Scope of Practice (SOP)

The legal scope of practice for a health profession is typically defined in state-specific scope of practice acts. These acts describe the services that professionals can provide and under what conditions they can be provided. Scope of practice acts also define the requirements for education and training, certification and licensure, and supervision.

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Health Professions Regulation in the US

Topics: Scope of Practice (SOP)

November 14, 2019

A key goal of health reform in the U.S. is to improve population health through expanded access to health insurance. Demand for high-quality, cost-effective, basic health services is anticipated to grow, particularly for underserved populations. However, there is also growing concern about the impact of health professions scope of practice on access, quality, and cost […]

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Authors: Jeongyoung Park | Xinxin Han | Patricia Pittman

Topics: Community Health Centers, Nursing, Scope of Practice (SOP)

August 16, 2019
This article examines the impact of expanded state scope of practice for nurse practitioners and physician assistants on primary care utilization in community health centers.
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Authors: Jean Moore | Nubia Goodwin

Topics: Oral Health, Scope of Practice (SOP)

March 20, 2019
This article discusses an infographic developed by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center that visually depicts state-level variation in scope of practice for dental hygienists to help better inform policy makers and other oral health stakeholders.
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Authors: Erica Richman | Brianna Lombardi | Lisa de Saxe Zerden | Randy Randolph

Topics: Behavioral Health, Education and Training, Primary Care, Scope of Practice (SOP)

November 5, 2018
This report expands on earlier work by analyzing data after implementation of the Affordable Care Act and after the expansion of the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, 2014 and 2017 federal initiatives to expand the behavioral health workforce in integrated settings.
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September 18, 2018
This 30-minute webinar covers the visualizations' functionality in detail, explaining the range of information captured, how to use the online tools, and what features will be added in the future. To view the tools, click here. If you have questions or feedback on the tools, please email
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September 17, 2018
This webinar highlights the research that supported the development of the DH scope of practice infographic.
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Authors: Angela Beck | Cory Page | Jessica Buche | Danielle Rittman | Maria Gaiser

Topics: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, Scope of Practice (SOP)

September 1, 2018
This report explores credential requirements, scope of practice elements, and Medicaid reimbursement rates for addiction counselors, community health workers, and peer recovery specialists across the country to better understand how these workers can contribute to behavioral health service delivery.
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March 13, 2018
This webinar provides an introductory overview of the oral health workforce in America and highlight key themes emerging from the OHWRC’s work, including: strategies that facilitate oral health integration with primary care, particularly among safety net providers in clinics as well as community based settings; oral health service innovation, etc.
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November 16, 2017
This webinar focuses on workforce configurations that support value based care. Presenters will describe changing workforce strategies in oral health, behavioral health, and primary care and consider issues such as emerging roles, scope of practice, and unique workforce challenges faced in rural communities.
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Authors: Margaret Langelier | Simona Surdu

Topics: Oral Health, Scope of Practice (SOP)

October 1, 2017
This article describes the comparison of state Dental Hygiene Professional Practice Index (DHPPI) scores in each of 3 years (2001, 2014, and 2016) to evaluate the impact of scope of practice expansions on oral health outcomes.
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