MA tightens hospital employee licensing reviews

In the wake of a scandal over the falsified credentials of a state public hospital manager, the state's Department of Public Health (DPH) is going on the warpath. The DPH launched a comprehensive review of how it verifies professional licenses and credentials at public hospitals after a social services director at a Boston-area public hospital admitted she'd faked hers. The DPH has begun a program under which the four state-run hospitals re-evaluate their process for verifying professional licenses. The event that touched off the changes was the resignation of Sarah Pawa, who ran a department of seven people at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Pawa had claimed that she had a doctorate in education and a master's degree in social work from Boston University. She had also claimed that she was a practicing psychologist and clinical social worker.

To get more information on the review:
- read this article in The Boston Globe