Telehealth Model Legislation—A Comparison of Bills and Guidelines
The American Medical Association (AMA), Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently developed model telehealth bills and guidelines for states to review when updating their post-public health emergency telehealth laws, policies and regulations. The newsletter article from JD Supra on June 27 compares the key components of the model telehealth bills and guidelines from these organizations. The article includes both high-level and detailed comparisons, including how the bills and guidelines differ across key policy areas.
Mass. Gun Licensing Rules Impacted by High Court Ruling
Considering a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Massachusetts’ attorney general said Massachusetts’ police chiefs can no longer deny or restrict gun licenses because they believe the person doesn’t have a “good reason” to carry. Attorney General Maura Healey offered the guidance July 1, following a decision overturning a New York gun permitting law; the law stated that New York residents needed to show proper cause or an actual need to carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense. “Going forward, if an applicant is not a prohibited person and is not unsuitable, the applicant must be issued an unrestricted license to carry,” explained Healey in Western Mass News on July 5.
Iowa Licensing Board Warns Pharmacy Worker Convicted of Fraud
The Iowa Board of Pharmacy ruled that a pharmacy worker convicted of stealing from a charity, as well as defrauding a real estate investor, will still be allowed to work in the profession. According to the Iowa Capital Dispatch on July 5, Gregory Judas of Grimes is allowed to perform non-technical duties at an Iowa pharmacy. In September 2021, Judas pleaded guilty to mail fraud. The charge related to allegations that he took $120,000 from an investor for a fictitious retirement center in Ames; according to prosecutors, he spent the money on living expenses.
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