Regulatory News (CLEAR News Online)

The latest news from the regulatory community. Archived headlines and reports can be viewed at http://clear.blogs.com
  • 12 Jul 2013 1:17 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    An independent review, conducted by journalist Camilla Cavendish, has found that there is no standard of care for healthcare assistants (HCAs) before they are allowed to work unsupervised.   In addition, many HCAs are conducting tasks such as taking blood samples from patients and inserting IVs, practices usually reserved for doctors and nurses.  Cavendish also questions the operation of the National Health Service and the many practices which have become the norm in healthcare today.  In the report (which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/review-of-healthcare-assistants-and-support-workers-in-nhs-and-social-care) Cavendish recommends significant changes to the system overseeing HCAs, including requiring all HCAs to obtain a “Certificate of Fundamental Care” before being allowed to practice unsupervised and to change the job title to “Nursing Assistant” as a better reflection of the work actually being done by HCAs. 

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  • 12 Jul 2013 1:16 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    Governor Paul LePage recently vetoed a bill that would have implemented a regulatory scheme for recreational therapists in the state.  Although the bill initially passed through both houses, legislatures decided not to attempt to override the veto.  Governor LePage said that “creating more regulation and licensing is not the answer” to the issues and challenges faced by the state of Maine.  Practitioners and supporters of the legislation have raised concerns that a lack of standardized educational and training requirements lead to un-qualified practice and put a vulnerable population at risk.  The American Therapeutic Recreation Association defines recreational therapy as “a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person's level of functioning and independence in life activities to promote health and wellness and to reduce or eliminate limitations and restrictions on activities of daily living caused by an illness or disabling conditions.”

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  • 12 Jul 2013 1:16 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)
    The DC Department of Health has released the patient application forms that are “the final step patients need to complete in order to receive their medical marijuana cards.”  Dispensaries and cultivation centers have all been awaiting the opening of centers authorized to provide marijuana to qualified patients, but the implementation has been held back because physicians have only recently been granted authority to recommend medical marijuana to patients.  The application to receive a medical marijuana card requires two photos, a government-issued ID, a physician recommendation form, proof of DC residency and a $100 application fee.

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  • 12 Jul 2013 1:15 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Naturopathic Doctor Act, passed through the Colorado state legislature in June, sets up a regulatory and licensing framework for naturopathic practitioners.  The program outlines specific educational and training requirements practitioners must meet in order to call themselves naturopathic doctors.  Practitioners hope the legislation and resulting licensing program will enhance public confidence in the profession and increase the number and variety of health care options available to the public.  While implementing a licensing structure is not likely to prompt immediate changes regarding insurance coverage for naturopathic treatment, as popularity of this type of medicine continues to grow it does help to assure consumers that their practitioners are meeting the established standards and requirements to practice.  Opponents of the legislation have concerns about the level of qualifications needed in order to receive a license and that it may lead to unqualified individuals practicing health-care professions.  The bill also does not address several other natural health-care professions and practices, so many natural health practitioners are not included in this licensing program.

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  • 12 Jul 2013 1:15 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Delaware state Senate is considering bi-partisan legislation which would allow clinic employees to lodge complaints with public health officials to prompt inspections and also mandate independent accreditation for any facility which performs invasive procedures.   Current law does not require routine inspections of clinic facilities and only allows inspections to be prompted by complaints made by a patient, a close relative or by referral from the Division of Professional Regulation.   Recent high-profile issues with a Planned Parenthood clinic drove the state legislature to consider stronger regulation to help ensure the health and safety of patients. 

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  • 12 Jul 2013 1:14 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Professional Standards Authority has released the 2012-2013 performance review for the various health and care professions regulators throughout the UK.  The performance review is the annual check on how effective the regulators have been in protecting the public and promoting confidence in health professionals in the UK, social workers in England and in the regulators themselves.  Regulators’ performance is assessed in their four regulatory functions: guidance and standards, education and training, registration and fitness to practice using the PSA’s Standards of Good Regulation.  The report indicates that regulators were generally performing well against most of the Standards of Good Regulation and are meeting their statutory responsibilities.  Three regulators were identified as not meeting one or more of the Standards of Good Regulation and specific actions are already in place to address the areas of concern. 

    The three major changes for the PSA in the preceding year, namely acquiring oversight of the regulation of social workers, advising the Privy Council on appointments to the regulator’s councils and the accreditation scheme for voluntary occupational registers, were said to have been ‘implemented effectively and on time’.

    The report indicated that the number of cases reviewed in the 12 month period covered by the Report is 2,738 (more than double the number 5 years ago).  Of the 2,738 cases received by the PSA this year, 1,932 were closed with no requirement for more information.  Additional information was sought and considered in 377 cases.

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  • 12 Jul 2013 1:14 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    Michael Walker, Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, has resigned his position.  In late June, the DBPR’s Inspector General released a report resulting from an investigation of claims of sexual and racial harassment against Captain Rodney Tilley, a member of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.  The investigation uncovered information which linked Walker to comments encouraging staff to follow orders given by the agency, even if they are immoral or unethical.  Walker denies making the statement and cited no specific reason for leaving in his resignation letter.

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  • 01 Jul 2013 10:05 AM | Deleted user

    CLEAR is pleased to announce that CORU hosted the Board Member Training: Achieving Excellence in Regulatory Governance program in Dublin, Ireland, on June 25, 2013.  This offering marks the first time the program has been held outside of North America.  CLEAR’s Board Member Training program is an interactive training program designed to prepare regulatory board members for effective service.  The program consists of five modules, covering different facets of the role of regulatory board members, from the foundations of occupational and professional regulation to the various competence, disciplinary and rulemaking responsibilities they hold.    

    CORU is Ireland’s first multi-profession health regulator and is responsible for regulating various professions in the health and social care fields.  CORU provides regulatory oversight to twelve different health and social care professions by setting standards for professionals and the educational institutions that train them, maintaining a register of all qualified professionals, promoting professional development and conducting Fitness to Practice hearings if a professional’s competence or conduct is called into question.  Ginny Hanrahan, CEO of CORU, was instrumental in bringing the training to the organization and its twelve registration boards.  “CORU recently undertook CLEAR’s Board Member Training programme with our Council and Board members. CLEAR brings an international perspective on regulation and governance, with a unique focus on the needs of regulators of professions, based on practical and varied experience. It was a really useful session for all involved and more than met our expectations.”   

    In combination with CLEAR’s third International Congress on Professional and Occupational Regulation held June 27-28, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland, this Board Member Training program provides another opportunity to enhance the international collaboration of regulatory bodies.  CLEAR President, Michelle Z. Pedersen with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies says: “It is truly momentous, that CLEAR has the privilege of offering its Board Member Training Program for the first time outside of North America, hosted by CORU.  CLEAR's enthusiasm to be partnering with CORU is overwhelming, and provides an exciting opportunity and significant milestone in furthering the promotion of truly international regulatory excellence, and in solidifying CLEAR's reputation as the premier resource for professional regulation, across several countries.  I know I speak for many in recognizing and celebrating this exceptional collaborative effort.”         

    For more information regarding hosting the Board Member Training: Achieving Excellence in Regulatory Governance program, or the various program offerings sponsored by CLEAR, contact Molly Marsh at mmarsh@clearhq.org or 859-169-1601.

  • 01 Jul 2013 10:03 AM | Deleted user

    On June 19, the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) participated in a one-day sting operation in Los Angeles, leading to the arrest of three illegal contractors. 
    This comes just one month after the agency arrested another eight individuals in the city for contracting without required state licenses.  CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team worked in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation in a successful inter-agency collaboration.  The suspects were advertising their services through business cards and various advertising outlets, including craigslist.org.  CSLB regularly conductions operations like this throughout the state in an effort to ensure that contractors providing service to the public meet state requirements and are using safe and fair business practices.      

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  • 01 Jul 2013 9:23 AM | Deleted user

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced a partnership geared to help skilled immigrants and refugees in the state integrate into the workforce.  The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is working in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Upwardly Global to issue ten online guides explaining Michigan’s professional licensing requirements.  The guides will include information about how to attain licenses and what the educational and practical standards are for professions like accounting, engineering, medicine and teaching.  The guides will help those who were educated or have work experience overseas to find appropriate avenues to employment in the US.

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