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August 21 Effective Date for New EPA Standards for Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

We recently outlined key provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Final Rule modifying the standards governing industry management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, which become effective August 21, 2019. Client Alert

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Workplace Violence Prevention Plans Now Mandatory for California Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities

Our colleagues, , at Epstein Becker Green, has a post on the Health Employment and Labor blog that will be of interest to many of our readers: “Workplace Violence Prevention Plans Now Mandatory for California Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities.”

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Workplace Violence Prevention Plans Now Mandatory for California Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities

Effective April 1, 2018, California became the first state to require all acute-care hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities to develop and implement comprehensive workplace violence prevention plans. This mandate is intended to protect hospital employees from workplace violence caused by patients and/or family members.

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The importance of a good night’s sleep – hospital and psychiatrist asleep at the wheel

The District Court of New South Wales recently considered the duty of care owed by a hospital and treating psychiatrist to a patient who suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident after being discharged from hospital. The hospital attempted to persuade the Court that the plaintiff was discharged in accordance with the psychiatrist’s orders, sought an indemnity from the psychiatrist and pleaded contributory negligence against the plaintiff. The psychiatrist denied negligence, sought an indemnity from the hospital, pleaded contributory negligence against the plaintiff and attempted to defend her conduct based upon peer professional opinion as to competent professional practice (section 5O Civil Liability Act – CLA).

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Failure to Provide Communication Aide Costs Hospital $20K

John Dempsey Hospital agreed to pay $20,000 as compensation to a patient after failing to provide auxiliary communication aids during an emergency department visit. The patient, who is deaf and uses American Sign Language for communication, had to rely on a companion for all treatment communications.  In addition to paying compensation to the patient, the […]

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Clients May be Interested to Submit Comments on a Proposed Requirement that AOs Post Surveys and Plans of Correction on the AOs Websites

On April 14, 2017, CMS issued the FY 2018 Medicare Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule that includes numerous proposed changes.   However, there is a very small provision in this proposed rule that organizations may not be aware of …. especially those that are not hospitals and who normally would not look at the Hospital IPPS rule.

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Hospital fails the test

In Gould v South Western Sydney Local Health District [2017] NSWDC 67, the District Court of NSW considered the duty of care owed by Liverpool Hospital to an 8 year old boy who presented on 22 August 2011 with a severe crush injury to his left thumb and an injury to his middle finger. At issue was the emergency medical and surgical treatment of the thumb injury which subsequently developed an infection and gangrene, ultimately resulting in a partial amputation on 15 September 2011.

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Epstein Becker Green Submits Comments on Required Disclosure of Hospital-Physician Financial Relationships

Epstein Becker Green, on behalf of a number of clients, submitted comments in January, 2009, to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) concerning the new Disclosure of Financial Relationships Report (“DFRR”), which requires 400 hospitals to disclose their financial relationships with their respective physicians.

The DFRR was implemented to collect information that will be used to analyze investment or compensation arrangements between each of the 400 hospitals selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to determine whether they are in compliance with the Stark law.

On December 19, 2008, CMS published a notice that the OMB would be accepting comments concerning the DFRR.

The DFRR requires, among other things, that hospitals disclose information regarding direct and indirect physician investment and ownership in the hospital, payments to the hospital by physician owners and each rental, personal service and recruitment arrangement between the hospital and physicians. The DFRR also contains a series of questions targeting information on other types of compensation arrangements between the hospital and physicians, including non-monetary compensation to physicians, medical staff incidental benefits that exceed published limits and charitable donations by physicians to the hospital.

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