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Mar 20, 2020

OCR Will Not Seek Enforcement Action for Use of Non-Compliance Telehealth Communications During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Public Health Emergency

In an effort to make health care more accessible during these unprecedented times, while we deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government is relaxing some rules and regulations when it comes to telehealth. As we discussed in our earlier blog post, on March 17th, The Office of Inspector General issued a policy statement waiving sanctions for providers’ waiver of telehealth cost-sharing amounts during the current Public Health Emergency.» Read More

Mar 19, 2020

Coronavirus Alert: Historic Expansion of Telehealth in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

We at Norris McLaughlin recognize that the constantly changing crisis related to the COVID-19 virus has resulted in an unprecedented time for all health care practitioners – a time that for most is filled with uncertainty regarding their practices and patients.» Read More

Mar 17, 2020

OIG to Waive Sanctions for Providers’ Waiver of Telehealth Cost-Sharing Amounts During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced in a policy statement issued today, March 17, 2020, that physicians and other practitioners will not be subject to sanctions for reducing or waiving any Medicare or Medicaid patient co-pays or deductibles for telehealth services furnished to the patient during the period of public health emergency declared by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on January 31, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.» Read More

Mar 14, 2019

Medical Malpractice “Crisis” Back in the News

In January 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules Committee proposed a rule change to allow medical malpractice plaintiffs to file suit in any county where the defendant regularly did business.  This proposed change would do away with the present rule requiring injured patients to file their claims only in the county where the alleged negligence occurred.» Read More

Sep 25, 2018

IMPAIRED PHYSICIANS – Health Care Counsel Can Help Navigate the Rough Waters

Physicians participating in or considering enrollment in an “impaired physician program” which in New York is the Committee for Physician Health (CPH) and in New Jersey is the Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey (PAPNJ), often need legal assistance regarding the status of their medical license. » Read More

Aug 17, 2018

The Dangers of a Medical Board Investigation: How to Protect Yourself

Did you know that any patient, colleague, pharmacist, or hospital can file a complaint against a physician at any time? No matter what the complaint may be, the state medical board is required to start a preliminary investigation, at the very least.» Read More

May 25, 2018

Administering of Non FDA-Approved, Foreign Drugs Results in Criminal Conviction and Payment for False Claims Act Violation

In a recent press release, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York announced that a Poughkeepsie physician and his wife were sentenced for a misdemeanor for ordering and administering to patients, drugs that were not approved by the FDA and were obtained from foreign sources. » Read More

May 10, 2018

Medical Executive Committees Have the Capacity to Sue or Be Sued in New Jersey

The case of Nahas v. Shore Medical Center, a New Jersey Court ruling dated April 27, determined that a Medical Executive Committee of a hospital can be sued as an entity for its decision denying restoration of a physician’s full privileges.» Read More

Apr 26, 2018

When Health Care Providers Require Personal Defense Counsel

It is vital to have your health care counsel and your criminal counsel on the same page!

For any health care practitioner that finds themselves involved in a criminal matter (i.e. DWI, assault, sexual accusations to name but a few), it is vital to your medical license to make sure that your health care counsel and your criminal counsel are on the same page.» Read More

Mar 14, 2018

Medical Practices in the New Age of Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., recently wrote an article for the Onondaga County Medical Society Bulletin‘s “The Legal Treatment” section.  Medical Practices in the New Age of Sexual Harassment and #MeToo” discusses the hot topic of sexual harassment in the workplace, which does not exclude medical practices, and its applicable laws, legal definition, employer liability, retaliation, and best practices in anti-harassment policies and training.» Read More

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