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Gig Economy Ripples From Across The Pond: An App For Healthcare Workers On Demand?

by Fisher Phillips on

Roughly 3,500 miles on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the British government is contemplating an idea which will marry the national healthcare industry with the gig economy. Such an idea could send a ripple toward the...more

Blocked Shot? Employer Runs into Religious Issues with Mandatory Flu Vaccines

If you require your employees to get a flu shot, what do you do with the ones who refuse on religious grounds? As with so much in employment law, it depends. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Mission Hospital, a...more

Recent Arrest of Utah Nurse Causes a Necessary, but Unfortunate Policy Change for the Hospital

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Incident - On July 26, 2017, multiple media sources reported a head nurse in a Utah hospital’s burn unit was arrested for refusing to allow the taking of a blood sample by a University of Utah police officer from an...more

North Carolina Law Requires Nurses to Comply with Police Demand for Blood Draw

The drawing of blood by healthcare providers for law enforcement purposes has been big news lately. In June, the North Carolina Supreme Court held in a case of first impression that North Carolina’s implied consent statute...more

Risk Associated with Failure of Programs to Gain Timely Accreditation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In an effort to add new programs to meet the needs and interests of students and faculty, many colleges and universities will admit students to programs that are still in the process of seeking the necessary accreditation....more

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Eases the Practice of Nursing across State Lines

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (Compact) has now been adopted by 26 states, which means the Compact will be taking effect on January 19, 2018. Nurses who seek to practice telemedicine and deliver in-person care across...more

No Weingarten Rights For Nurses In Peer Review Proceeding, Federal Appeals Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Nurses had no right to union representation in their hospital employer’s peer review committee proceedings, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled. Midwest Division – MMC, LLC, dba Menorah Medical...more

Even More At Stake Than Meets The Eye With Potential HIPAA Violations

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court in New Mexico recently declined to dismiss tort claims asserted by a registered nurse against her employer, a government-run hospital, where she sought and obtained treatment for a brutal sexual assault. In...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - August 2017

Medicine's dirty secret: tens of thousands suffer injury and death from preventable error - Each year tens of thousands of Americans are killed by medical mistakes and errors. These avoidable deaths and the many more...more

Healthcare Industry Sees Increase In Age Discrimination Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Lawyers and medical professionals have noticed a recent uptick in age discrimination claims in the healthcare industry. What is causing this increase? Is it simply a statistical fluke, or are there specific reasons the...more

The Gig Economy Expands to the Healthcare Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

The United States is expected to see a shortage of 40,000 to 104,000 physicians by 2030. Due to this anticipated need for primary care physicians, freelance work among the healthcare industry is becoming increasingly popular....more

Employer’s Asking Employee “How Things Are Going?,” Prelude to Unlawful Solicitation of Grievances, Board Majority Rules

We are on the verge of the Board majority changing for the first time in approximately a decade. The President’s two appointees, if confirmed, will bring the Board up to a full five members. After the new members are seated...more

Key funding issues for provider-operated allied health residency programs

by Dentons on

Medicare GME reimbursement is designed only to support the training of medical, dental and podiatric residents. The Medicare program does, however, provide separate funding to support certain programs that train nursing and...more

Avoiding Diversion: New Tennessee Law Imposes Potential Obligations on Employers When Healthcare Providers Fail Drug Tests

Tennessee lawmakers are cracking down on nurses and other healthcare providers (HCPs) diverting medications for personal use. A law going into effect on July 1, 2017, (yes—next week) puts an obligation on employers of HCPs...more

Uncompensated "Off-the-Clock" Work Time Nets Call Center Nurses a $6.2 Million Settlement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Late last year, more than 1,300 "advice nurses" working at call-in centers providing answers to patient health care questions for Kaiser Permanente and Permanente Medical Group filed a class action lawsuit for unpaid wages...more

ACA Retaliation Claim Survives Despite No Complaint About ACA Provisions

On April 28, 2017, the United States Department of Labor Administrative Review Board (“ARB”) allowed a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) to proceed even though the...more

The FLSA and Your CBA: 3rd Circuit Finds Claims Were Not Subject to Dispute Resolution Provisions

In Jones v. SCO Silver Care Operations LLC, No. 16-1101 (May 18, 2017), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether several certified nursing assistant plaintiffs were entitled to pursue their claims for violations...more

Union Adherent’s Antics Not Protected By Act, NLRB Rules

The NLRB recently issued a rare decision completely dismissing all allegations against an employer; rarer still because it was unanimous. In Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, 365 NLRB No. 79 (May 15, 2017) the NLRB was...more

Georgia Enacts Nurse Licensure Compact Law

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On May 8, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation that will make it easier for Georgia nurses to practice across state lines. Senate Bill 109, which passed the Georgia legislature in March, will make Georgia part of the...more

Nurse Anesthetists Sue Novitas Solutions and CMS Over Medicare Reimbursement Policy on Chronic Pain Management

by King & Spalding on

On April 11, 2017, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), an organization representing more than 50,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief...more

2017 Nevada Legislative Session – Potential for Additional Anesthesiology Practice Opportunities in Nevada

by Snell & Wilmer on

On February 27, 2017, Senate Bill 210 (“S.B. 210”) was introduced into the Nevada Legislature, which paves the way for expanded anesthesiology practice and patient care opportunities in the State of Nevada....more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The key California employment law cases from February 2017 involve collective bargaining/union and wage and hour issues. - Collective Bargaining/Union Issues - Vasserman v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 8 Cal....more

Pennsylvania Releases Temporary Regulations for Physicians

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On April 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) released Practitioner Temporary Regulations for physicians and practitioners (those physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants and certified registered nurse...more

Legislative Solutions: 2017 North Carolina Legislative Recap

by Williams Mullen on

The North Carolina General Assembly is amidst its long session. Several pieces of health care legislation have been introduced, but most bills are in the beginning stages of the legislative process....more

BRN Sunset Report Criticizes Enforcement Process, Treatment of Nurse-Midwives

by Nossaman LLP on

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) received a negative evaluation of its enforcement program in the most recent sunset review. The sunset review included a performance audit by the California State Auditor due...more

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