A Maryland legislative Committee has called for require state licensing of medical staffing companies after a radiographer was accused of exposing hundreds of Maryland citizens to hepatitis C.
It looks like the measure may pass:
State health officials said the licensing of staffing companies is the first step in fixing systemwide holes that … exposed thousands of others in several other states as well…. The legislation would update current law that requires nursing and home health staffing agencies to get licensed by the Office of Health Care Quality. The proposed changes would require staffing agencies that place any health care worker to be licensed….
State health officials are also going to look at strengthening the licensing process of radiographers and other contract health workers. The state report also recommended expanding immunity laws to make health workers more comfortable with reporting suspicious co-workers and standardizing drug diversion programs at hospitals.
If you have questions regarding licensure for medical or other health care staffing companies or practitioners, contact our licensing and regulatory team at the Cohen Healthcare Law Group.