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  • Dec 11, 2020Peter Lehr and David Vozza Present “Liability Issues in the Time of COVID-19” to Lehigh Valley PAHCOM

    F. Peter Lehr and David N. Vozza, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Liability Issues in the Time of COVID-19” for the local Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Chapter of Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM) on December 3 as part of its annual holiday dinner (held virtually this year).

    “Health care providers and facilities are often considered allegedly responsible for personal injury, wrongful death, and other torts relating to COVID-19. It is critical they be prepared and stay current on risk and liability issues, such as negligence, gross negligence, medical malpractice, and violations of state law,” said Lehr.

    Vozza added, “It’s a scary subject for health care professionals to talk about, but one they must acknowledge. We are privileged to have the opportunity to help shed some light on avoiding these potential legal issues.”

    Liability Issues in the Time of COVID-19

    Lehr and Vozza addressed how health care providers, including physician groups, have faced unprecedented challenges since February of 2020, not only in providing care but also in operating as an employer and as a business. Discussion topics included pre-and post-COVID-19 trends; potential risks and liability issues; the declaration of a public health emergency and the series of declarations, orders, guidance, and lawsuits; and the impact on patient, employee, provider, vendor, and landlord relationships and consent. The 2.5-hour-long program offered 2.5 CMM CEUs to participants.

    About Peter Lehr

    Lehr focuses his practice on health care transactional and regulatory matters, real estate, and land use law, including zoning and subdivision applications and commercial lending. He represents and counsels a variety of health care providers, including hospitals, long-term care and nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, and more.

    Lehr assists clients in numerous transactions and regulatory issues involving such mandates as HITECH, HIPAA, Stark, Anti-Kickback and attendant safe harbors, and EMTALA. He is experienced in leading operational assessments of health care providers and drafting corporate compliance programs and has counseled clients on fraud and abuse avoidance and represented them in third-party payer reimbursement cases.

    An active member of the community, Lehr serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including LifePath, Inc., the Weller Health Education Center, and the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace. He is a member of the Leonard Pool Society of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network. Lehr earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998, and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1995.

    About David Vozza

    Vozza devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, and in private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general health care litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.

    Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

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  • Apr 28, 2020Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Present to Medical Management on COVID-19 Employment Law Updates

    Patrick T. Collins and David N. Vozza, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the virtual town hall, “COVID-19 Guidance: A Discussion about FFCRA and Other Employment Laws Impacting Medical Practices,” at noon on Friday, May 8, for nine state chapters of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on significant changes to the employment law landscape and because it is extremely fluid and constantly changing, it’s critical to monitor and understand the ongoing developments,” said Collins.

    Vozza added, “For medical practices on the front lines, staying up-to-date on the coronavirus is vitally important. That’s why we have been dedicated to providing critical information, updates, and best practice directives.” For more topics related to the coronavirus, visit the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center or its Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About the COVID-19 Employment Law Update

    Collins and Vozza will address the recent employment law passed in response to COVID-19, strategies to manage obligations regarding employment contracts in the midst of COVID-19, and how to deal with reduced hours. They will also answer participants’ questions regarding the recently expanded Family and Medical Leave, Paid Sick Leave, furloughs, layoffs, employment contracts, and other employment issues medical practices are currently facing. For more information about the MGMA, visit mgma.com.

    About the Presenting Attorneys

    Pat Collins

    Collins, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He is experienced in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Collins represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Collins has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. Collins has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    Much of Collins’ practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Collins has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, as well as drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Collins received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1983 and his B.S. from Glassboro State College in 1979.

    David Vozza

    Vozza, a member of the Health Care & Life Sciences Law Practice Group, devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

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  • Dec 10, 2019David Vozza Presents to New Jersey Medical Management on Fraud and Abuse

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., recently presented “Fraud and Abuse: Current Regulatory Trends and Avoiding Investigation” at the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association’s 2019 Payer Day.

    About the Presentation

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to speak at another NJMGMA event, as these are important topics for those managing medical practices,” said Vozza.

    The presentation includes applicable federal guidelines and regulations related to agreements and referral relationships entered by medical practices, how patient interactions can lead to investigations, and ways to avoid those investigations.

    Other discussion topics come from Aetna, AmeriHealth, Cigna, and United Healthcare. Mike Enos, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, of Enos Medical Coding, is also a presenter, speaking on coding changes for the upcoming year. For more information and to register, visit njmgma.com.

    About David Vozza

    Vozza devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.

    Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

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  • Oct 15, 2019Private Equity in Healthcare

    Private equity in Healthcare has doubled over the past 10 years, and now accounts for more than 10% of all private equity deals.

    Join Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Sax LLP as we draw on the industry expertise of our panelists to highlight the pros and cons to priming your practice for private equity. You will walk away with meaningful insights and suggestions for navigating the transition to private equity in healthcare.

    Topics will include:

    • What an arrangement with private equity looks like
    • How to prepare for the deal
    • The importance of due diligence and compliance
    • Maximizing a practice’s value
    • Pre and post considerations of a deal

    Featured speakers will include:

         Robert Goodman                                      David N. Vozza, Esq.                                      Deborah Nappi, CPA

    Robert Goodman                                          David N. Vozza, Esq.                                Deborah Nappi, CPA, MST
    Vice President                                          Member, Healthcare Practice                        Director, Healthcare Practice
    MidCap Advisors                                          Norris McLaughlin, P.A.                                            Sax LLP

    When: Tuesday, November 19

    8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

    Where: Upper Montclair Country Club

    177 Hepburn Rd

    Clifton, NJ 07012

    For more information or to register, please click here.

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  • Sep 30, 2019Legal Issues Facing Physicians & Practice Managers

    Legal Issues Facing Physicians & Practice Managers

    Accreditation Statement

    HRET is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) and through the Joint Providership of Health Research Education and Trust of New Jersey (HRET) and MDAdvantage. HRET is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    AMA Credit Designation Statement

    HRET designates this live activity for 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

     3 easy ways to register!

    1. Click here to register online

    2. Email the registration form to Norris McLaughlin Marketing at marketing@norris-law.com

    3. Fax the registration form to (610) 391-1805

    About David Vozza

    Vozza devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts. Vozza also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.

    Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

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  • Aug 09, 2019David Vozza tp Present at Cayuga Medical Center Grand Rounds Program

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Medical-Legal Liability in the Age of #MeToo” for the Cayuga Grand Rounds Program on Friday, September 6, 7:30 a.m., at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York.

    The presentation will educate participants as to the current state of law related to sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically in the health care setting, through real-world examples and scenarios. The goal is to inform participants of the applicable legal pitfalls and provide them with risk management measures to mitigate liability.

    “The “#MeToo” movement is here to stay. It has already been a game changer in the field of sexual harassment that has not been seen since the likes of Anita Hill and Justice Clarence Thomas. Small businesses, including medical practices, may be subject to substantial liability for the actions of their principals and employees. It is essential that practitioners become knowledgeable about the applicable law concerning sexual harassment and the prevention of a hostile work environment,” said Vozza.

    Vozza defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. Vozza frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

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  • May 06, 2019David Vozza to Present at Onondaga County Medical Society’s Ask the Carriers Conference

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “How to Deal with Difficult Patients” at the Ask the Carriers Conference on Thursday, May 9, 2:35 – 3:05 p.m., at the Syracuse Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. The all-day event, hosted by the Onondaga County Medical Society, gives physicians and their staff an opportunity to ask questions of local insurance carrier representatives and to learn about their new policies or programs. Many local vendors and organizations of interest to physicians and their staff will be onsite as well.

    Norris McLaughlin is proud to sponsor the event, as General Counsel to the Society, whose members include physicians and medical students in Onondaga County. To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit www.oncms.org.

    Vozza defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. Vozza frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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