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date: 18 September 2019

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This chapter focuses on the structure underlying governmental oversight of healthcare quality. It first defines three terms associated with government controls on the provision of healthcare services: licensure, registration, and certification. It then compares private quality-control mechanisms with state and federal quality-control regulation, and addressesfederalism in licensure and Medicare/Medicaid certification. It also describes standards that measure the quality of care as part of quality-control regulation of healthcare professionals and facilities before turning to informed consent-based alternatives to restrictive licensure standards and the scope-of-practice regulation. Finally, it looks at scope-of-practice conflicts illustrated by professional and lay assistance at childbirth and whether the practice of midwifery falls within the practice of medicine or nursing.

Keywords: governmental oversight, healthcare, licensure, registration, certification, federalism, quality of care, quality control, informed consent, scope-of-practice regulation

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