Arrest Serves as a Reminder: Consider Running Candidates Through the Sex Offender Registry

Arrest Serves as a Reminder: Consider Running Candidates Through the Sex Offender Registry

A New Mexico physician assistant was arrested recently on charges he sexually abused a child repeatedly—years after being granted probation after being charged with enticement of a minor in Utah. He was denied a license in Utah for that reason in 2009, but was granted a PA license in New Mexico less than a year later. PAs are certified nationally, but licensed at the state level. JUCM published an original article on this very topic …

Should an Urgent Care Operator Check the National Sex Offender Registry When Hiring Employees?

Should an Urgent Care Operator Check the National Sex Offender Registry When Hiring Employees?

Urgent message: Failure to identify risks in a new hire’s background can result in “negligent hiring” liability for an urgent care operator, but there are also limitations in what information a center can seek on an applicant. The approximately 7,100 urgent care centers in the United States employ physicians, NPs, PAs, RNs, medical assistants, technicians, and receptionists who provide walk-in patients with medical care for minor health conditions without an appointment. Most urgent care centers …

Operators May Not Be to Blame When a Physician Assaults a Patient—but They’re Sure to Pay the Price

Operators May Not Be to Blame When a Physician Assaults a Patient—but They’re Sure to Pay the Price

An urgent care physician in the San Francisco Bay area was arrested recently on suspicion of sexual battery. A patient charged that he made repeated, unwanted sexual advances and even forced himself on her three times. Local media reports raise the specter that there could be other victims yet to come forward. There’s no indication that his employer had any idea about his alleged predatory behavior, and at this point there’s no indication that they’ll …

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Know Your Employees’ Histories—for the Safety of Your Patients and Your Practice

Know Your Employees’ Histories—for the Safety of Your Patients and Your Practice

An urgent care center in Pecos County, Texas is finding out the hard way that not knowing the details of your employees’ histories is a recipe for disaster. A physician assistant working at the clinic has had his license temporarily (for now) suspended after being indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault on a child. It’s alleged that the offense took place before he was hired, during a wellness exam …

Tattoos and Piercings: What the Urgent Care Provider Needs to Know

Tattoos and Piercings: What the Urgent Care Provider Needs to Know

Urgent message: Tattoos and piercings are becoming commonplace, but patients who experience complications with these forms of body art may present to urgent care centers, as access to dermatology and plastics specialists frequently requires a referral or extended wait periods. The urgent care provider should possess a working knowledge about how tattoos and piercings are performed, how to recognize the complications, and how to treat them appropriately. Tracey Quail Davidoff, MD  TATTOOS Introduction The term …