Legal

CCBLaw: At the Forefront of Health Law

Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll PLLC (CCBLaw) has the largest, most experienced health law team in Central New York focusing on the needs of healthcare practitioners. The recent integration of Wood & Smith P.C. expands the firm’s expertise and reach even further.


April 1 Deadline to Pass Budget

As March begins, the New York State Legislature once again faces an April 1 constitutional deadline for passage of the budget for Fiscal Year 2019–2020. Since Democrats now control the State Senate and State Assembly, the annual battle of the budget could be less contentious than usual...


Legalizing Recreational Use of Marijuana

Last month Governor Andrew Cuomo attended 13 listening sessions across the state about the proposal to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana, including those in Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown. The proposal for legalizing marijuana could...


HealthCare Employers: New York state’s New Sexual Harassment Laws Implement Stronger Protections Against Workplace Harassment

New legislation pertaining to workplace sexual harassment affects all employers in New York state and will require them to revise policies, procedures and agreements.

These laws apply to all employers in New York state, regardless of the number of employees. Any employer with at...


CCBLaw: At the Forefront of Health Law

Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll PLLC (CCBLaw) has the largest, most experienced health law team in Central New York focusing on the needs of healthcare practitioners. The recent integration of Wood & Smith P.C. expands the firm’s expertise and reach even further.


CCBLaw: At the Forefront of Health Law

Cohen Compagni Beckman Appler & Knoll PLLC (CCBLaw) has the largest, most experienced health law team in Central New York focusing on the needs of healthcare practitioners. The recent integration of Wood & Smith P.C. expands the firm’s expertise and reach even further.


Issues in Telemedicine

A very hot topic today is telemedicine. This has been brought about in no small part by the New York insurance parity laws that became effective on Jan. 1, 2016, whereby payors now had to pay for a service delivered by telemedicine in the same manner the payor would have paid for that service if performed in a face-to-face encounter.


Addressing Ransomware as Part of Your HIPAA Compliance Program

An increasing number of hospitals around the country have been crippled by ransomware attacks. Until recently, hospitals and other healthcare facilities were unsure whether these malware infections were required to be reported as breaches of HIPAA. Recent guidance issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) signals that these attacks do, in fact, constitute breaches under HIPAA and trigger breach notification processes by HIPAA-covered entities and business associates.


A Physician’s Duty to Warn ... A Doctor’s Duty of Care Extended to Third Parties

A physician must possess and use “that reasonable degree of learning and skill that is ordinarily possessed by physicians and surgeons in the locality where he (or she) practices.”1 This is referred to as the “duty of care.” A duty of care is a legal obligation and exists because of the contractual relationship between a patient and a physician. When a physician deviates from the applicable standard of care and the deviation causes injury to a patient, the physician is liable for damages caused by his or her medical negligence.


Working Overtime: Are Your Exempt Employees Truly Exempt?

Employees are categorized into one of two classes for purposes of overtime pay: exempt or non-exempt. Non-exempt employees must be paid at least 1.5 times their hourly rate for work exceeding 40 hours in a week. By contrast, exempt employees are exempt from the protections of the overtime rules. Accordingly, exempt employees are not entitled to overtime pay regardless of the number of hours worked in a given week.