Ore. Doctor Steven LaTulippe Loses License for Anti-Mask Behavior
The Oregon Medical Board has revoked the license of a doctor who refused to follow COVID guidelines in his office and spread misinformation about masks. In addition to revoking Steven LaTulippe’s license, the board also fined him $10,000, according to The Oregonian. The board suspended LaTulippe’s license in late 2020 after discovering that he’d asked patients to remove masks in his office. LaTulippe also made anti-mask comments during an election rally on Nov. 7, according to The Oregonian.
Mass. Audit: Most Licenses OK’d Without Required Checks
A state audit has found no evidence that Massachusetts’ Division of Professional Licensure has performed required criminal record checks for more than two-thirds of applicants granted licenses during a 30-month period. According to The Boston Globe, the audit also found no evidence that the licensing division conducted required sex offender checks on more than 40 percent of applicants. The audit was spurred by a Globe investigation that found the division had issued licenses to people with serious criminal records, including sex offenders.
Mich. Man Sues District for Allegedly Racist Haircut
A Michigan man has sued Mount Pleasant Public Schools, alleging that a school employee engaged in race-based discrimination by cutting his biracial daughter’s hair without parental permission. According to The Washington Post, a fellow student cut the hair of Jimmy Hoffmeyer’s 7-year-old daughter on the school bus. Hoffmeyer, who is black, took his daughter to a hair salon, which mitigated the damage by giving her an asymmetrical haircut. Days later, without asking for permission, a white school librarian trimmed her hair to make it symmetrical. In response to Hoffmeyer’s suit, which alleges that the unsanctioned haircut was racially motivated, the school board commissioned a third-party investigation, which found no evidence of racial bias.
Miss. Doctor Forms Anti-Mandate Group
A Mississippi doctor has created a group to oppose a policy adopted by the state licensing board discouraging the spread of COVID misinformation. Mississippi Against Mandates founder John Witcher believes the Board of Medical Licensure’s policy is a response to an anti-mandate billboard his group has erected. According to WLBT.com, the licensing board says that doctors are free to share their opinions without fear of sanctions, including license revocation. But in doing so, they must separate their personal opinions from professionally delivered opinions. Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson recently sent a letter to the licensing board that characterizes the policy as an “overreach of authority.”
Pa. Health-Care Waivers Set to Expire Amid Concerns
Regulatory waivers created last year to help fight COVID in Pennsylvania expire in September, possibly exacerbating a healthcare staffing shortage. The waivers, created by Gov. Tom Wolf, allow out-of-state providers to practice as well as retired professionals and those with lapsed licenses. According to Spotlight PA, some in the healthcare field believe the waivers should continue amid the ongoing pandemic.
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