Kan. EMS Board Requests Probe after Man Left to Die
The Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services has asked for an investigation of Sedgwick County EMS Medical Director Dr. John Gallagher for his handling of a Wichita suicide call in 2019. According to The Wichita Eagle, seven area emergency responders declined to take the suicide victim to a hospital only five minutes away, even though the man had a pulse and labored breathing. According to the Eagle, Gallagher went to the man’s apartment after he shot himself in the head and declared him “unsalvageable.” He was left on the floor of his apartment for five hours before being taken to hospice to die.
Wis. Telemedicine Doc Pleads Guilty to Fraud
A Wisconsin doctor pled guilty to health care fraud March 31 for his role in a scheme to defraud Medicare by ordering unnecessary equipment, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Between 2017 and 2020, while working for various telemedicine companies, Ravi Murali ordered medical braces for patients regardless of need, then collected money related to Medicare billing. He faces 10 years in prison.
Minn. Venison Processors Fight Licensure
Legislation under consideration in Minnesota would overturn a 2020 law that requires venison processors to become licensed and follow numerous state requirements, according to the Alexandria Echo Press. Many of the processors who are affected by licensure requirements are small business owners who say they cannot afford to meet new state requirements, which include the installation of nonporous walls and ceilings and commercial coolers.
Minn. Teacher Board Backs Controversial Licensure Bill
Legislation that would change teacher licensure requirements in Minnesota has pitted the state’s professional licensure board against advocates who believe the changes will reduce the number of minority teachers in the classroom. As reported by the Sahan Journal, Minnesota has a tiered system that allows people with limited formal training to teach. By spending time in the classroom, Tier 1 and Tier 2 teachers eventually can attain Tier 3 and Tier 4 statuses. The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board has proposed legislation that would increase standards for upper-tier certification. While some advocacy groups say the changes will harm minority teachers disproportionately, the licensing board argues that standards for Tier 3 licensure are so low that many other states will not offer reciprocity.
Mich. Barber Fined for Protesting COVID Orders
The Michigan Board of Barber Examiners voted March 29 to fine an Owosso barber who cut hair on the state Capitol steps to protest COVID restrictions. According to The Detroit News, Karl Manke plans to appeal the $9,000 fine, which also applies to three sanitation and equipment violations. Among the violations: Manke carried a comb in his pocket and allowed neck and hair guards to accumulate on the floor of his shop.
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