2020 has been a year of adaptation for those in the medical field. Doctors, nurses and medical professionals throughout the health care system must adapt to the changes that have come with the Coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals were reconfigured to better ensure they could serve patients, many elective procedures were postponed or canceled and those providing care were required to take additional steps to protect themselves and their patients from exposure to the virus.
A nurse from Texas with over two decades of experience recently filed a civil suit against a local hospital. The lawsuit states the hospital moved forward with illegal retaliation when officials decided to fire the nurse for making complaints about patient safety within the facility. Here is a timeline of how the issue progressed:
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON), a part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) for almost 20 years, recently announced proposed changes to the NLC agreement. Participation in the NLC allows for nurses to have mobility across state boarders. This increases a patient’s access to care while also increasing the nurse’s ability to practice in their chosen profession.
Getting a permit to practice respiratory care in Texas is not an easy task. Those who are interested in this profession must go through training as well as a two-part application process.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) recently reminded nurses of the consequences that can come with balance billing. Texas lawmakers recently changed the rules that govern balance billing, also known as surprise billing, with Senate Bill 1264. Lawmakers wrote the bill to protect consumers from unexpected medical bills and went into effect January 1, 2020.
Officials with the Eastern District of Texas charged a local nurse of violating the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). According to the allegations, the registered nurse owned a health care services company that provided home health services to patients. The prosecution stated the nurse ran afoul of the law when she made payments to community liaisons to encourage Medicare beneficiaries to use her services.
The new coronavirus was recently officially labeled a pandemic. As the number of confirmed cases throughout the country continues to grow, the odds health care professionals will come into contact with COVID-19 become more likely.
The new coronavirus has resulted in concern throughout the country. People are taking precautions to help reduce their risk of exposure, but no one faces greater risk then those on the front lines, those who willingly deal with this and other dangerous illnesses on a daily basis.
Two nurses had set out to take a trip together. Upon their return, airport authorities flagged the two for a search. During the search, authorities claim to have found approximately 700 Tramadol pills.
Texas and states throughout the country are in the midst of a nursing shortage. The problem is so serious, that the dean of the Texas A&M College of Nursing recently testified before a U.S. committee. The testimony included a discussion on innovations within academic nursing. Hospitals throughout the state are struggling to find nurses to provide quality care to patients. According to this educational leader, one potential answer to this shortage is increased reliance on technological innovations.