DOCTORS WIN BIG IN THE COURT OF APPEALS – COURT SETTLES DISPUTE OVER MLMIC SALE PROCEEDS

By Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq. and Seth A. Nadel, Esq.Email MichaelEmail Seth The New York Court of Appeals, by a unanimous bench, decided a question that has been highly contested throughout New York State emanating from the sale and demutualization of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (“MLMIC”), a mutual insurance company in the business of […]

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New York Court Awards Attorney’s Fees To A Patient Sued By a Physician for Defamation Based on a Negative On-Line Review

By David A. Zarett, Esq.Email David Given the ever-increasing prevalence of social media websites which “rate” physicians (such as Zocdoc and Yelp), it is not unusual for a disgruntled patient to post a negative review regarding a particular doctor. Understandably, any negative review creates consternation for physicians, who fear that the adverse publicity will interfere […]

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AVOID LITIGATION DISASTER – KNOW THE LAW

By Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq. & Floyd Grossman, Esq.Email MichaelEmail Floyd Federal and state governments regularly pass laws to protect consumers.  It is up to private businesses to adapt. This requires a thorough, well-counseled understanding of legislative objectives. Two recent foreclosure cases illustrate how common sense and extra postage might have averted litigation disaster for the […]

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Beware the Consequences of Worker Misclassification

By Mauro Viskovic, Esq.Email Mauro In violation of myriad applicable laws, many businesses will often hire workers as independent contractors, rather than employees.  The worker classification determination is often made without a thorough analysis of the applicable factors to be used for making the correct classification and without regard to the potential penalties and consequences for […]

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NYC MANDATES VACCINATION FOR PRIVATE EMPLOYEES

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email Jessica On December 13, 2021, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued an emergency Order mandating Covid-19 vaccination for private employees pursuant to Section 3.01(d) of the Health Code and Sections 556 and 558 of the New York City Charter. The emergency Order requires covered businesses […]

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HEALTHCARE FRAUD: SELF-DISCLOSURE PROTOCOL UPDATE

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Seth A. Nadel, Esq.Email MathewEmail Seth What is healthcare fraud? There are the obvious cases of greed, such as physicians billing for fictitious patients, services never performed, and the rendering of unnecessary medical procedures.  However, there is more to healthcare fraud than the obvious. This includes widely practiced rule-bending to […]

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Courts Enforce Contracts As Written – Except Sometimes

By Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq. & Floyd Grossman, Esq.Email MichaelEmail Floyd A lawsuit is the last thing you would expect when signing a real-estate contract.  And if litigation does ensue, you would expect a court to follow established rules of contract interpretation and hold the parties to what they signed.  Here we examine a recent court decision […]

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Understanding Dental Employment Contracts

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq.Email Mathew Unfortunately, yet understandably, most dentists are reluctant to read all of the provisions in their employment contracts in the belief that they face a “take it or leave it” quandary. However, dentists often do not realize that while there are provisions in such contracts that are standard in the […]

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Weiss Zarett & the PAP (Physician Advocacy Program)

Weiss Zarett will continue to offer the PAP (Physician Advocacy Program) for 2022 and we will be providing the same services. The 3 programs offered by the 2022 PAP are as follows: Premium Program $949 per year  Legal representation in connection with a matter before the OPMC, OPD, OMIG, MAC, OIG, QIO, OSHA or OCR.   Providers […]

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Heavy HIPAA Enforcement Efforts!

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq.Email Mathew To date, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has resolved 98% of nearly 257,000 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule complaints. OCR has settled and imposed civil monetary penalties totaling $130,980,482.00. According to the HIPAA Journal, in recent years OCR’s enforcement efforts increased. […]

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Banking in the Cannabis Industry: Update on the SAFE Banking Act

By Mauro Viskovic Esq.Email Mauro On April 19, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2021, which would serve to greatly expand the financing alternatives to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers for such businesses.  The bill is currently sitting within the Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing and […]

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Mandatory Vaccination for Healthcare Workers Expanded by New Emergency Regulations

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email Jessica On August 26, 2021, the New York State Department of Health’s Public Health and Health Planning Council in Albany voted to amend the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR), significantly expanding the emergency Covid-19 vaccination mandate previously announced by former Governor Andrew […]

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