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HTMLEbola Preparedness: Employee Education Is Key
John L. Litchfield; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014
In the wake of the world’s largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in history, Americans have been inundated with media hype surrounding the disease, and the government and employers’ perceived inadequacy in their response. While the threat of a widespread EVD outbreak in the United...

 

HTMLMajor Challenges On The Horizon: The Act To Modify The Organization And Governance Of The Health And Social Services Network, In Particular By Abolishing The Regional Agencies - Bill 10
Yves Dubois, Émilie Jutras, Frédéric Massé; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
In recent months, a persistent rumour has been making the rounds (a rumour more tangible than the echo of mere declarations of intent) to the effect that a major reform of the health and social services network ("HSSN") was in the works. On September 25 last, the Minister of Health and...

 

HTMLIntroducing Occupational Health & Safety Month!
Rosalie A. Cress; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014
This month, we introduce a new series focusing on occupational health and safety (“OH&S”) issues to help employers ensure health and safety in the workplace and avoid penalties under the Workers’ Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (the...

 

HTMLCMS Revises Chronic Care Management Policy
Rick L. Hindmand; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on November 3, 2014
On October 31, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, which establishes payment levels and policy changes for Medicare Part B services. These changes include new reimbursement conditions for chronic care...

 

HTMLThe OIG Plans to Review Clinical Laboratory Billing Practices in 2015
Richard S. Cooper, Bridget Cougevan Howard, Jane Pine Wood; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 11, 2014, previously published on November 7, 2014
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 (2015 Work Plan) last week. The 2015 Work Plan lays out the projects and investigations that the OIG plans to tackle throughout the year and provides insight into the focus areas of the OIG in its efforts to identify...

 

HTMLNothing Like a Mock Trial to Scare Staff Straight
Lori R. Semlies; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on January 13, 2014
Having presented many in-service lectures to the hospitals and nursing homes I defend, it has become apparent that the medical staff members best learn how incomplete and inconsistent documentation can be exploited by plaintiffs’ attorneys, and cost an otherwise defensible case.

 

HTMLRomance between Nursing Home Residents - Should the Facility Step In?
Lori R. Semlies; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014
State and federal regulations weren’t enacted to protect nursing home residents only from neglect and abuse. Federal law requires facilities to maintain environments that promote, maintain or enhance a resident’s quality of life. Adults have the right to make choices about significant...

 

HTMLThe “3 Cs” of Physician Ethics
Jodi V. Terranova; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014
It’s not surprising that 70 percent of respondents to the Gallup poll ranked physicians as “highly” or “very highly” honest and ethical, considering that those who were polled are also patients who put their lives in physicians’ hands.

 

HTMLHow Anesthesiologists Reduced Medical Errors by Learning from Malpractice Suits and Adopting New Technology
Robert J. Nelson; Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. As many as 440,000 people die each year as a result of preventable medical errors, often due to a doctor's negligence.

 

HTMLArbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Admission Agreements
Lori R. Semlies; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014
In response to increasing runaway verdicts with large awards for punitive damages, many nursing homes are including arbitration clauses in their admission agreements. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Marmet Health Care Center v. Brown, 132 S.Ct. 1201 (Feb. 2012), held that these...

 


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