Category Archives: Law

Practitioners: What You Need to Know About the GDPR

As of May 25, 2018, the GDPR, which stands for the General Data Protection Regulation, was implemented in the European Union (EU). This regulation is much more expansive than our United States HIPAA law, and its coverage area is quite … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Murky Waters of Continuous Treatment Just Got Murkier

The 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 … Continue reading

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Understanding Patient Consent Forms

To 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 … Continue reading

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Malpractice Insurance Policy: Are You Covered?

There are two different types of malpractice insurance policies: an occurrence policy and a claims-made policy. Understanding the difference, and knowing which one you have with your current employer, will help in understanding: The contract terms; What happens when you … Continue reading

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Independent Contractor or Employee? Even the Courts Have a Hard Time Deciding

There was a recent case with respect to a Manhattan yoga studio, which was appealed four times, to determine whether the non-staff instructors were actually employees rather than independent contractors. The matter was In Re Yoga Vida NYC, Inc (Commissioner … Continue reading

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Protect Yourself When Modifying Employment Agreements

Recently, I have been receiving inquiries from practitioners with respect to their executed employment agreements. Various concerns have come up relating to their employer wanting to change or alter the terms in the original employment contract, and they are unclear … Continue reading

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2016 Year in Review: 3 Areas Every Healthcare Practitioner Needs to Know

If you have your own practice, there are certain areas that are pertinent to running your practice in an efficient manner. You should be aware of these areas and if not, you should be on the lookout for next year. … Continue reading

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HIPAA and Third-Party Contracts: What You Need to Know!

If you are a healthcare practitioner who falls under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as a covered entity, you must follow HIPAA rules and regulations when you contract with an outside third party vendor to help you … Continue reading

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How Does a Practitioner Remove a Patient from Their Practice Legally?

There are many reasons for dismissing a patient from your practice. This may involve a patient that has been with you for many years or not that long, but someone who you feel is disruptive; or there has been a … Continue reading

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