Medical Malpractice Litigation
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new, free, downloadable tool to assist small and medium-size health care provider offices to conduct security risk assessments (SRA)....more
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of suicide deaths in 2010 was 38,364, making it the tenth leading cause of death in America. For younger demographics, the numbers are even more...more
This Reed Smith client alert looks at the UK government’s response to the independent review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions in the UK.
The key issues In recent years, cosmetic procedures have become widely...more
Do you lie awake at night wondering if you or the health care entity for which you work is complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”)? If so, you will be happy to hear that a good night’s...more
According to minutes filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Halifax Hospital Medical Center (Halifax) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have reached a settlement in the pending False...more
As physicians search for new revenue streams in response to declining reimbursement and additional administrative complexity, a new law passed in 2013 should provide added flexibility and time to expand practices through the...more
Something came up for opposing counsel at the last minute. He didn’t show. That left us – the court reporter, videographer, and me – sitting in the conference room with the treating doctor deponent. The one who had been too...more
Governor John Kasich last week signed House Bill 139 to allow advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants to admit patients to Ohio hospitals.
The bill was introduced at the request of BakerHostetler...more
It has never been a secret to Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) that anesthesiologists are often not able to consistently comply with all of the requirements of TEFRA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of...more
Liability for medical malpractice in Kazakhstan remains poorly regulated.
The Kazakhstan healthcare system has recently undergone a crucial transformation, with pending reforms designed to improve the quality of...more
Beginning March 1, 2014, and phasing in over the next several months, a new Oklahoma law requires certain long-term care, residential, and health care providers to perform eligibility screening and national fingerprint-based...more
On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new, online compliance assistance tool for hospitals called, “Worker Safety in Hospitals: Caring for our...more
The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) offers the promise of shared savings when the ACO delivers high-quality healthcare more cost effectively. Without question, ACOs will change the way healthcare providers do business....more
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proponents of an initiative measure could begin collecting petition signatures for their measure. If this measure makes it on to the ballot and is...more
As this blog has covered on a number of occasions, employee speech on Facebook, particularly if it is profane, vituperative or threatening, can lead to termination. A number of courts in recent months have grappled with the...more
In This Issue:
Judgments, Legislation, and Reports.
- Excerpt from Judgments:
15 January 2014 - Short v Ambulance Victoria  FCA 3 -
The applicant's employment as a...more
Sometimes an apology is all it takes to mend fences ? at least the state of Pennsylvania hopes this is the case for healthcare providers who own up to their negligent actions. Recently, Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill...more
Brandon Johnson died at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex (“the Complex”) in October 2012. Mr. Johnson died due to complications from a broken neck....more
The list is not intended to be exhaustive.
IRS rules that incentives to health care professionals and hospitals for using electronic records are income to those receiving the...more
One hot area of data privacy litigation over the past several years has been data breach class actions brought under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (“CMIA”), which provides that a person may recover...more
November, a federal district court granted partial summary judgment for the Department of Justice in U.S. ex. Rel. Baklid-Kunz v. Halifax Medical Center, ruling that productivity bonuses paid to employed physicians violated...more
In December, 2013, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that a hospice facility’s due process rights were violated when the Department of Public Welfare (“DPW”) imposed an additional requirement without giving notice to...more
What you need to know:
The Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health & Human Services is continuing its trend toward more aggressive enforcement of HIPAA violations. Small provider entities are not immune...more
President Obama Signs Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 –
On December 26, 2013, President Obama signed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 (the “Act”), preventing the scheduled payment reduction for...more
Two recent California Court of Appeal opinions decide issues of first impression in the medical staff peer review arena, helping to resolve questions that have long been uncertain and controversial. In the first of the two...more
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