Assisting public members and the health professional oversight bodies on which they serve
Since 1987, CAC has been serving the public interest by enhancing the effectiveness and accountability of health professional oversight bodies. We offer training, research and networking opportunities for public members and for the health care regulatory, credentialing, and governing boards on which they serve.
Created as a support program for the thousands of public members serving on health professional boards as representatives of the consumer interest, CAC soon became a resource for the health professional boards themselves.
On May 20 and 21, 2014, CAC will present a meeting on Public Outreach. This year, the emphasis will be on reaching out to and involving community groups and their leaders in learning about and participating in the work of health licensing boards and national health certification agencies. You may download a Program and Meeting Registration Form.
In April 2013 CAC convened a two-day meeting to examine Outreach to the Public by Regulatory Boards and Certifying Bodies. Proceedings from the first day are available to download here.
Our 2014 annual meeting will be held on October 23 – 24 in Baltimore, Maryland. More information will be available as we get closer to the meeting.
Our 2013 annual meeting was held in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 - 30, 2013. The theme of the meeting was Regulation’s Impact on Access to Safe Affordable Care.
The purpose of state-based health professional licensing is to protect the public health and safety. Legislatures enact statutes and licensing boards promulgate rules with that purpose as their stated goal. But there are occasions in which laws and rules, inadvertently or not, erect obstacles that impede the public’s ready access to safe, affordable care. CAC’s 2013 Annual Meeting identified some of the impediments that regulations can create, showcased innovative regulatory policies and programs designed to overcome impediments, and proposed additional ideas for facilitating access.