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Beth Kase Speaks to the Washington Post About the American Health Care Act

Beth Kase was recently quoted in Amber Phillips's Washington Post article "Republicans’ health-care plan could launch some ugly political battles in state legislatures." In the article, Beth discusses potential impacts of an Obamacare repeal, and how the proposed American Health Care Act could affect low-income Americans without insurance. Click here to read the full article....

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Nick Jurkowitz Quoted in September Issue of Healthcare Risk Management Regarding Subpoenas

Nick Jurkowitz was quoted in the September issue of Healthcare Risk Management on legal issues regarding the strategies behind responding to subpoenas and quashing them. According to Nick, it is always a good idea to seek legal advice when dealing with subpoenas. “There may be internal policies and procedures that you don’t want out there or sensitive information that could be damaging to the hospital if it were to be made public. That’s when you need a tactical assessment to determi...

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Nick Jurkowitz Interviewed By Dentist’s Money Digest

Nick Jurkowitz was quoted extensively in Ed Rabinowitz’s Dentist’s Money Digest article “Proactive Measures Can Lessen— But Not Erase— Risk of Lawsuits.” The piece discusses factors that can contribute to increased litigation against dentists, including new products and negligence, poor bedside manner, and the lack of a point person in regards to risk management. According to Nick, while it’s impossible to negate the risk of litigation completely, there are a number of ways for dentists and other healthcar...

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Henry Fenton Interviewed by The Legal Broadcast Network

Henry Fenton was a guest expert on The Legal Broadcast Network’s segment “Dr. Lisa Tseng, Alleged ‘Pill Mill’ Doctor, Goes on Trial for Second Degree Murder,” which examined the criminal charges against Dr. Tseng arising from her prescription of narcotic drugs. According to Henry, the case should have been pursued as a civil case instead of a murder trial, and a guilty verdict in the case may make physicians reluctant to prescribe painkillers to patients in the future. The full segment can be viewed ...

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Legal Risks for Physicians in Today’s Healthcare Climate

Ben Fenton’s article “Legal Risks for Physicians in Today’s Healthcare Climate” appeared in the July 2015 issue of Physician Magazine. The article examines the numerous legal pitfalls that can affect physician practices, including malpractice, potential issues with employees, and financial interest disclosures. Click “Download PDF” to read the full article....

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Ben Fenton Quoted in “Health Care Industry Struggles With Employees’ Social Media Use” – Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal

Ben Fenton was quoted in Kibkabe Araya's Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal article "Health Care Industry Struggles With Employees' Social Media Use." The full article can be found below. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Health care industry struggles with employees' social media use By Kibkabe Araya In 2010, Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside fired five nurses for discussing shift changes on Facebook, even after it found no mention of patient information. The nurses fired back with an ...

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Ben Fenton and Lewis v. The Superior Court of California Covered by Kaiser Health News

Partner Ben Fenton's representation of Dr. Alwin Carl Lewis in the landmark case of Lewis v. The Superior Court of California was covered in Jodie Tillman's Kaiser Health News article "California High Court To Consider Limits on Regulators' Access to Prescription Database." After Dr. Lewis recommended a diet plan for a prospective patient, the patient reportedly considered the proposal “unhealthful” and filed a complaint with the Medical Board. In response, the Board obtained Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) reports on Dr. Lewis, e...

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Beth Kase Quoted in “7 Steps to Navigate Payment Allocation Under ACOs”

Beth Kase is quoted in Sabrina Roda's Becker's Hospital Review article "7 Steps to Navigate Payment Allocation Under ACOs." The article discuss ACO structure and metrics, Medicare ACOs, RBRVs and healthcare provider relationships.  The full article can be found here....

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Legal Update Re: New PT Legislation Affecting Podiatric Medical Corporations

Beth Kase's article "Legal Update Re: New PT Legislation Affecting Podiatric Medical Corporations" appeared in California Podiatric Medical Association's (CPMA) "Legal Update." The article discusses AB1000, which expressly adds licensed physical therapists to the list of healing arts professionals who may be professional employees, shareholders, officers, or dire...

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Recent California Case Holds that Emergency Room Physicians Can Sue HMOs for Negligently Delegating Reimbursement Obligations to IPAs

A California appeals court recently held that if an HMO negligently delegates its obligations to pay to an IPA, then emergency room physicians can sue the HMO for the IPA's failure to reimburse the physicians.   In Centinela Freeman Emergency Medical Associates v. Health Net of California, Inc., an HMO delegated the obligation of physician reimbursement to an IPA, which is permitted under California's Health & Safety Code.  Despite being delegated the duty to reimburse, the IPA experienced financial problems and failed to make payments to the emergency room physicians.  The em...

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