New York City Hospitals: New Reporting Requirement Effective January 21

January 20, 2014

Beginning January 21, 2014, New York City hospitals must report the admission of any adult person ages 18-29 being admitted for first-episode psychosis diagnoses. Hospitals are required to make the report within 24 hours of admission, by telephone or in an acceptable electronic transmission format to the Director of the Division of Mental Hygiene of …

New York Court of Appeals Establishes Limits to Clinic’s Liability for Unauthorized Disclosure of a Patient’s Medical Information

January 17, 2014

The New York Court of Appeals ruled last week in  Doe v. Guthrie Clinic, Ltd. that Medical Corporations are not liable, under NY Law, for an employee’s breach of patient confidentiality if the employee was acting outside the scope of his or her employment.  Although this decision is important in regard to New York State …

New York Public Health and Health Planning Council Makes Ambulatory Care Recommendations

January 9, 2014

At a meeting on January 7, 2014, the Public Health and Health Planning Council (“PHHPC”) made a number of recommendations to the Department of Health (“DOH”) relating to the oversight of the following facilities providing ambulatory care: (1) Retail Clinics; (2) Urgent Care Centers; (3) Hospital-Sponsored Off-Campus Emergency Departments; and (4) Office Based Surgery facilities. …

Permanence? – Estate Tax Changes in the Air

January 8, 2014

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 set the Federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping base tax exclusion “permanently” at $5,000,000 and indexed it for inflation. It is now $5,250,000. It is scheduled to rise to $5,340,000 in 2014. The Federal estate tax rate on amounts in excess of the exemption is now 40%. The word …

New Law Regulates Compounded Drugs and Establishes FDA Authority to Develop National Pharmaceutical Track-and-Trace System

December 23, 2013

On November 27, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act (the “Act”).  prepared in response to the 2012 New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak, which killed sixty four (64) people, the Act modifies the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the “FD&C Act”) to grant the U.S. …