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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New York State’s Newly-Announced Vaccine Mandate Policy for Healthcare Entities

By Joshua D. Sussman, Esq. and Jessica Woodrow, Esq. Email Joshua Email Jessica On August 16, Governor Cuomo announced a new vaccine mandate for New York State healthcare workers. This announcement aligns with the Department of Labor’s OSHA June emergency temporary standard, the Center for Disease Control’s July guidelines urging employers to encourage its workers to […]

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HOW NEIGHBORLY DO YOU HAVE TO BE?

By Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq. & Floyd G. Gossman, Esq.Email Michael Email Floyd You hear a knock on the door. . . .  It’s your next-door neighbor, who tells you about plans to make improvements to his property.  You are assured by your neighbor that all improvements will be made according to applicable building codes, and that […]

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Do Your Employee Confidentiality Agreements Comply with Applicable Law?

By Mauro Viskovic, Esq.Email Mauro Although it has been nearly eleven years since The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) was enacted, many companies continue to violate Dodd-Frank by failing to incorporate the necessary whistle-blower protections in their employee confidentiality agreements. Pursuant to Dodd-Frank, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) promulgated Rule 21F-17 […]

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The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule Has Taken Effect

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email Mathew Email Jessica After years of anticipation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (“ONC”) issued its Cures Act Final Rule on Interoperability, Information Blocking, and Open Notes, effective April 5, 2021. This important issuance, which originated with the 21st Century Cures Act (2016), […]

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Telehealth Law & COVID-19: Changes To Look Out for in 2021

Telehealth and telemedicine have been on the rise over the past decade for those in the healthcare industry. As technology improves, more patients opt for remote medical care to alleviate the costs and inconveniences associated with in-person care.  Recently, this area of medical services has received a metaphorical shot in the arm because of the […]

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Ambulatory Surgery Centers As Investments

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. and Mauro Viskovic, Esq.  Investments in ambulatory surgery centers (“ASC”) appear to be on the rise. On April 29, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) posted an important advisory opinion¹ in which it concluded that a specific investment in an ASC by certain medical providers would not result in […]

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Medicare Payments On Hold Pending Congressional Sequester Fix

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Zoila Sanchez, J.D., M.P.H.Email Mathew Email Zoila Participating Medicare providers already experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic would be further hit by a 2% payment cut until Congress takes action next month with the passage of a sequester fix. To address this issue, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) […]

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Adult-Use Cannabis Now Legal in New York

By Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq. A summary of the key provisions of the new law is set forth below. Office of Cannabis Management: The new law establishes the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM), which will be part of the New York State Liquor Authority. The OCM will be responsible in crafting and overseeing the corresponding […]

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Medicare Payments on Hold Pending Congressional Sequester Fix

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq.Email Mathew Participating Medicare providers already experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic would be further hit by a 2% payment cut until Congress takes action next month with the passage of a sequester fix. To address this issue, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is temporarily pausing Medicare […]

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