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A.B. 1972 - Allied Health Credentialing Issues

04/25/2014

Sponsor: Assemblymember Brian Jones (R)

Summary: Current version (3/28/2014): Stipulates that any person applying for licensure who provides evidence that he or she passed the National Board for Respiratory Care’s certified respiratory therapist examination prior to January 1, 2015, shall not be required to pass the registered respiratory therapist examination, if there is no evidence of prior license or job-related discipline, as determined by the Respiratory Care Board of California in its discretion.

Current version (3/28/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1951-2000/ab_1972_bill_20140328_amended_asm_v98.pdf

Introduced version: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1951-2000/ab_1972_bill_20140219_introduced.pdf

Status: Introduced 2/19/2014. Referred to Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection 3/3/2014. Amended by author; referred to Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection 3/28/2014. Hearing held; passed Committee; referred to Committee on Appropriations 4/8/2014. Hearing scheduled 4/30/2014.

Outlook: The hearing will be open to the public. Public testimony will be accepted. Written testimony should be submitted in advance of the scheduled hearing. A vote may be taken at the discretion of the committee chair.

This measure passed the Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, 14-0, and was referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The California Society for Respiratory Care, California Hospital Association and the Respiratory Care Board support this measure. There is no registered opposition on file.

The author amended this measure out of committee. The March 28 amendment makes technical changes to the bill.

According to the author, "Since 1985, the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC) has offered two credentials specific to respiratory care that are both nationally recognized: (1) The Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) - entry level credential and (2) the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential - advanced level credential. For approximately 25 years, the Board has recognized the passage of the CRT examination as the minimum exam requirement for licensure as a respiratory care practitioner (RCP). Advancements in technology and accreditation standards coupled with the restructuring of nationally recognized exams, will make the current requirement to pass the CRT exam for licensure as an RCP inadequate, outdated and insufficient in meeting the Board's consumer protection mandate or the needs of the healthcare industry."

The sponsor is a member of the minority party. Democrats control both chambers of the Legislature as well as the office of the Governor.

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