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Top Five Termination Mistakes

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Jun 12, 2018 12:02:00 PM

Employment discrimination legal claims remain high. Each year, nearly 100,000 charges of discrimination are filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to recent data, the median employment discrimination jury verdict is over $100,000, though that number does not include the amount of money the employer paid its own lawyers.

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Topics: Employment Issues and Workplace Management

State Data Breach Notification Laws: Overview of the Patchwork

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on May 18, 2018 3:10:14 PM

By Joseph J. Lazzarotti, Jason C. Gavejian and Maya Atrakchi

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Topics: HIPAA and Cybersecurity

FAQs - Texting or Emailing Patients

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Apr 12, 2018 11:58:00 AM

Can I text or email my patients?

Yes, healthcare providers can communicate with patients via text messages, but only if:

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

ALERT – New Florida Opioid Law

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Apr 5, 2018 12:05:00 PM

By Joshua D. Aubuchon, Nichole Lydon and Carrie Lowe

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

New CMS Policy Prohibits Texting Orders

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Mar 15, 2018 11:57:00 AM

On December 28, 2017, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that texting patient information among healthcare providers is acceptable if done through a secure platform, but the texting of orders is prohibited - even if the orders are encrypted.

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Topics: Contracts and Business Relationships, Employment Issues and Workplace Management

New GA Controlled Substances CME Requirement – Effective Jan. 1, 2018

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Oct 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Georgia physicians who have an active DEA certificate and prescribe controlled substances are now required to complete, one time, three hours of CME that are designed to specifically address controlled substance prescribing, including:

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Georgia medical marijuana expansion now in effect

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Jul 7, 2017 3:15:37 PM

 

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Kentucky Now Requires Reporting of Dense Breast Tissue

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Jun 15, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Kentucky governor, Matt Bevin, recently signed HB 78 into law, requiring Kentucky mammography providers to report dense breast tissue to patients through the mammogram report.  The law will become effective in July of 2017. 

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FDA Drug Safety Communication Regarding Viberzi (eluxadoline)

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Mar 30, 2017 12:30:00 PM

On March 15, 2017, the FDA issued a drug safety warning that Viberzi (eluxadoline), a drug used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), should not be used in patients who do not have a gallbladder. The FDA found that when used in patients without a gallbladder there is an increased risk of developing serious pancreatitis that could result in hospitalization or death.  Patients who are taking Viberzi (eluxadoline) who do not have a gallbladder should stop taking the drug immediately and contact their physician.

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Healthcare and the New Overtime Rule

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Jul 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Provided by Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever, LLP

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