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Coronavirus ‘Civil Authority’ Coverage May Hinge On Science

Law360 (March 18, 2020, 9:04 PM EDT) — A New Orleans restaurant recently filed the first of a potential wave of lawsuits seeking insurance to cover losses from government-mandated closures due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and disputes over this “civil authority” coverage may center on the unsettled science on how long the virus can linger in properties. Read more…

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Recovering Coronavirus Related Lost Profits through Insurance

Business interruption insurance (also known as business disruption insurance) is part of many property damage policies and intended to compensate for lost revenue and related lost profits when a business has to unexpectedly halt or reduce operations.  To the extent suppliers or customers are affected, contingent business interruption or leader property insurance may apply (leader property insurance provides coverage when a business is negatively impacted by the closure of an unowned property that would otherwise generate customer traffic to the insured).  Many policies also include coverage for interruption to property access by civil or military authority.  In the current environment, many businesses have been mandated by government authorities (i.e. civil authority) to close or significantly curtail operations in hopes of minimizing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more…

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Opinion | Erin McCool: COVID-19: What should employers know?

As COVID-19 continues to spread through our communities, the state and federal governments are beginning to take actions intended to protect businesses and employees.

The most pressing questions that employers are dealing with include how to protect their workers from contracting the virus and what to do if any employee has either contracted the virus, has been quarantined, or has a family member that has contracted the virus or been quarantined. Read more…

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ILN Firm of the Month – Ogden Murphy Wallace, Seattle!

We are proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Ogden Murphy Wallace, Seattle!
Ogden Murphy Wallace, P.L.L.C. is a leading multispecialty law firm committed to providing practical, cost-effective legal services to businesses, municipal entities, and individuals. They have served Pacific Northwest clients for 100 years, providing additional legal services as their clients’ affairs have prospered and expanded. They address each client’s needs with the most appropriate expertise available in their firm, using a team approach to draw on the specialized knowledge of attorneys best qualified to meet those needs.
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Part 2 Rule Update Modernizes SUD Record Disclosure Regulations

On January 3, 2018 the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a final rule implementing new changes to the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, 42 C.F.R. part 2 (Part 2). The Part 2 privacy regulations govern the confidentiality of substance use disorder (SUD) patient records which are maintained in connection […]

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Changes to Washington’s Pregnancy and Leave Laws

Accommodation of Pregnant Employees Effective July 23, 2017, employers in Washington State with 15 or more employees must provide specific reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees.  Undue hardship is not an excuse for some of the accommodations, including: Providing more frequent, longer, or flexible restroom breaks Modifying a no food or drink policy Providing seating or […]

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Healthcare Mobile Device Encryption: Is It Required?

Encryption of mobile device technology has become essential in the eyes of the OCR.  Although HIPAA treats encryption as an “addressable” safeguard –as opposed to a “required” safeguard— under the Security Rule, the following OCR settlements involving unencrypted mobile devices indicate that encryption is obligatory for HIPAA compliance. As new technologies emerge and the use […]

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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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Texas Injunction on Modifications to “Exempt” Status May Affect WA Healthcare Employers

The Department of Labor’s (the “DOL”) new rule related to the salary-level test for exempt employees was challenged yesterday in a broad ruling from the Eastern District of Texas.  Yesterday, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the DOL rule which increased the salary-level test for exempt […]

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MACRA Released

On Friday, CMS released the MACRA final rules, its innovative payment system for Medicare replacing the sustainable growth rate formula and the EHR Incentive Program for Medicare providers. MACRA creates the framework for providers to participate in the CMS Quality Payment Program through either the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMS) or the Merit-based Incentive […]

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