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APPENDIX FMinnesota Sunrise Provisions MINNESOTA STATUTE 214 (ENACTED 1976), SECTION 214.001 Subdivasion 1. The legislature finds that the interests of the people of the state are served by the regulation of certain occupations. The legislature further finds: (1) that it is desirable for boards composed primarily of members of the occupations so regulated to be charged with formulating the policies and standards governing the occupation; (2) that economical and efficient administration of the regulation activities can be achieved through the provision of administrative services by departments of state government; and (3) that procedural fairness in the disciplining of persons regulated by the boards requires a separation of the investigative and pro- secutorial functions from the board's judicial responsibility. Subdivision 2. Criteria for regulation. The legislature declares that no reg- ulation shall be imposed upon any occupation unless required for the safety and well being of the citizens of the state. In evaluating whether an oc- cupation shall be regulated, the following factors shall be considered: (a) Whether the unregulated practice of an occupation may harm or endanger the health, safety and welfare of citizens of the state and whether the potential for harm is recognizable and not remote; (b) Whether the practice of an occupation requires specialized skill or training and whether the public needs and will benefit by assurances of initial and continuing occupational ability; (c) Whether the citizens of this state are or may be effectively protected by other means; - ,:~ ~ a - 319
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320 APPENDIX F (d) Whether the overall cost effectiveness and economic impact would be positive for citizens of the state. Subdivision 3. If the legislature finds after evaluation of the factors iden- tified in subdivision 2 that it is necessary to regulate an occupation not heretofore credentialed or regulated, then regulation should be imple- mented consistent with the policy of this section, in modes in the following order: (a) Creation or extension of common law or statutory causes of civil action, and the creation or extension of criminal prohibitions; (b) Imposition of inspection requirements and the ability to enforce violations by injunctive relief in the courts; (c) Implementation of a system of registration whereby practitioners who will be the only persons permitted to use a designated title are listed on an official roster after having met predetermined qualifications Enote that legislative action is not required herel; or (d) Implementation of a system of licensing whereby a practitioner must receive recognition by the state that he has met predetermined qualifica- tions, and persons not so licensed are prohibited from practicing. MINNESOTA RULES 4695.0800: FACTORS FOR DETERMINING THE NECESSITY OF REGULATION Subpart 1. Consideration of factors. In the review of an applicant group questionnaire, the subcommittee, council, and commissioner shall base their recommendation or decision as to whether or not the applicant group shall be regulated upon the factors contained in Minnesota Statutes, section 214.001, subdivision 2. Subpart 2. Factor of unregulated practice. In applying the factor of whether the unregulated practice of an occupation may harm or endanger the health, safety, and welfare of citizens of the state and whether the potential for harm is recognizable and not remote, at minimum the relevance of the following shall be considered: A. harm shall be construed to be a condition representative of physical, emotional, mental, social, financial, or intellectual impairment resulting from the functions rendered or failed to be rendered by the applicant group; B. potential for harm may be recognizable when evidenced by at least one or more of the following: expert testimony; client, consumer, or patient testimony; research findings; legal precedents, financial awards, or judicial rulings; C. potential for harm may be recognizable when evidenced by at least one or more of the following characteristics of the applicant group; .
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APPENDIX F 321 (1) inherently dangerous nature of the applicant group's functions; (2) dangerous nature of devices or substances used in performing applicant group's functions; (3) exercise by practitioners of the applicant groups of an observable degree of independent judgment when: identifying or evaluating a consumer's or client's symptoms; formulating a plan for consumer or client care, service delivery or treatment; and/or providing con- sumer or client care, delivering service, or implementing a plan of treatment; D. potential for harm may be remote when evidenced by at least one or more of the following: infrequent or rare instances of impairment; impairment which is minor in nature; or secondary or tertiary effects of the applicant group's function. Subf art 3. Occupation requiring special skillfactor. In applying the factor of whether the practice of an occupation requires specialized skill or training and whether the public needs and will benefit by assurances of initial and continuing occupational ability, the existence of the following items shall be considered as indicating that specialized skill or training or their con- . . . . . t~nuat~on Is required: A. that the functions performed by the practitioner are several and their performance necessitates a thorough understanding of the complex rela- tionship between those functions; B. that the one or more functions performed by the practitioner requires a detailed understanding of the specific components of the function and the relationship between the functions and the symptoms, problem, or condition that function is intended to address or ameliorate; C. that the absence of specialized skill or training is likely to increase the incidence and/or degree of harm as defined in subpart 2 to the con- sumer as client; and D. that there occur frequent or major changes in areas of skilled knowl- edge and technique of which the practitioner must keep informed in order to meet current standards. Subpart 4. Factor of more effective means. In applying the factor of whether the citizens of this state may be effectively protected by other means, at a minimum the relevance of the following shall be considered: A. Indicators of protection by other means shall include but not be limited to: (1) supervision by practitioners in a regulated occupation; (2) existence of laws governing devices and substances used in the occupation; (3) existence of laws governing the standard of practice; (4) existence of standards for professional performance;
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322 APPENDIX F (5) employment in licensed human service facilities which are re- quired to employ competent staff; (6) existence of federal licensing as credentialing mechanism; (7) existence of civil service procedures which effectively screen po- tential employees for competence; (8) graduation of members of the applicant group from an accred- ited educational institution or training program; (9) mandatory participation in on-thejob training programs which are required by law or by professional organization of the occupation; (10) existence of professional credentials and standards of perfor- mance which effectively sanction malpractice; and (11) existence of a national certification process which effectively attests to the competency of recognized professionals. B. Indicators of protection by other means shall be assessed and eval- uated at least in view of the extent to which they: (1) address all practitioners within an occupational group; (2) appear sufficient to protect the general public from harm caused by the practice of the occupation in question; and (3) appear to be permanent and ongoing mechanisms. Subpart 5. Overall cost effectiveness And economic impact. In determining whether the overall cost effectiveness and economic impact would be positive for citizens of the state, the following shall be considered: A. Positive cost effectiveness and economic impact results where the benefits expected to accrue to the public from a decision to regulate an occupation are greater than the costs resulting from that decision. (1) Cost effectiveness means the relationship of the benefits antici- pated from a decision to regulate an occupation to the overall costs to the public resulting from that decision. (2) Economic impact means the direct and indirect effects on the price and supply of services provided by the occupation under con- sideration for regulation. Direct effects include impacts on the cost and supply of practitioners who would be regulated. Indirect effects include: the degree to which the existing practitioners will be pre- cluded from practice because of regulation; the degree to which persons aspiring to practice the occupation, who if not for regulation could practice the occupation successfully, but will be prohibited be- cause of inability to meet entry requirements; impact on ability of minorities or protected classes to enter occupation; or impact on innovations in the delivery of care or services as a result of regulation. (3) Costs of a decision to regulate include the estimated costs to state and local governments of administering the proposed regulatory pro- gram; educational requirements and training costs including costs
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APPENDIX F 323 associated with experiential requirements of the proposed mode of regulation; and costs to the public such as reduced or increased access by potential or existing providers to labor markets. (4) Benefits of a decision to regulate an occupation include access to less expensive but similar providers; measurable improvements in quality of care; reductions in costs of services; process for seeking redress for injury from malpractice, or other unprofessional conduct; and reduction in the potential for public harm from unregulated practice. B. Cost effectiveness and economic impact can be evaluated through consideration of the following factors: (1) degree to which regulation directly or indirectly impacts the costs and prices of goods or services provided by applicant group; (2) impact upon the current and future supply of practitioners of the regulated occupation; (3) degree to which existing practitioners will be precluded from practice because of regulation; (4) impact, if any, on innovations in delivery of care or services as a result of regulation; (5) costs of additional education and training required as a result of the regulation of the occupation; (6) manner in which and degree to which regulation will result in improvement in the quality of care; (7) degree to which services of the applicant group substitute for currently regulated occupations and estimated comparative cost of applicant group and currently regulated practitioners; (8) degree to which services of the applicant group supplement cur- rently regulated occupations; (9) whether regulation confers or facilitates access to reimbursement for government assistance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; estimated impact on programs and budgets; and (10) impact on expenditures by government and private third party payers, if any, resulting from regulation of the occupation.
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