Does the Changing Healthcare Landscape Affect Doctor-Patient Privilege?

Stephanie Rodin - Does the Changing Healthcare Landscape Affect Doctor-Patient Privilege?

In most scenarios, doctor-patient privilege that is protected by HIPAA takes priority—similar to the way attorney-client privilege is treated. However, what was once a certainty is being challenged in the courts, primarily due to the increase of physicians who are employed by hospitals and the resulting overlap in treatment among professionals.

Hospitals have expanded the types of care that are available to patients, who often receive care from multiple physicians in one setting. A study from 2012-2015 documented a 50% increase in the amount of physicians who work in hospital settings. Continue reading

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The Murky Waters of Continuous Treatment Just Got Murkier

Stephanie Rodin - The Murky Waters of Continuous Treatment Just Got MurkierThe recent case of Lohnas v. Luzi, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op 01114 (February 15, 2018) brings the implications of the continuous treatment doctrine to the forefront.

In this case, a physician performed shoulder surgery on a patient in 1998. The patient had follow-up treatments and then stopped for several months. After this brief hiatus, the patient then returned for follow-up appointments due to continued shoulder pain and ended up having a second surgery and subsequent follow-up treatments. Continue reading

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When a Non-Compete Is Non-Enforceable

Stephanie Rodin - When a Non-Compete Is Non-EnforceableIn most instances, when a physician is hired at a practice, he or she must agree to a non-compete clause. By agreeing to this clause, the physician will be restricted on where they can continue to practice and render services within a particular geographical zone for a specified period of time after their employment ends.

In the case of Cindy Hoffman, D.O., P.C. v Raftopol, 2018 NY Slip Op 50020, Dr. Hoffman, a dermatologist, brought suit against her former physician’s assistant, Raftopol, for resigning and accepting a job within 15 miles of two of her offices — a violation of the non-compete agreement between the parties. Continue reading

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PC vs PLLC: Choosing Your Business Structure

Stephanie Rodin - PC vs PLLC: Choosing Your Business StructureIn New York State, professionals who are licensed through the Department of Education can structure their businesses in two ways: as a professional corporation (PC) or a professional limited liability company (PLLC).

Under New York Law, both structures provide identical legal protection—the legal separation of personal and business assets by establishing a corporate shield. However, to understand which entity is best for your practice, you will need to understand the tax consequences and the rules to maintain each entity. Continue reading

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Understanding Patient Consent Forms

Understanding Patient Consent Forms - Stephanie RodinTo patients, consent forms might be viewed as a simple and standard document. These are forms that patients are now accustomed to receiving prior to any treatment.

However, if you are a practitioner, it is critical for your consent forms to convey certain information clearly, accurately, and succinctly; otherwise, the forms may not have the intended meaning and/or the patient will not be properly put on notice of said information specific to the practice and the treatment.   Continue reading

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Moving Your Healthcare Practice Forward in 2018

Stephanie Rodin - Moving Your Healthcare Practice Forward in 2018For physicians, dentists, and all healthcare practitioners, as 2017 comes to a close, it is time to think about the goals for your practice moving forward into 2018.

  • Are you looking to take on new employees?
  • Are you looking to expand your practice?
  • Are you looking to buy a practice?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, there are legal risks and liabilities you need to be aware of. Continue reading

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Technology Affects All Healthcare Practices

Technology Affects All Healthcare Practices - Technology - Stephanie RodinTechnology is prominent in all aspects of our society—and this is true in the healthcare field as well. The majority of healthcare practices are already paperless, which includes not only medical charts but also digital x-rays and the mandated electronic prescribing. Continue reading

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An Informed Staff is Vital for a Smooth Practice Transition

Stephanie Rodin - An Informed Staff Is Vital For A Smooth Practice TransitionOur previous two articles have explored what to do when you purchase a practice, including retaining patients and starting to make the practice your own.  

Part 3 of this series explores an equally important, concurrent task: ensuring that your office staff—whether new or rehired from the previous practice—is up-to-speed with all aspects of the practice. When all of the employees are working together to make the office efficient and well organized, patients feel more secure in the treatment that they are receiving and the information that they are provided with. Continue reading

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You Bought Your First Practice, Now What?

So, you have purchased a practice, and you are maintaining the patients that you have inherited. When you purchased the practice, you most likely were not involved in how the prior owner ran it. Now you want to make it your practice.   Continue reading

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When Buying a Practice, Change is Not in Your Best Interest

If you are a practitioner who just bought a practice, regardless of your specialty, the ultimate goal is to maintain the patients already in existence, as well as to drum up more business.

We all know that patients have the luxury of moving from practice to practice, if they so desire. If you just spent X number of dollars on buying the practice, you want to make sure that you maintain a high percentage—if not, a full percentage—of the already existing patients of that practice.

How do you go about doing that? There are a couple of ways. Continue reading

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