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The Doctor Is In – or Better Be, to Satisfy PA’s New Informed Consent Requirements

Posted in Compliance Issues, Medical Records, News from the Health Law Gurus, Pennsylvania, Physician Practice Models
With the increased presence of qualified staff members in a physician’s office and the constant time-pressure on physicians, many patients rely heavily on individuals other than the physician to answer questions about medications, procedures, and treatment plans. Physicians, in turn, lean heavily on qualified staff members to ensure patients have access to adequate information and… Continue Reading

The Doctor Will See You Right Now: Understanding Urgent Care Centers

Posted in Pennsylvania, Trends
In today’s busy world, convenience is a prized commodity. From pre-ordering and paying online for your favorite Starbucks drink to pulling up instantaneous directions on Google Maps, people value solutions that save time and make their lives easier. This trend carries over into the health care industry; most notably in the increasing popularity of urgent… Continue Reading

Protected Health Information: Providers Must Proceed with Caution

Posted in HIPAA, Medical Records, Mental Health Procedures Act, Pennsylvania, Privacy, Security
Medical records are a powerful weapon in the courtroom. They may reveal the extent of an individual’s injury in a personal injury case or substantiate the severity of an individual’s mental illness when that mental illness is being used as a defense. However, while using medical records in litigation can be a dream come true… Continue Reading

Ask the Health Law Gurus™: Can a Prison Forcibly Medicate an Inmate with a Psychotropic Drug against the Inmate’s Will?

Posted in Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania
Question: Can a Pennsylvania prison forcibly administer a psychotropic medication to an inmate against the inmate’s will? Answer: In Pennsylvania, a prison’s ability to forcibly medicate an inmate with a psychotropic drug depends upon the circumstances and whether the circumstances constitute an extreme emergency. However, in the majority of cases, prisons must follow a formal… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Physicians Now Required to Wear Photo Identification Badges

Posted in Legislation, Pennsylvania, Regulations
As of June 1, 2015, a new Pennsylvania law went into effect, requiring the following individuals to wear photo identification badges: All employees and physicians working at health care facilities licensed by the Department [of Health] who provide direct care to patients or consumers; All employees and physicians working at the private practice of physicians… Continue Reading