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Carrie Lowe, JD

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An Employer's right to control the use of social media in the workplace

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Jun 19, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Disciplining/Terminating Employees Who Misuse Social Media

There are many scenarios that may prompt an employer to discipline or terminate an employee for his or her use of social media in the workplace. The most obvious situation is an employee who engages in illegal web-based activity while at work. Another common scenario is an employee who spends the majority of his or her on-duty time using social media sites having nothing to do with his or her job responsibilities.

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Topics: Employment Issues and Workplace Management

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

Georgia Bans Handheld Devices While Driving

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Jun 7, 2018 11:56:00 AM

By Todd Van Dyke and Mary Claire Smith

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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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