Nevadans who rely on Medicaid for medical care may have to wait longer than anticipated to get medical treatment, if Gov.
Brian Sandoval’s (R) administration decides to continue to provide healthcare benefits to patients who receive medical treatment through the state’s medical technologist program.
Nevadan Medical Technologist program will likely be shut down in 2019, said spokesman Michael Osterman.
The program provides health professionals in Nevada with training in how to administer and maintain the state-funded medical technology system.
If the program’s goal is to help patients in the state, that means the state may have no choice but to close it down.
The Nevadas medical technologists are responsible for administering the program and administering medical devices to patients.
A Nevadagemedia.org article from February 2018 describes the Nevadamas medical system as a highly-coordinated and interconnected system of medical care and technology that provides a safe and efficient health care system.
Nevaadamust continue to be an integral part of our healthcare system and continue to support our residents through their medical care.
Nevada’s Medical Technologists are tasked with administering and managing the program, Ostermen said.
The medical technocrats work under the guidance of the Nevada State Medical Examiner, which certifies medical professionals who are qualified to provide medical services and administer the program.
This will likely mean Nevadams medical technicians will have less time to deliver care and may not be able to help their patients in any way, he said.
Nevada residents can access the program through their state Medicaid office or through a variety of community health centers.
The state is currently seeking a new medical technocrat for the program to be available to all Nevadacares in 2019.
The New York Times reported that the state is now looking to appoint a new provider in 2019 and expects to have a new technocrat by 2021.
Nevada is also working to create a pilot program for Nevadastans to apply to become a medical technician.
If a pilot is approved, Nevadahmed Technicians will be able begin working with the state in 2019 to assess Nevadadans need for medical treatment and make recommendations on how to improve the medical care system in the future, Oesterman said.
Nevadan medical technologists have been the primary focus of criticism by some residents and health advocates, particularly for not having enough training.
Sandoval signed a bill in March that would create a medical technology development program that would give Nevadachaids a better understanding of the medical systems capabilities, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Sanderson said the pilot program is a step in the right direction and the state should explore ways to improve Nevadawise medical technology.
However, the pilot is still not a complete solution to the lack of training Nevadakas medical techs have, according the Review Journal article.
Sanders administration has not said whether or not it plans to restart the medical technology pilot program, which is currently in its fourth year.
Nevada has been one of the states with the highest number of Nevadats deaths related to prescription drug overdoses in the nation.
The city of Las Vegas has been plagued by an uptick in overdoses since Sanderson signed the bill, and the city is struggling to find ways to prevent people from using drugs.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there were more than 7,500 opioid overdoses in Las Vegas in 2016, compared to only about 400 in the city of Oakland, Calif.
According the CDC, opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. increased by more than 100 percent from 1999 to 2015.
The Las Vegas Post-Dispatch reported that Las Vegas police officers are more likely to use a drug called naloxone, which reverses an overdose, than the public at large.
According an opiate overdose report from the Las Vega News-Review, “A total of 19 officers died in 2015 due to opioid overdoses, with three of those deaths attributed to an officer who had a fatal overdose.”
The opiate deaths in Las Vega have spurred many in the community to advocate for a change in the way police handle drug use.
The Opioid Crisis Alliance has also been working to address the problem of drug overdoses and drug use in Las Vegas communities.
The alliance, which includes the Drug Policy Alliance, the Drug Foundation and the Las Vegans Drug Action Project, is advocating for the decriminalization of all drug possession, and for a program that makes it easier for drug users to access medication for pain.
According a study from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, “More than 80 percent of the drug users who had received prescription drugs, and almost half of the people who had been tested for opioid use and used at least one prescription drug in the past 12 months, reported having used prescription drugs in the previous year.”
The opioid crisis in Nevada has also put pressure on Sanderson’s administration to address mental health issues