Professional Licensure Bill Amended
KAFP has been working with the House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee to ensure that a bill relaxing professional licensure standards would be amended to ensure strong licensure standards for the practice of medicine are not compromised.
Earlier in the session, KAFP entered legislative testimony opposing HB 2066, a bill that would expand provisions in state law related to expedited licensure for military service members and their spouses, to include all out of state applicants. KAFP opposed the expansion primarily due to the bill’s striking of language that a licensing body authorize licensure based on standards that “are equivalent to” and amending to say “a similar scope of practice.”
While the bill required an “essentially equivalent” standard for all professions regulated by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, it applied a “similar scope of practice” to all other health care professions.
Last week KAFP sent a communication to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Chris Croft (R-Overland Park), stating the following:
KAFP urges “HB 2066 be amended to include the Board of Nursing and other health care professions in the Board of Healing Arts section of the bill. We believe the nature of medical practice and health care delivery sets it apart from other professions in HB 2066 and should, therefore, require a higher standard for scope of practice.”
In committee action on Monday, Rep. Croft responded by offering an amendment clarifying that the scope of practice provided in Kansas law was to apply to all applicants under the bill. The original bill left open the opportunity for a scope determined by an applicant’s originating state’s licensure. The bill, as amended, passed the committee favorably and will move on for debate in the full House.
Late last week, SB 137 was introduced and is nearly identical to the original HB 2066. KAFP plans to work the same way with the Senate Commerce Committee to ensure the practice of medicine remains securely regulated in Kansas.