AANEM joined a coalition this week to weigh in with the Louisiana state legislature on a pending bill that would severely restrict the use of professional certifications (e.g. the Certified Nerve Conduction Technologist (CNCT) certification from the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine) in the state.
Louisiana House Bill 748
, the “Occupational Licensing Review Act,” would prohibit use of the terms “certification” and “registration” for nongovernmental professional credentialing unless state law requires certification or registration to work in the profession (as it does for physicians).
AANEM is now part of a coalition led by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) that is working to oppose the bill. The bill, authored by Louisiana State Rep. Julie Emerson (R), has already made its way through the Louisiana House of Representatives and is set to be heard by the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, and International Affairs Committee within the next few days. Without significant opposition, the bill could pass before the Legislature’s targeted mid-May adjournment.
AANEM urges members in Louisiana who are concerned about this bill to contact their state senator
and voice their opposition to HB 748. If you would like assistance in contacting your senator, please contact AANEM’s health policy director, Millie Suk, JD, MPP, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. She can provide you with the contact information of your senator as well as a sample script.