Legal

Potential Pitfalls for Retirement Plan Sponsors

Offering a retirement plan is an effective way for employers to attract top talent. 


LGBT: Legally-protected in the Workplace

Last year, the federal court of appeals covering Ohio (6th Circuit) determined transgender employees are per se protected from discrimination. (For those who want to read the decision, it’s EEOC v. RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., No. 16-2424 (6th Cir. March 7, 2018)). The...


Being Recruited? Trump Tax Cuts Make Relocation Expenses Taxable

In a competitive market, hospitals and other health care providers often offer fringe benefits (compliant with Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, of course) to attract talented physicians. As part of a recruitment package, in-demand physicians have come to expect employers to...


Competency v. Capacity: A Refresher Roadmap for Obtaining Informed Consent

On September 29, 2018, the latest version of Ohio’s informed consent statute, Revised Code 2317.54, became effective. It reaffirms how the responsibility for obtaining a patient’s written informed consent to a surgical or medical procedure remains with the physician. It reinforces that...


New Law Affects Physician Assistant Supervision Agreements

More and more physician practices are utilizing physician assistants as valuable extenders for providing care to patients according to a supervision agreement between the supervising physician and physician assistant, who acts within the scope of licensure under that physician’s...


Medical Marijuana Update — Implementation Is in Sight

What began in 2016 with the General Assembly’s passing of House Bill 253 (Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law) now has its scheduled implementation date — September 8 — in sight. Well, almost. Construction setbacks due to Ohio’s cold and wet winter, as well as delays in licensing marijuana...


LGBT: Legally-protected in the Workplace

In March of this year, the federal court of appeals covering Ohio (6th Circuit) determined transgender employees are per se protected from discrimination. (For those who want to read the decision, it’s EEOC v. RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., No. 16-2424 (6th Cir. March 7, 2018)). Last...


Disclosing PHI in the Opioid Crisis

Amidst exigent concerns and challenges resulting out of the opioid epidemic, physicians may ask: Under what circumstance can they disclose an individual’s protected health information (PHI) to family, loved ones, or others, without the patient’s authorization, according to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule?


OIG Posts Latest Guidance for Physician-Hospital Gainsharing Arrangements

On January 5, 2018, the Office of Inspector General posted an advisory opinion stating that it would not impose criminal or civil monetary sanctions against a physician group and hospital that agreed to implement a cost-reduction arrangement for spinal fusion surgeries performed at the hospital...


Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law Continues Toward Implementation

On September 8, 2017, the final rules for physician certificates to recommend medical marijuana became effective. This is a further step toward implementing Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law (House Bill 253), which will become fully operational by September 8, 2018.

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