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Continuing Professional Competence: Can We Assure It? Proceedings of a Citizen Advocacy Center Conference, December 16-17, 1996 [40 pp. + 6 appendices; $20+s/h]

While many recognize the need for licensed professionals to update their professional skills, few can agree on how to achieve lifetime professional competence. Are continuing education courses an adequate way to assure continuing competence? Or should licensees undergo periodic re-testing?

Last December, 135 people, representing licensing boards, specialty credentialing bodies, professional associations and others, gathered to examine ways of integrating the roles of licensing, private certification and employer credentialing to assure competence. Based on presentations, group discussions and research prepared prior to the conference, this report provides baseline data showing the current techniques in use and regulatory and voluntary systems in place to evaluate and upgrade professional competence. It concludes with the results of a straw poll conducted at the conference to identify areas of agreement among the different stakeholders.

To obtain a copy of the report, contact the Citizen Advocacy Center, 1424 Sixteenth Street, NW, Suite 105, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: (202) 462-1174 Fax: (202) 265-6564.

Hospital Reporting to State Regulators and to the National Practitioner Data Bank: What Can Be Learned to Improve Compliance with Mandatory Reporting Requirements? by Rebecca A. Cohen and David A. Swankin. Washington, D.C.: Citizen Advocacy Center, March 1997 [65 pp. + 7 appendices, $25 +s/h]

A growing body of evidence indicates there may be significant under-reporting by hospitals to both the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and to boards of medicine and nursing concerning adverse actions taken against licensed practitioners for substandard performance. In response, the Citizen Advocacy Center conducted research on the effectiveness and enforcement of state mandatory reporting laws, from which this report emerged.

The study compares reporting to the NPDB with reporting to selected states under state reporting laws and examines perceptions about the level of reporting. It then examines in depth some of the reasons for under-reporting. These include a cultural aversion to reporting, deficiencies in reporting laws, lax enforcement and lack of knowledge on the part of hospitals of their duty to report. The study concludes it is difficult to point to any single, most critical cause of under-reporting. All play a role, and all of them have to be addressed if improvement is to occur. The authors suggest recommendations for improving the NPDB internally, ways in which the NPDB can assist the states and vice-versa, and ways in which states can help themselves and each other.

To obtain a copy of the report, contact the Citizen Advocacy Center, 1424 Sixteenth Street, NW, Suite 105, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: (202) 462-1174 Fax: (202) 265-6564.

The Fundamentals of Accreditation by Michael S. Hamm. Washington, D.C.: American Society of Association Executives, 1997. [157 pp.; $39.95 for ASAE members and $47.95 for non-members + $6.25 s/h (5.75% sales tax applies for DC addresses only)]

Is your organization searching for new ways to establish broadly accepted performance and quality measures? If so, you'll find this book to be a valuable and timely resource. It's the first analysis to treat accreditation as a generic concept that can be applied to virtually any organization or field of interest.

The book covers the basic principles involved in planning, developing, governing and managing accreditation programs—all presented from the perspectives of the accrediting bodies, membership organizations, individuals working in the accreditation field, the general public and government agencies. Hamm also reviews the basics on structuring and operating accreditation programs for a broader understanding of the unique public trust role accrediting agencies hold.

Informative case studies, a resource list and a glossary are also included.

To order, phone (202) 371-0940, fax (202) 408-9634, e-mail, or write ASAE, Book Publishing Dept., 1575 1 St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.

1996 Survey Results: A Research Report on the Profile of Idaho Real Estate Licensees, compiled and published by the Idaho Real Estate Commission and the Idaho Real Estate Education Council [21 pp]

What credentials and educational backgrounds do Idaho real estate licensees possess? Are Idaho's real estate educational programs meeting the needs of licensees? What more can the state do to assist its real estate licensees and the public? This report is the result of a 1996 survey conducted by the Idaho Real Estate Commission (IREC) to answer these questions and more.

Responses from 470 licensees surveyed provide a profile of the Idaho real estate licensee and direction for some of the state's real estate programs. Survey results are presented in narrative, table and graph formats.

To obtain a copy of the report, or for more information, contact the Idaho Real Estate Commission, 633 North 4th Street, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0077.