Co-hosted with the  Arkansas Center for Research in Economics, this symposium will cover important new work on scope of practice regulations, as well as advice on how to research and publish in health policy. 

Each session will feature a panel of experts and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. Each panel will be followed by small breakout discussion groups where you’ll have the opportunity to raise questions related to your research or more general questions about publishing successfully in health policy. 

This program was conceptualized and created with Dr. Alicia Plemmons of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Dr. David “Mitch” Mitchell of the University of Central Arkansas.

IHS and ACRE are also hosting a small workshop in Portland, OR in July 2022 where participants can receive individualized feedback from their peers and experienced researchers in health policy through a moderated round-table discussion. You can learn more and submit a paper to be considered for inclusion here.

Session 1

Labor Market Effects of Scope of Practice Policies

January 28th, 2022
3:00 – 6:00 PM ET

Panelists: Dr. Shishir Shakya (Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania), More to be Announced

Scope of practice affects the job attributes and level of autonomy that practitioners, such as nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, etc. have over their jobs. These laws vary widely by states and can include collaboration and supervision requirements. This workshop analyses the implications of these state-level scope of practice laws and medical licensure requirements on the mobility, supply, and other labor market decisions of both individual practitioners and firms.

Session 2

Health Outcomes under Scope of Practice and Medical Licensure

February 23rd, 2022
3:00 – 6:00 PM ET

Panelists: Dr. Bobby Chung (St. Bonaventure University), Dr. Benjamin McMichael (University of Alabama School of Law)

The debate on scope of practice and medical licensure expansions for healthcare workers has focused around the central debate on the effects on quality and safety of patient care. This workshop discusses this debate and analyzes the health care utilization and outcomes under various legal systems for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentists, hygienists, and many other occupations.

Session 3

Cost of Care and Prices with Scope of Practice

March 25th, 2022
3:00 – 6:00 PM ET

Panelists: Dr. Lusine Poghasyan (Columbia University School of Nursing), Dr. Edward Timmons (West Virginia University)

Reimbursement rates differ across practitioner types, and in some cases, expansions to scope of practice can provide an important form of affordable healthcare for marginalized communities. This workshop discusses the current data and literature on scope of practice and medical licensure expansions and their effect on the cost of providing care and the prices faced by the insurer and patient.


You may elect to attend one, two, or all three sessions. Please come prepared to share your ideas for future academic research or public-facing work such as op-eds.

Following the panels, there will be a breakout session where audience members will have the chance to discuss with speakers and fellow participants their own ideas and questions about the topic. One aim of the event is for participants to come away with fresh ideas for academic research or publicly facing work such as op-eds and popular journal articles, so please come ready to discuss your own thoughts at the breakouts.  

If you have research interests in questions surrounding this topic, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity.