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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 9 Feb 2018

Idaho Jury Finds Noncompetition Covenant in Limited Partnership Agreement Does Not Apply to In-Office Procedures

On January 24, 2018, a Boise, Idaho jury found that Treasure Valley Hospital Limited Partnership could not enforce a noncompetition covenant to…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 9 Feb 2018

North Carolina Introduces Bill to Legalize Physician-Assisted Dying

Ten years ago, physician-assisted dying was legal in Oregon only. It is now legal in Vermont, Colorado, California, Washington, Montana, and the…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 30 Oct 2017

Hospital Policies and Procedures v. Standards of Care

It is well-established that a health care organization's policies and procedures can serve as evidence of the standard of care; and their violation…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 10 Aug 2017

Physicians Must Obtain Patient Informed Consent Directly, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says

A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled recently that physicians must communicate directly with patients and not rely on information conveyed by…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 8 Jul 2015

Florida appeals court holds malpractice damages caps unconstitutional

A Florida appeals court July 1 held that caps on noneconomic damages awards in medical malpractice actions imposed by state law violated the equal…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 26 Feb 2015

California Supreme Court says Health Department must disclose details of cited abuses at state-owned facilities for mentally ill, developmentally disabled

The California Supreme Court held in a unanimous decision issued February 19 that the State Department of Health (DPH) could not withhold the…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 30 Jul 2014

Ohio physician assistants and advance practice nurses now permitted to admit patients to hospitals

To meet patient demand, the prevalence of physician extenders continues to grow along with their scope of practice. Effective May 20, 2014, Ohio law…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 27 Jun 2014

Telemedicine: legal and practical considerations

We last wrote about telemedicine in this column 15 years ago. Much has happened since then, so it's time for a refresher on some of the legal and…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 9 May 2014

Alaska Legislature passes telemedicine bill

Alaskan lawmakers cleared April 25 a bill (HB 281) that would allow physicians to prescribe individuals non-controlled substances over the phone or…
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American Health Lawyers Association | USA | 28 Apr 2014

The fines they are a-changin’: new regulations herald increased fines for California hospitals

As of April 1, 2014, California hospitals are subject to a significantly increased risk of being fined when state authorities find deficiencies in…
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