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HTMLHow Technology is Transforming Healthcare
Nicole E. Stratton; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 2, 2014
While the healthcare industry has historically been knocked as slow to adapt to emerging technologies, the technological modernization of the industry is now occurring at a furious pace. From the digitization of health care records, to improved means of communications between doctors and patients,...

 

HTMLSurvive The Season With Our Open Enrollment Checklist
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
It’s that time of year again, when fall weather brings with it a host of legal obligations for plan sponsors running open enrollment. Here’s what you need to know to survive the season.

 

HTMLHHS Addresses Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses under HIPAA
Nicole E. Stratton; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance addressing the treatment of same-sex spouses under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.

 

HTMLPioneer ACO Results Present a Fuller Picture of the Program's Promise
Nicole E. Stratton; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 22, 2014
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are still a relatively new concept in the healthcare world. ACOs emerged in 2011 as a result of an initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as we documented in our blog articles ACO Regulations Finally Released, Braving the New...

 

HTMLMedicare Enrollment: Five Mistakes to Watch Out For
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
One of the benefits of reaching age 65 is the opportunity to qualify for Medicare. Unfortunately, as with many government programs, enrolling for Medicare is usually intimidating and daunting. There are many factors to keep in mind. It is also possible to make bad decisions if you don't have full...

 

HTMLWhen to Seek Help to Avoid Planning Mistakes
Norman ("Gene") E. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on October 22, 2014
Senior adults face many challenges to their health and financial security. Some of these problems can be resolved in the family but many of those self-help decisions can hurt the family financially. Seeking advice from elder law attorneys can help you be secure in your decisions and bring you peace...

 

Adobe PDFNew Laws Regarding Emergency Medical Treatment
Lamb Barnosky LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014
Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation that expands access to emergency medication for students and school personnel. One new law, which goes into effect on March 5, 2015, allows school employees to administer epinephrine auto-injectors (“epi-pens”) to students or staff without...

 

HTMLOregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use
Kelly Riggs; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
On November 4, 2014, Oregon voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use. The new Oregon law, known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act, allows people 21 years of age and older to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana in their...

 

HTMLOH&S Month Part 4: The Loneliest Number? Regulations for Employees Working Alone
Christopher McHardy; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
Many employees work alone or in isolation, whether from time to time or as a regular part of their work. In addition to an employer’s general statutory obligation to ensure a safe work environment under the Workers’ Compensation Act, employers have additional specific obligations to...

 

HTMLNew Hampshire Law Requires Employers of Health Care Workers to Take Preventative Action Against Risks of Employee Drug Use
Charla Bizios Stevens; McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 6, 2014
Last session the New Hampshire Legislature enacted a new law designed to protect patients of health care facilities from the dangers associated with drug-use and drug-diverting by health care workers. RSA 151:41, which was effective August 25, 2014, requires most health care facilities and licensed...

 


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