Physicians

By Kate Greenwood
In Employment Law
Dec 3rd, 2014
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By Charles A. Sullivan A recent case from the Seventh Circuit provides interesting insights both into the limits on the reach of the antidiscrimination laws and the structuring of modern physician practices that are not hospital-owned. Bluestein v. Central Wisconsin Anesthesiology, S.C. not only rejected the plaintiff physician’s claims of disability and sex discrimina...
By Charles Sullivan
In Employment Law
Sep 17th, 2014
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Peer review is pervasive in hospitals as well as large clinical practices as a result of statutes, courts’ adoption of the corporate negligence doctrine, and accreditation standards.  And physicians subject to peer review are increasingly hospital employees or employees of large group practices.  It should come as no surprise, then, that employment-based challenges to ...
By Kathleen M. Boozang
In Bioethics
Jun 10th, 2014
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There’s a fair chance the New Jersey Assembly will take up the Death with Dignity Act before the legislators head off to the Jersey Shore for the summer.  The topic is appropriate for this blog, entitled Health Reform Watch, because physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is a kind of desperate attempt at reforming end-of-life care.  The frustration […]...
By Charles Sullivan
In Health Law
Sep 10th, 2013
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Given that noncompetition clauses are ubiquitous, whether in independent practice groups or in the increasingly common hospital or health system employment of physicians, the AMA’s disapproval of them seems, at best, quixotic.  The AMA’s Principles for Physician Employment, adopted last November, forthrightly states that “[p]hysicians are discouraged from entering into...
By Amy Catapano
In Physicians
Feb 26th, 2012
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On February 14, 2012, Marilyn Tavenner, the acting Administrator of CMS, told reporters that CMS will “re-examine the timeframe” of the planned conversion to the ICD-10 code standard.  Presently, covered entities under HIPAA must fully convert from the ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 by October 1, 2013. ICD-10, which stands for the International Classificatio...