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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.

Authors: Davis Patterson | Benjamin Stubbs | Nikiah Nudell

Topics: Scope of Practice (SOP)

March 3, 2022
This report examines the extent to which EMS professionals perform skills that correspond to the national Model credential levels and discusses variations in adherence to Model guidelines between agencies serving rural versus urban populations and agencies with volunteer versus paid staffing models.
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Health Professions Regulation in the US

Topics: Scope of Practice (SOP)

January 15, 2022

A key goal of health reform in the US 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: Natalia Oster | Susan Skillman | Bianca Frogner

Topics: COVID-19, Health Workforce Models and Projections, Scope of Practice (SOP), Staffing, Workforce Demand, Workforce Supply

June 3, 2021
This brief defines the range of work statuses that one can hold, identifies areas where overlap may create confusion, and discusses the potential long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment in the health care industry.
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Authors: Patricia Pittman | Julia Strasser | Margaret Ziemann | Noah Westfall | Rachel Banawa | Nicholas Chong

Topics: COVID-19, Data Visualization, Policy, Scope of Practice (SOP)

April 9, 2021
This interactive map tracks state-level emergency policies that expand the ability of specific groups to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
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State Responses to Address Workforce Needs in the Initial Wave of the Pandemic

Authors: David Armstrong | Dustin Moore | Jean Moore | Margaret Ziemann | Julia Strasser | Noah Westfall | Madeline Krips

Topics: COVID-19, Education and Training, Scope of Practice (SOP), Telehealth

March 11, 2021
This research brief summarizes findings on how states prepared for and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Themes include regulatory flexibility, surge capacity for acute care services, and impacts on both ambulatory care services and the health professions educational pipeline.
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