May 14, 2021

La. lets problem docs treat convicts

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La. Allows Problem Doctors to Treat Convicts

Most of Louisiana’s prison physicians have had their medical licenses restricted or suspended, according to an investigation by BuzzFeed News. Yet they’re allowed to care for the incarcerated because the Louisiana State Medical Board allows physicians barred from practicing at most hospitals to serve in certain “institutional” settings, including prisons. A federal judge ruled in April that the Louisiana Department of Corrections violated the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment.

Okla. Woman Says Hair Salon Burned Her Scalp

An Oklahoma woman alleged recently that an Oklahoma City salon burned her scalp when she visited to have her roots touched up for a job interview, according to KFOR. Victoria LoRusso said the color didn’t turn out right on the first attempt, so the salon decided to use a stronger bleach. In pain, LoRusso says she visited a doctor, who told her she had suffered a chemical burn. She has filed a complaint with the Oklahoma Board of Cosmetology.

Colo. Medical Board Sends Warning to Fake Doctor

The Colorado Medical Board has ordered a man posing as a physician to stop using a fake Colorado medical license, according to CBS4 in Denver. The man, Osborne Embiruka Nyandiva, applied for a faculty job at the University of Health Sciences Antigua, where administrators said his documentation appeared “very, very fake.” It was, the school learned when it contacted the Colorado Medical Board, which quickly issued a cease-and-desist order.

Texas Political Aide Arrested in Hemp-License Scheme

A top political consultant to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was arrested May 6 for his alleged role in a hemp-licensing scheme, according to The Texas Tribune. Consultant Todd Smith allegedly took $55,000 for the scheme, which promised licenses in exchange for money and campaign contributions. The licenses are issued by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Ariz. Gov. Takes Aim at Nursing Home Board

On May 3, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a bill to reauthorize the Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers, according to the Associated Press. He plans to eliminate the board and transfer its responsibilities to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Ducey cited an investigation by the Arizona Republic into poor board oversight.

Texas Senate OKs Permitless Carry Bill

The Texas Senate passed a bill May 5 that will allow people 21 and older to carry handguns without a state license, according to The Hill. A similar bill passed the House, and the legislation now awaits the signature of Gov Greg Abbott. Current state law requires a license, safety course and background check. Twenty other states allow some form of permitless carry.

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