One bill would expand the use of telehealth care, while another would allow Alaska to join a compact with other states to make it easier for nurses to be licensed in Alaska. Hospital leaders told lawmakers that it’s most important that the state act quickly, no matter the method.
Across the country, visitation policies have sparked vigorous debates and lawsuits from patients’ families over their right to enter hospitals.
The mayor’s Emergency Order 13 explicitly states that the order does not require a person with a disability to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition or disability.
Providence Alaska’s chief medical officer says the drive-thru is intended for people with mild symptoms, and they must have a referral from their health care provider or an urgent care clinic.