of additional public benefits and efficiencies gained.

Presenters: Elizabeth Carter is the Executive Director for the Virginia Board of Health Professions and also serves as the Executive Director for the Virginia Board of Optometry and the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. Her responsibilities include overseeing policy research and advising on issues pertaining to the regulation of health professions and on the operations of the Virginia Department of Health Professions as well as managing the licensure, disciplinary, and policymaking activities for the two health regulatory boards.

Neal Kauder is the President of VisualResearch, Inc. located in Richmond, VA. He is nationally recognized for civil and criminal justice research, performance measurement, and health regulatory board policy analysis. He has been involved with developing and evaluating sentencing guidelines systems and has implemented empirically-based Sanction Reference Points (SRPs) for the Virginia Board of Health Professions. 
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