Regulatory & Compliance

Regulatory Update: Mammography Quality Standards Act

It is estimated that there will be 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer, exclusive of recurrent breast cancer, 62,930 cases of both ductal and lobular in situ breast cancer and 41,760 breast cancer deaths among U.S. women in 2019.


Employee Handbook: A Valuable Tool if Properly Prepared and Implemented

Employee Handbooks can be invaluable when setting a tone, enforcing policy and structuring the workplace. The employee handbook becomes even more important for small and midsize businesses where human resource issues are not addressed by a team of professionals. Lack of an employee handbook is...


Don’t Let the Zika Virus Bite You, Too: Obstetricians and Legal Liability

As warmer weather returns, mosquitoes will reemerge from hibernation. The Zika virus made headlines last year as studies revealed it was associated with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, particularly in Brazil and the Caribbean. Zika was first identified in the mid 20th century...


Gender Identity and Expression Rights in New York

Leading up to the presidential election last November, gender-neutral bathroom access seemed to be a hot-button issue. However, misleading or controversial reporting on this issue did little to clarify obligations for employers and healthcare facilities alike. The information below sets forth...


Mitigation of Medical Malpractice Risk Stemming from the Prescription of Psychotropic Medication

Physicians may be sued for medical negligence based on a lack of informed consent if they prescribe medication without providing the patient with sufficient information to make an informed decision about whether to use the drug. Informed consent discussions may be particularly important when...


Technology and Shifting Reimbursement Models in Health Care

Today’s hottest new wearable devices with fitness-based appeal now extend beyond the basics of step counting to actually measuring core health data that includes blood pressure, vision quality and body temperature. Tech-savvy providers are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this boom by applying it to overall health management and the shifting reimbursement models in today’s healthcare marketplace.


Maximizing Protection of the Patient and Minimizing Risk

Physicians who have had contact with those who commit suicide will have to answer to why the death was not prevented. High-quality documentation is the best way to avoid becoming a defendant.


You’re Not Discharged?

Many times, hospitals’ length-of-stay issues are not due to medical reasons, but to financial reasons due to inadequate insurance coverage. Your typical patient who wants to be discharged home from the hospital with care rather than to a skilled nursing facility may remain in that bed for much...


Techniques to Obtain and Codify Informed Consent Discussions and Limit the Risk of Medical Malpractice Claims Based on a Lack of Informed Consent

The discussion between physician and patient prior to an invasive diagnostic procedure or surgery is a critically important aspect of care and treatment. This discussion is particularly important prior to an elective test or procedure to ensure the patient’s understanding of the reasonably...


Language Access and Malpractice Issues

As we approach an election with a focus on immigration, it reminds us that language barriers are often prevalent in areas of industry — including health care. From a legal standpoint, language access in the healthcare setting has been addressed at the federal, state and local levels. Emphasis is...