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Licensing of health professionals

Published (4/29/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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A handful of health professions can expect technical changes to licensing requirements, under a new law signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty April 26.

Sponsored by Rep. Maria Ruud (DFL-Minnetonka) and Sen. Ann Lynch (DFL-Rochester), the law makes the following changes to professions licensed under the Department of Health:

• amends requirements for audiologists and speech-language pathologists turning in documentation of continuing education completion;

• removes a requirement that speech-language pathologists and audiologists respond to a request from the department or advisory council by certified mail;

• specifies that an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant applying for licensure four or more years after completing credentialing requirements must complete 480 hours of supervised experience within six months and may do so at their place of work; and

• amends requirements for temporary licensure as an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.

Effective Aug. 1, 2010, the law also allows outpatient surgical centers to be accredited by any group recognized as an accreditation organization by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

HF2969/ SF2851*/CH274

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