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Too Important to be Protected?

Filed in Employment Law, Physicians, Uncategorized by on December 3, 2014 0 Comments
Too Important to be Protected?
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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 discrimination but […]

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Reviewing Peer Review

Filed in Employment Law, Physicians, Quality Improvement by on September 17, 2014 0 Comments
Reviewing Peer Review
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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 particular […]

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Kathleen Boozang on Death with Dignity Legislation Currently Pending in New Jersey

Kathleen Boozang on Death with Dignity Legislation Currently Pending in New Jersey
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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 […]

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AMA Sailing Into the Noncompete Wind?

Filed in Health Law, Physicians by on September 10, 2013 0 Comments
AMA Sailing Into the Noncompete Wind?
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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 agreements that restrict the physician’s […]

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An Uncertain Future for ICD-10

Filed in Physicians by on February 26, 2012 0 Comments
An Uncertain Future for ICD-10
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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 Classification of […]

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