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Anne Dunlop, MD

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
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October 2016Competitive Effects of Scope of Practice Restrictions: Public Health or Public Harm?
with Sara Markowitz, E. Kathleen Adams, Mary Jane Lewitt, PhD, CNM: w22780
The demand for health care and healthcare professionals is predicted to grow significantly over the next decade. Securing an adequate health care workforce is of primary importance to ensure the health and wellbeing of the population in an efficient manner. Occupational licensing laws and related restrictions on scope of practice (SOP) are features of the market for healthcare professionals and are also controversial. At issue is a balance between protecting the public health and removing anticompetitive barriers to entry and practice. In this paper, we examine the controversy surrounding SOP restrictions for certified nurse midwives (CNMs). We use the variation in SOP laws governing CNM practice that has occurred over time in a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the effect of the la...

Published: Sara Markowitz & E. Kathleen Adams & Mary Jane Lewitt & Anne L. Dunlop, 2017. "Competitive effects of scope of practice restrictions: Public health or public harm?," Journal of Health Economics, .

 
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