February 12, 2021

More than 29,500 health care jobs lost in January

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Residential Care Sector Drives Losses in Health Care Jobs

More than 29,500 health care jobs were lost in January, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. January’s losses were concentrated in nursing and residential care facilities, which lost 31,000 jobs. Health care sectors that added jobs include dentist offices, with 2,800 jobs gained, and physician offices, with 3,400 jobs gained, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Overall, the health care industry has lost 542,000 jobs since February 2020.

Okla. Eyebrow Threaders Sue Licensing Board

Two eyebrow threaders in Oklahoma City are suing the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology over requirements that threaders hold an esthetician license, according to KFOR4. The threaders argue that licensing coursework does not cover threading. The coursework is expensive, ranging from $3,000 to $15,000.

Miss. May Eliminate Licensing for Massage Therapists

Massage therapists, interior designers and people who fit wigs are among the professionals who may soon be allowed to practice in Mississippi without licenses. According to the Island Packet, Mississippi lawmakers are reviewing several bills that would eliminate licensing requirements for certain professions. Advocates of the bills say the changes enable more people to enter the workforce.

N.Y. Social Workers May Be Licensed to Offer Legal Services

A New York state court working group would like the state to train and license social workers to offer limited legal services to clients. According to the ABA Journal, the services would include court representation and advocacy. The change is intended to help people who can’t afford legal help when dealing with common problems like the threat of eviction and loss of child custody.

Federal Legislation Would Ease Telehealth During Pandemic

Congress is considering legislation that would allow healthcare providers to use telehealth technology to treat people in any state during the coronavirus pandemic. The Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment (TREAT) Act would allow providers who are licensed and in good standing in any state to treat patients remotely in other states without facing licensure penalties, according to mHealth Intelligence. Providers would have to notify licensing boards within 30 days of practicing in a new state.


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