Credentialing & Privileging | 11.02.23
Nurse Staffing Firms in Louisiana Must Apply for Licensure by January 2024
The Louisiana Department of Health finalized its rule for the initial licensing of nurse staffing firms in Louisiana on Oct. 20. Under the new regulation, any nurse staffing firm operating within Louisiana must apply for licensure by Jan. 18, 2024, or stop operating within the state. Applicants are required to meet certain requirements for licensure. The final rule includes restrictions on conditions of employment and incentives for nurse staffing firm employees or contracted workers. It restricts the ability of nurse staffing firms to charge care facilities fees if a nurse staffing firm employee or contractor is hired as a permanent staffer. Once granted, a license to operate a nurse staffing firm is valid for a period of two years and must be renewed for the firm to continue operating beyond that period. Nurse staffing firms should become familiar with the final rule and assess its impact on their operations. Many health care facilities will need to amend their contracts and policies associated with nurse staffing firms to remain compliant.