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Oklahoma Legislature significantly expands peer review privilege

Oklahoma’s peer review statute provides that peer review information is private, confidential, and privileged. It encourages health care professionals to police themselves by evaluating their peers. It also promotes the...more

Final CMS CoPs: Navigating Revised Medical Staff Standards and New Requirements

In this presentation: - Hospital Governing Board - Hospital Medical Staff – Membership - Hospital Medical Staff – Separate or Unified? - Ordering Hospital Outpatient Services - Excerpt from...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases: November 2014

Trends & Analysis - In the period covered by this issue, we have identified 68 whistleblower cases related to health care that were unsealed. In this Qui Tam Update, we analyze the trends and take an in-depth look at...more

Outsourcing Ambulatory and Outpatient Services: What Hospitals Need to Know

We are in the midst of a trend involving the “outsourcing” of certain outpatient and ambulatory services by hospitals and health systems. These outsourcing transactions often involve partnerships with for-profit, specialty ...more

Fewer Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Means Victims Go Uncompensated

Notable Declines in Medical Negligence Litigation - Medical malpractice laws exist so that victims of negligence can seek financial compensation for their injuries. When a healthcare professional behaves negligently,...more

Unique Ebola-Related Legal Issues Facing Health Care Providers

As compared to non-health care employers, health care providers face several unique considerations when developing and implementing policies and procedures to prepare for an infectious disease outbreak. For good reason, the...more

Health Law Pulse - October 2014

In This Issue: - CMS Updates Guidance on Hospital Governing Body and Medical Staff Conditions of Participation (CoPs) - DOL Announces Delay of Home Care Minimum Wage Enforcement - OIG Releases Special...more

Recent Developments in PA and NJ Regarding Scope of Privilege for Health Care Facilities Engaged in Peer Reviews and Self-Critical...

Three recent cases offer guidance to health care entities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey regarding the discovery of documents created in connection with peer reviews, quality of care reviews and adverse event investigations...more

Health Care: Ebola Advisory For Health Care Facilities and Providers (10/14)

Yesterday, the CDC issued revised guidance ("Guidance") detailing personal protective equipment (PPE) standards, including donning and doffing PPE, for all healthcare workers entering the room of a patient hospitalized with...more

Protecting Healthcare and Other Employees From Ebola

News that a U.S. based health-care worker in Dallas has contracted Ebola while caring for a patient with the disease has raised questions about the protections that health care facilities and other employers must provide for...more

What Employers Can Learn from Physicians When It Comes to Administering the FMLA

Earlier this month, I took one for the team. And I survived. I had the privilege of presenting to a number of employers and health care providers at the annual “Impairment Without Disability” conference, an event...more

Medical Staff Bylaws: Compliance Gaps and Best Practices - Part 2

In this presentation: - Reappointment - Exclusive Contracts - Expedited Credentialing - Temporary Privileges - Remedial/Corrective Action - Fair Hearing - Officers -...more

Skilled Nursing Facility Reaches Largest Failure of Care Settlement in DOJ History

On Friday October 10, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) jointly announced a $38 million settlement with a skilled nursing facility...more

Medical Staff Bylaws: Compliance Gaps and Best Practices - Part 1

In this presentation: - Background - Definitions - Purposes/Preamble - Nature of Medical Staff Membership - Qualifications for Membership - Insurance...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - Doctors, Insurers Critical of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - Health Spending Expected to Increase Modestly Over Next Decade - U.S. Hospitals Have Highest Administrative Costs...more

Steps to Take Before Terminating a Physician-Patient Relationship

At times physicians are faced with the burden of having to remove a patient from their practice. Circumstances leading up to this unfortunate decision may include a difficult or disruptive patient who is abusive to the staff...more

Dot-com: A Health Professional's Website Is Not Just Another Website

Many physicians and other health professionals maintain a robust Internet presence, including websites and portals to provide patients with information. However, I was recently reminded of how easy it is to overlook the...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FLSA Overtime Claims in Hospital Meal Break Cases

On August 26, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime claims brought against a myriad of health care systems and their...more

Reluctance Of Physicians To Disclose Medical Errors

In a New York Times article on July 15, 2014 which discussed how doctors are loath to apologize for non-preventable errors, Dr. Abigail Zuger noted that, “[i]n health care…apologies are a hot topic, the subject of much...more

Does Bird’s Eye View Render Executive Non-Compete Unenforceable?

So here’s a good one for healthcare employers to ponder. Let’s say you have an executive subject to a valid and seemingly enforceable non-compete agreement. Because the agreement concerns an executive, we would normally...more

Pennsylvania Issues Regulations Under Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act

On July 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry published new regulations to implement certain provisions of the Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act, 43 P.S. §§ 932.1 to 932.6 (the "Act")....more

Ohio Physician Assistants and Advance Practice Nurses Now Permitted to Admit Patients to Hospitals

As the prevalence of physician extenders continues to grow to meet patient demand, so does their scope of practice. Effective May 20, 2014, Ohio law now permits physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners,...more

Peer Review is not always Privileged

Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and independent diagnostic centers cannot exist without physicians and other medical providers. In order to practice at those facilities, the medical professional often is required to be...more

Telemedicine and Mobile Health Innovations Amid Increasing Regulatory Oversight

The growing mobile health market is rapidly transforming health care delivery. More than 80 percent of physicians use mobile technology to provide patient care, and more than 25 percent of commercially insured patients use...more

Fair Share Fees Unconstitutional in the Public Sector? Not So Fast

The United States Supreme Court has been issuing employment-law related decisions like a boss over the past week or so. Many observers thought that the Court's decision in Harris v. Quinn, a case examining the...more

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