Bill description: SB 1242 opens up the number of people who qualify for a nursing home administrator’s license.
Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market?
Idaho law requires anyone who wants to become a nursing home administrator to be licensed, and it offers two ways a person may fulfill the educational requirements of licensure. An applicant can have a master’s degree in health administration with an emphasis in long-term care. Alternately, the applicant can have a master’s degree in health administration, paired with management experience in a long-term care facility.
This bill would open up the number of people who qualify to enter this occupation by simply changing the second route to licensure. Instead of having a master’s degree specifically in health administration, applicants could have any master’s degree, as long as it has an emphasis in health care. And the accompanying experience could be with inpatient care, not only in a long-term care facility.