The Labor and Employment Law Landscape

Several significant changes to state and federal labor and employment laws are taking effect this year. Employers need to be aware of these laws in order to adjust employment policies and procedures accordingly. Understanding and complying with these laws is essential. Below is a nonexhaustive...

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...

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.

Physician Involvement in Politics: Nothing New

The candidacies of Ben Carson, MD, and Rand Paul, MD, for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are a reminder to the historically minded that physician involvement in American politics dates back to the Declaration of Independence in 1776. There were four physicians out of the 56 signers of the document that declared the new country’s independence from England.

More New York State’s Physician Profile

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stunned Albany observers by proposing elimination of the State’s Physician Profile website that was established under terms of the Patient Health Information and Quality Improvement Act of 2000, signed into law by Gov. George Pataki. This act brought New York state into compliance with congressional legislation on the same subject. 

Speaker Silver’s Era Ends

Democrat Sheldon Silver was on his way to becoming the longest-serving assembly speaker in New York state history when he was arrested Jan. 22 and charged with accepting more than $4 million in bribes and kickbacks. His arrest followed a lengthy investigation by Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, also a Democrat.

The Affordable Care Act, 4 1/2 Years Later

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the ACA into law after more than a year of debate both inside and outside of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The 2,000-plus-page ACA is often referred to as Obamacare since approval of the law was an early priority for President Obama and his administration.