Conn. Board Allows Suspended Doc. to Practice Telemedicine
The Connecticut Medical Board has voted to allow a doctor whose license has been suspended in several states to practice telemedicine in Connecticut, the New Haven Register reports. The board suspended the license of Roozbeh Badii in November after learning that he had been disciplined in Maryland and Virginia. The suspension was to remain in place pending a hearing on Badii’s fitness to practice. However, the hearing was waived after Badii accepted the terms of a consent order that places his license on probation for two years but allows him to provide telehealth services.
W. Va. Legislation Would Ease Licensing Requirements
The West Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill Feb. 22 that would reduce licensing requirements for a number of professions, including elevator mechanics, electricians and plumbers. The bill is a companion to a bill approved earlier that would require the state to recognize professional licenses issued by other states, according to The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.
$400K Licensing Probe Draws Scrutiny in Mo. Legislature
Democrats on Missouri’s House Budget Committee are pushing the state’s gaming commission to release a report on licensing investigations that cost nearly $400,000, according to St. Louis Public Radio. When asked about the report during a Feb. 18 committee meeting, gambling commission Deputy Director Tim McGrail said the agency did not have a copy of the report and considered it “a closed record.” The money spent on the report otherwise would have been used to support nursing homes operated by the Missouri Veterans Commission.
Mo. Lawmakers May Make Curbside Cocktails Permanent
The Missouri Legislature is considering a bill that would make a temporary rule allowing curbside cocktails permanent. According to the Associated Press, the bill’s purpose is to help restaurants affected by the COVID pandemic make up for lost sales.
Ohio Licensing Board Creates Support-Animal Guidelines
Ohio’s Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board has helped to develop guidelines for emotional support animals, or ESAs, to reduce housing-related fraud, according to FOX8. ESAs are not service animals, which are trained to do work for the benefit of people with disabilities. Service animals, unlike ESAs, are allowed by law to enter public spaces and businesses. ESAs do provide comfort, however, and licensed therapists in Ohio may provide letters certifying animals as ESAs. Such certification helps renters avoid pet deposits and pet prohibitions.
COVID Vaccine Reduces Fear of Visiting Doctor
Americans are becoming more comfortable visiting hospitals and doctors’ offices as COVID vaccinations increase, according to Healthgrades’ Feb. 18 COVID-19 Patient Confidence Study. As reported by Becker’s Hospital Review, 72% of respondents say they’d be comfortable going to see a primary care physician, up from 40% in April 2020.
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