August 6, 2021

Iowa Doctor Faces Fifth Round of Licensing Sanctions

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Iowa Doctor Faces Fifth Round of Licensing Sanctions

An Iowa doctor disciplined by the state licensing board on four previous occasions now faces allegations of incompetence, according to the Iowa Capital Dispatch. Lynette Iles, who practices family medicine, was sanctioned four times by the Iowa Board of Medicine between 2009 and 2017 for a variety of failures, including failure to maintain professional boundaries with patients to failing to provide obstetrical care. In 2017, a jury deemed her negligent in the care of a pregnant patient and her child, who sustained brain damage prior to birth, and awarded the woman $18.1 million. The medical board has not disclosed the basis for its most recent action.

Tenn. Nurse Who Gave Wrong Drug Loses License

The Tennessee Board of Nursing has revoked the license of a nurse accused of administering a fatal dose of the wrong medication. In 2012, according to WKRN, Rodonda Vaught gave a woman awaiting a PET scan a drug that causes paralysis rather than the sedative ordered by the woman’s doctor. She died within 20 minutes. Vaught has been charged with reckless homicide and abuse of an impaired adult.

La. Contractor Sues Licensing Board Following Revocation

A Louisiana contractor has sued the state contractors’ licensing board, which voted to revoke his license in July. According to WBRZ, Coastal Bridge LLC owner Kelly Sills has defaulted on road projects and failed to pay employees’ health insurance premiums. In his suit, Sills alleges that the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors has exceeded its authority and deprived his company of due process.

Ill. Governor Signs Gun Law Overhaul

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed gun-control bill Aug. 2 that will make several changes to state statute. According to Capital News Illinois, it requires the state police to create a “prohibited persons portal” to track people who have their firearm owner ID cards revoked or suspended. It also requires the state police to develop a stolen gun database and to monitor federal databases for residents charged with firearm-related crimes.

Ind. Doctor Targets DEA with Opioid Petition

More than 3,500 people have signed a petition circulated by an Indiana doctor who opposes the Drug Enforcement Administration’s oversight of physicians. According to the Chicago Tribune, Jay Joshi has served 11 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. Joshi now calls his guilty plea a mistake and characterizes his prosecution as a product of government hysteria over opioids. His petition would restrict the oversight of the DEA, which grants licenses that allow doctors to prescribe controlled substances.

Many States Have Updated Policing Laws

Following protests spurred by the death of George Floyd in 2020, many states made sweeping changes to policing laws, according to Stateline. Many of these limit the use of force by police officers and require more detailed collection of enforcement data. Other laws address training, body cameras, disciplinary records, investigations and decertification procedures.


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