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Examining impact of High Court decision on dental and other licensing boards

About Mary Otto

Mary Otto, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer, is AHCJ's topic leader on oral health and the author of "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America." She can be reached at mary@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Shazam791 via Flickr

Photo: Shazam791 via Flickr

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in February that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners lacked the authority to regulate teeth-whitening businesses, experts observed that the decision might have impact far beyond the world of dentistry.

Licensing boards regulate hundreds of occupations across the country, everything from medicine and law to bee-keeping and fortune telling. Often the boards are comprised of members of the profession they are regulating. And as in the North Carolina case, there are times when these regulatory bodies run afoul of federal antitrust laws intended to ensure consumer choice and greater access to services. Continue reading

‘Prescription for Disaster’ reporter wins Livingston

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

John Dickerson, a 26-year-old reporter for the Phoenix New Times, won the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in the local reporting category for  stories about the Arizona Medical Board’s lax rules regarding physicians’ drug abuse.

Dickerson’s investigation revealed the state’s five-year monitoring period for physicians who had entered rehab for substance abuse to be inadequate, as a high percentage of those allowed to practice medicine (75 percent of a 20-physician total) relapsed after the monitoring window had expired.

Other stories in the award-winning series include: