Mass. Acupuncturist Disciplined for Flouting Mask Rules
A Massachusetts acupuncturist who failed to comply with the state’s mask order has had her license suspended, according to WHDH. On Aug. 31, Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine’s Committee on Acupuncture suspended the license of Qingping Joy Bai, calling her “a serious threat to public health, safety and welfare.” Bai admitted that neither she nor her patients wore masks during appointments.
Penn. Court Suspends Lawyer Who Bungled Case, Lied
On Sept. 9, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended the license of a lawyer who bungled client’s case, lied about it, then used his own money to give her a fake “settlement,” according to Pennlive.com. Peter Richard Henninger Jr. represented a woman who was hurt in 2014 when a hotel door closed on her leg. Henninger filed a notice to sue on her behalf in 2016, but repeatedly failed to respond to Schindler Elevator Corp.’s requests for medical records and for a settlement demand. A judge ultimately dismissed the case for lack of activity. Henninger later claimed falsely that he had been involved in negotiations about he case, then paid her $25,000 of his own money to fund a nonexistent settlement.
Mass. Eases Licensing Requirements for Health Care Workers
Massachusetts officials eased licensing requirements for out of state workers, as well as other healthcare workers to address staff shortages, along with a surge in COVID infections, according to Salem News on September 6. Under the new rules, out of state health care workers, licensed in another state and in good standing, receive a state license valid until December 31. In addition, the new rules enable nurses and specialized healthcare workers licensed in Massachusetts within the last 10 years, to get a temporary license.
Rural Hospitals Struggle to Hire Nurses Needed to Fight COVID
Rural hospitals across the United Sates struggle to hire the nurses they need, due to an aging workforce and population, along with smaller salaries and large workloads, according to Stateline on September 1. In Nebraska, desperate state officials try to recruit unvaccinated nurses from states that require a vaccination. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown announced the placement of 500 health care personnel in central and southern Oregon by using Jogan Health Solutions, a medical staffing company. And at South Dakota’s Monument Health in South Dakota, officials offer a $40,000 incentive to ICU nurses to work for two years.
Ala. Home Builders Board Warns of Home Repair Fraud During Cleanup from Ida
The Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board warned homeowners to understand the potential problems of working with unlicensed contractors, as homeowners hire contractors to repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Ida. According to St. Clair News-Aegis on August 30, Attorney General Steve Marshall warned Alabama residents of price gouging, as well as scams and fraud, during the storm damage repair. To check a builder’s license status, the Alabama HBLB and the Attorney General suggest you call 1-800-304-0853 or visit www.hblb.alabama.gov.
Okla. Pharmacists Quitting from COVID Burnout, Pharmacies Face Worker Shortage
According to News6 on August 30, Oklahoma pharmacists and pharmacy techs feel burned out from the third COVID wave. And with the stress, comes increased pharmacy workers leaving their jobs. Marty Hendrick with the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy says that “moving forward our board has said if you find that inadequate staffing is in position we are going to move forward with stronger regulations and stronger cases against pharmacies that can’t staff correctly.” According to Hendrick, the board not only focuses on public safety, but also the wellbeing of pharmacists and technicians.
Okla. Cosmetology Board Sees Danger of Now Legal At-home Haircuts
A new law went into effect allowing Oklahoma licensed cosmetologists and barbers to offer services inside their homes or clients’ homes, according to KFOR on August 25. Sherry G. Lewelling, Executive Director of the State Board of Cosmetology, says “to just leave it open ended where anyone can go in and go to anybody’s home and do anything they want, that’s a severe risk.” Lewelling especially sees issue with the part of the law that says that the services shall be provided privately and not subject to inspection, rules or regulations by the board.
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