ERIC Number: ED201820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-30
Perspectives on Health Occupational Credentialing. A Report of the National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies.
Falk, Dennis S.; And Others
An important and widely noticed trend among health professions and occupations in the 1970s has been the increasingly widespread use of credentialing mechanisms. These mechanisms are intended to ensure that health services are provided adequately and with at least a minimum degree of competence. This report is intended to enhance and broaden knowledge of health professions credentialing. It is based on information obtained from more than 40 health certifying agencies. The report is divided into six chapters. Chapter 1 introduces the concepts of licensing and certifying and provides general background for the report, while chapter 2 discusses current problems of concern to all regulators, such as personal qualification requirements for would-be practitioners, test construction and validation techniques, and continuing competency programs. Chapter 3 focuses on current activities of licensing and certifying bodies and their regulatory activities in the various states. Chapter 4 highlights recent federal, state, and private legal challenges to regulatory practices which are alleged to restrict competition unfairly in the health sector and also includes a brief summary of important relevant concepts. Chapter 5 constitutes a minor feasibility study to identify areas of jurisdictional overlap between health occupations and suggests the extent to which scopes of practice could be modified. Finally, chapter 6 points to significant trends and indicates possible areas for further inquiry. (KC)
Descriptors: Certification, Credentials, Health Occupations, Health Personnel, Legislation, Problems, Professional Continuing Education, Qualifications, Standards, State Licensing Boards, State Programs, Test Construction, Test Validity
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 017-022-00734-7, $4.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Div. of Associated Health Professions.
Authoring Institution: National Commission for Health Certifying Agencies, Washington, DC.
Note: This is a revised edition of an earlier printing.