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November 2015 Archives

In topsy-turvy health care environment, compliance can be tricky

Business transactions in the health care field are moving at a record pace in 2015. Analysts say the driving forces behind the robust merger and acquisition activity are many. Low interest rates get some of the credit. But the desire for scale is important, too.

Health care highlights solid October jobs growth

The health care industry in New York and the rest of the country is undergoing something of a renaissance. Some call it good. Others call it bad. Regardless of what side of the fence you might be on, the one thing that is certain is that the economic trend in health care is in flux. In the midst of change, the spectrum of possible business issues that can arise is broad. Consulting an attorney with experience in the health care arena should be a high priority.

Medicare Will Soon Pay Docs To Discuss End Of Life

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) encourages a "medical home" model of care, which aims to improve patient access and quality of care through increased communication between physicians and patients and increased care coordination, while simultaneously reducing costs. In an effort to jump start this model, starting in 2016, Medicare will pay physicians to provide patients with advance care planning ("ACP") services, including a face to-face meeting to explain, discuss and complete advance directives such as a health care proxy. The meeting could be with a patient or his or her authorized family member, health care agent or other surrogate.

New York Patient Caregivers Law Signed Into Law

New York Hospitals, clinics and practices and the doctors, nurses and support personnel they employ, can find that the environment in which they operate changes quickly. Under an amendment to the New York Public Health Law enacted this week, starting in April of 2016, NY hospitals will be required to allow patients over the age of 18 to select a "caregiver" following entry into a hospital and prior to discharge or transfer to another facility. The caregiver" can be anyone who has a significant relationship with the patient, such as a relative, partner, friend or neighbor. See NY Public Health Law 2994hh et seq.

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