Skip to content

Posts from the ‘health law section’ Category

6
Apr

Stricter Health Dept. Rule Hikes Cost for New Walk-in Surgery Centers

Surgeon hand in a green latex glove is holding C-notes.
Previously overlooked legal rules could raise costs for physicians seeking to establish or expand small outpatient surgery centers.

A gloved surgeon hand holding C-notes.New enforcement of previously overlooked legal requirements could significantly raise costs for physicians seeking to establish or expand small outpatient surgery centers. The Washington State Department of Health recently limited exemptions in its Certificate of Need Program, which regulates how health care providers can build or expand facilities and offer new services. Read more »

15
Sep

New Law Opens Dental Practice Ownership to Those Not Licensed to Practice

Dentist treats a young girl in cowgirl boots
Effective July 23, 2017, a new law resolves many long-running conflicts between licensed dentists and dental support organizations and brings clarity to a number of issues.

Dentist treats a young girl in cowgirl bootsDental support organizations are typically not owned by dentists, so historically they use creative methods to operate in Washington. Until recently, state law required any entity providing dental services to be owned and controlled by licensed dentists. A new law opens that door, while placing clear restrictions and patient protections.

Effective July 23, 2017, the new law resolves many long-running conflicts between licensed dentists and dental support organizations and brings clarity to a number of issues. Read more »

8
Sep

Navigating Inherent Bias in Social Security Law

Two Social Security Cards
Social Security disability law can be a squeeze play. Sometimes the truth almost guarantees a lengthy appeal just to get a benefit.

Two Social Security CardsIn a perfect world, there’d be less need for the safety nets of Social Security, and no one who warranted disability would be denied because of administrative or subjective biases. This world isn’t perfect, though, and biases exist to the point where a whole industry has been formed to get unduly denied and disabled Americans the support they have been and are guaranteed by Congress and the law. Read more »

27
Mar

Mental Health Professionals Now Subject to Expanding Tort Liability

Worried female psychiatrist speaking to client
A recent Supreme Court ruling extends psychiatrists’ duty to people harmed by their client even if the client never mentioned a threat.

Worried female psychiatrist speaking to clientThe Washington Supreme Court recently extended the potential duty a psychiatrist owes to people harmed by their outpatient clients. In Volk v. DeMeerleer, 187 Wn.2d 241, 386 P.3d 254 (2016), the Court extended this potential duty to protect despite the absence of any threat to others made by the patient to the psychiatrist. This decision may have detrimental, long-lasting consequences for mental health professionals in Washington. Read more »

20
Jul

Court of Appeals Revisits ‘Who Is the Client?’ Question in Insurance Defense

who?
The Court of Appeals recently reaffirmed Washington’s “one client” standard for insurance company defense counsel.

whoThe Court of Appeals recently reaffirmed Washington’s “one client” standard for insurance company defense counsel.
Read more »