Topic: Health Care

Regulatory Reminder: New CT Health Care Laws Effective October 1

A number of new statutes affecting hospitals and other health care providers were enacted during the past legislative session. To help remind the health care industry of the changes ahead, we’ve highlighted below some of the key pieces of legislation that are scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2018: Urgent Care Centers (PA 18-149)…

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CT Supreme Court Holds Hospital Vicariously Liable for Negligence of Surgical Resident

Following its 2016 decision in Cefaratti v. Aranow, where a hospital was held to be vicariously liable for the negligence of a non-employee physician who held hospital privileges, the Supreme Court of Connecticut recently decided that there was sufficient evidence to find a teaching hospital vicariously liable for the negligence of a surgical resident during…

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BREAKING….SUPREME COURT ISSUES DECISION IN JANUS V. AFSCME CO. 31 – AGENCY SHOP DEEMED UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND AGENCY FEES MAY NOT BE CONTINUALLY DEDUCTED WITHOUT AFFIRMATIVE EMPLOYEE CONSENT

The wait is over. For better or worse, this morning the United States Supreme Court issued what may well prove to be the most important public-sector labor law decision of the last 50 years.  By a 5-4 majority the Supreme Court’s conservatives in an opinion authored by Justice Alito have held in Janus v. AFSCME…

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No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: A Compliance Warning on Lavish Entertainment and Bogus Educational Meetings

Health care practitioners should need no reminder that government authorities closely scrutinize practitioner relationships with the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Reports of payments under the federal Physician Sunshine Act represent just one way the authorities become aware of payments to practitioners. Still, a recent settlement under the Anti-Kickback Statute concerning physician entertainment expenses is…

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2017 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

Pullman & Comley’s annual review of significant case law affecting Connecticut health care providers (click here to view) summarizes a number of important decisions issued in 2017 by Connecticut state courts and the federal District Court in Connecticut. Among the 2017 highlights are state court decisions addressing informed consent; exceptions to the physician-patient privilege; and…

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Session Replay Scripts: Time to Go Under the Hood on Your Organization’s Website

**This article was first published in the American Health Lawyers Association newsletter and is reprinted with permission. Given the ubiquity and utility of analytics in all facets of the modern health-care delivery system, it is not surprising that many organizations would be tempted to use these tools as marketing aids on their websites. Recent articles by privacy…

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Telehealth Opportunities Worth Watching in 2018

Continued physician shortages, reduced reimbursement from government and private insurance plans and the ever-increasing health care needs of an aging population are forcing payors and providers alike to increase the utilization of telehealth services to improve access and maintain the affordability of care. As 2017 draws to a close, Connecticut providers should be aware of…

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New Home Health Rules Effective in January 2018—Some Traps for the Unwary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued new Conditions of Participation (CoP) for home health agencies (HHA) that are effective January 13, 2018.  The CoP were originally scheduled to take effect on July 13, 2017; a final rule delaying the effective date until January 13, 2018 was issued this past summer. CMS…

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The Impact of the New Connecticut Budget on the Health Care Industry

The bipartisan state budget became law yesterday (the “Budget Act”). While Governor Malloy vetoed a provision requiring supplemental payments to hospitals, the Budget Act includes numerous other provisions affecting the health care industry. We’ve highlighted some of the key provisions that impact the operations of hospitals and other health care providers in Connecticut. Unless otherwise…

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Connecticut Court Declines to Apply Physician Non-Compete Statute Retroactively

A Connecticut superior court recently held that Connecticut’s statute limiting the noncompetition agreements by which Connecticut physicians may be bound, may not be applied retroactively. In the 2016 legislative session, the Connecticut legislature enacted Section 20-14p, which provides, among other things, that a non-competition agreement with a physician may not restrict the physician’s activities for…

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