Experts speaking at CLEAR's second educational symposium, "Partners in Professional Regulation," urged attendees to check the potential abuses of HMOs and adapt to the changing marketplace. The symposium was held June 2-3 in Washington, D.C., with the financial support of Professional Examination Service. A few speaker highlights follow:
"In the regulatory arena, we are not looking at the mental health of licensees involved in stressful health care delivery settings. We need to think about designing a regulatory system that protects the practitioners if we are really serious about consumer protection."--Lorna McBarnette, Dean, School of Health Technology and Management, University at Stony Brook.
"[I] become very concerned when I hear about economic forces protecting the consumer. You must keep on assuring that the people who deliver services in your area have a "good housekeeping seal of approval," whether it is national or not, and not worry so much about incestuous relationships. For heaven's sake, don't depend on the marketplace for consumer protection, although we may be stuck with it."--Christine McGuire, Adjunct Professor, Medical Education and Evaluation, George Washington University.
"Licensing must be used as a barrier because managed care can out-maneuver, out-spend and out-lobby associations of state boards and professions."--Ben Shimberg, Senior Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service.
"Managed care review bodies may adopt internal standards that could replace credentialing standards and, possibly, licensure. This internal credentialing may result in a loss of practitioner mobility."--Susan Dorn, Principal, Dorn and Klamp, PC.
"The major health care problem for the Federal Trade Commission is local-level fraud. There isn't any barrier in this area, except lack of effort." --Matthew Daynard, Senior Attorney, Federal Trade Commission.
"The issue is not the loss of jobs, but changing the jobs to meet the today's needs."--Mary Briden, Director of Transfer Education and Special Projects, Maricopa Community Colleges.