Washington’s Marijuana Law — Sorting out the myths and facts

Learn how marijuana legalization affects DUI laws and investigations. One of the many myths surrounding the passing of Initiative 502 was that for the first time, it became illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. Truth is, it has always been illegal to drive under the influence of any intoxicating substance, whether that is […]

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Averting the “Fiscal Cliff”: Implications for Healthcare Policy

Attorney and Health Law Section member John Pierce outlines the healthcare policy changes included in ATRA. The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), passed in the first week of January to prevent the nation going over the “fiscal cliff” (the set of tax increases and spending cuts that would otherwise have automatically become effective), includes several […]

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What 2012’s Medical Assistant Legislation (SB 6237) Means for Your Clients

In 2012, the Legislature passed legislation to regulate medical assistants at both the certification and registration levels. (The medical assistant legislation does not go into effect until July 1, 2013.) Medical assistants will replace the current “health care assistant” profession. The main advocate for the legislation was the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). For a […]

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Fellows v. Moynihan, et. al. — How It Affects Washington Hospitals

Does information collected by a hospital to review the qualifications of a physician for admission to medical staff constitute ”peer review” or ”quality improvement”? In a decision issued September 20, 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court concluded that when a hospital, through its medical staff, initially reviews the qualifications of a physician for admission to […]

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Cloud Considerations for Health Care Industry Clients

Cloud computing and storage are hot topics — not just in terms of how attorneys manage their own client data, but also in terms of how you advise your clients to manage their data. John Christiansen, Seattle-area health care lawyer and secretary of the WSBA Health Law Section, explores cloud computing considerations for the healthcare industry on […]

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