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Our firm would like to take time to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our health care clients and all other health care workers during this stressful time. You are working endless hours to protect and care for the vulnerable and sick. You are putting yourselves at risk while you spend time away from your families to care for others.
To address the impact of COVID-19 on patient privacy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights recently issued a bulletin discussing how HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates may use or disclose patient information during an outbreak or other emergency situation. This post summarizes relevant authorized uses and disclosures under HIPAA.
An Arbitration Agreement Executed by a Power of Attorney is Deemed Valid by the Missouri Supreme Court
On Tuesday November 19, 2019 the Missouri Supreme Court in Ingram v. Chateau held that an “attorney-in-fact” acting pursuant to a power of attorney, can execute a binding arbitration agreement that is contained as part of a facility’s admission materials.
Charges are expected to be filed against the Administrator of a nursing home and three of its nurses following the deaths of 12 residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Florida in the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Irma. The charges are anticipated to include manslaughter charges.