CARES Act Promises Access to SBA Loans and Future Loan Forgiveness for Small Businesses (Including Physician and Professional Practices) Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Alan H. Sonnenklar, Esq. Email Alan On Friday, March 27, 2020, the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, intended to provide immediate and much-needed relief to individuals and businesses affected by the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, was signed into law by President Trump. At a price tag of roughly $2 trillion, […]

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HHS To Issue Regulation Allowing Physicians to Practice Across State Lines Without Additional Licensing

The coronavirus pandemic has brought attention to physician shortages in certain regions of the United States. At a March 18 press conference, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States Department of Health and Human Services, “at the President’s direction,” would issue a regulation that day allowing “all doctors and medical professionals to practice […]

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Massive Federal Stimulus Negotiated

Congressional leaders have seemingly reached agreement on a $2 trillion dollar package sending urgent financial help to small businesses, government entities, individuals and healthcare providers.  Beginning in April, $1200 checks will be mailed to Americans based on income shown in 2018 taxes, $500 billion in loans will be made available for distressed businesses, $350 billion […]

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COVID-19 and Small Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on businesses and their employees from a physical, mental and economic standpoint. While the government continues to focus on fashioning additional safety nets for those quarantined, or deemed positive or caring for family members so situated, the government has yet to offer significant relief to small business […]

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OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

The ongoing coronavirus epidemic is poised to launch a period of explosive growth for remote health care providers. The HIPAA Privacy Rule implies that exchanging ePHI remotely is acceptable for direct patient-physician communications; however, existing HIPAA guidelines on telemedicine, which affect physicians and healthcare organizations providing remote services for patients, impose much stricter requirements than […]

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Liquidated Damages and Oral Amendments to Written Contracts

By Michael D. Brofman, Esq.Email the Author Many business people and professionals, including physicians, have seen liquidated damages provisions in both business and employment agreements.  Effectively, the liquidated damages provisions in such agreements may provide that in the event one party to the agreement breaches the contract, that breaching party agrees that the other party […]

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New York Shield Act

By Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email the Author As per New York’s Stop Hacks and Improve Electric Data Security (“SHIELD”) Act, which was signed into law on July 25, 2019, significant amendments have been made to the existing New York State Information Security Breach and Notification Act (“NY Breach and Notification Act”). This law governs notification […]

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Manslaughter Charges Affirmed Against Prescribing Physician For Patients’ Fatal Overdoses

By Jessica M. Seidman, Esq.Email the Author In the current climate of heightened awareness of the dangers of opioid addiction–and enhanced enforcement by New York State Health Department’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Drug Enforcement Administration–New York’s highest court, by majority decision, has recently affirmed the conviction of a physician on charges of […]

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Anatomy Of A Business Dispute: Preparing To Sue

By Michael J. Spithogiannis, Esq.Email the Author Thorough pre-litigation preparation is essential to any lawsuit, but it is particularly so in a case contesting conduct of those who manage corporations and limited-liability companies.  Such entities can be closely held, meaning their stock or membership interests are not freely traded and are held by relatively few […]

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As California Goes: What You Need To Know About CCPA Exemptions

By Jessica Woodrow, Esq.Email the Author The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), California’s sweeping new data privacy law enacted on June 28, 2018, goes into effect in January 2020. Because California has historically been the vanguard for social, legislative, and political innovation, and because of its similar-but-different compatibility with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, […]

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Understanding the Issues Related to Concierge Medicine

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq.Email the Author Since its introduction in the mid-1990s in Seattle, Washington, a growing number of medical practitioners have converted their medical practices into “concierge” practices, or they have joined concierge practice networks. These practitioners have found fulfillment, flexibility, and financial gain; they can once again enjoy practicing medicine and reduce […]

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New Medicare Rule

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email Mathew Email Stacey As of November 4, 2019, a new Medicare Rule known as the Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-FC) became effective. This Rule gives Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) broader authority to deter fraud by preventing certain providers and suppliers from […]

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