Health Law Bulletin Fall 2014

Anti-trust case before U.S. Supreme Court could impact powers of state medical boards

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case that could impact the powers and composition of state medical licensing boards.

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New MA law allows attorneys to question prospecive jurors directly

A new Massachusetts law promises to alter how Superior Court jury trials are conducted, but the full impact is presently an open question.

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Certain RI health care employers need to revise policies on employee criminal records checks in wake of new law

A new Rhode Island law requires mandatory criminal records checks of new employees of home health care facilities, nursing care providers, hospice providers, and nursing facilities, and, as a result, these employers must revise their policies and practices to comply with the new law.

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Pre-suit med-mal settlements not exempt from NPDB reporting requirements

According to a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all negotiated resolutions of medical malpractice claims following a written demand for settlement must be reported to the federal government, including under laws such as the Massachusetts statute designed to encourage disclosure of medical errors, apologies by practitioners, and early pre-suit settlements.

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