that state licensing laws are hopelessly anachronistic. They could work (only in theory and not at all in practice) when practitioners were limited to one geographic area, but that certainly is NOT the case now. For Pete’s sake, I just talked over Skype to my daughter in Japan! She is just outside of Tokyo. She wished her mom happy birthday, by the way. The daughter is doing great. Oh, and neither of us paid one thin dime. The week before I interviewed two different people in Rome, Italy, for a legal case. While I sat in my office, naturally. Just an Internet connection needed!
Licensing itself is inherently bogus, but this is nothing but a travesty. So in many states you can, say, see a patient over video when you are both in the same state but if a patient moves a mile across a state border, you can’t. If they drove a mile or so, you would be a competent professional, but move the patient over one mile and suddenly you are a quack. HUH?!
The only real solution is that if we must have licensing at all (and I see no logical reason why we must), we need a national license. All those who currently have a state license are automatically grandfathered in. There is no B.S. CE for anyone, since many states have seen the folly of that worthless and unscientific practice and have gotten rid of it altogether (one time I sat through a day’s conference on a subject that I didn’t care at all about–losing both tuition and my fees for the day–and noted to myself that I really didn’t care if they talked about fluffy bunnies all day as long as I got my CE credits–others just played video games on their phones and iPads).
But of course, it is a cash cow for states and “big CE,” and the Leftists want to keep milking this infantilizing scheme for as long as possible. Yes, it damages people who need the services. Yes, it damages practitioners. But the government lackeys lust for control along with corporations’ mad dash for rent-seeking trumps all…