A bill passed last week in the state Legislature aims to protect rural hospitals from having to compete with freestanding EDs that do not offer inpatient services, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Alabama, Louisiana, and Maryland.
- Alabama: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Thursday signed into law a bill that will allow nurses who do not have an Alabama nursing license to practice in the state if they have a multi-state license. Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann with the Alabama State Nurses Association said the law will decrease nurse-to-patient ratios and ensure that "there is more individualized attention for patients." The law is scheduled to take effect on Aug. 1, but multi-state licenses will not be issued until Jan. 1, 2019, according to the Alabama Board of Nursing (Nusbaum, 6WBRC, 6/6).
- Louisiana: Louisiana lawmakers last week passed a bill that would mostly ban the establishment of new, freestanding EDs in the state. The bill also would prohibit hospitals from establishing off-site EDs located in the primary service area of a rural hospital. Lawmakers said the law would prevent rural hospitals from having to compete with freestanding EDs that offer emergency care, but not inpatient services. The bill now heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) (Porter, Health Leaders Media, 6/7).
- Maryland: Bon Secours Mercy Health on Thursday announced that Brian White will be president of the health system's Atlantic Group, which manages the New York, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina markets. White, who previously served as executive VP of LifeBridge Health in Maryland, assumed the role as president of Bon Secours Mercy's eastern region in April (Kacik, Modern Healthcare, 6/6).
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