Says Ann Zenk, WHA Senior Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice, “COVID-19 magnified the need for Wisconsin to carefully target growth to the professions most in demand, and to use those professionals to the full extent of their education, training and experience. We must also provide the health care workforce with technology tailored to clinical need, not weighed down by regulatory requirements.” COVID has lifted some restrictions, at least briefly, Fratzke says, such as the ability to provide telemedicine to patients in neighboring states, even if the provider is only licensed in one state.
“Our burden is often around documentation pieces, things you do behind the scenes,” Fratzke says, noting nurses often spend half their time on this, leaving only 50% of their hours for patient interaction and care. Source
“We needed to do things differently during COVID and my hope is (health care regulators) realize we still provided outstanding, safe patient care despite some of those regulatory components being lifted temporarily, and that we learn that was a good thing and it’s not something to be worried about — it actually improves patient care,” Fratzke says.
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