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The Physician’s Advocate

A Blog and musings by Melanie Bork Graham The Doctor and the Data In a relatively short period of time, American medicine has moved from a doctor-centered model, to a patient-centered model to a data-driven model.  Professor John Wiener, of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, recently said that we are witnessing the most […]

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Health Law Attorneys At The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. Launch Free HIPAA Seminar Series

The health law attorneys at the Ezold Law Firm, P.C. will be hosting two upcoming seminars on issues related to  the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  Interested individuals are invited to attend the HIPAA seminar series held at the GSB Building in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania for breakfast, networking and guest speakers […]

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Non-Compete Agreements: Is Continued Employment Sufficient Consideration?

Non-compete agreements, or restrictive covenants, have long been disfavored in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania courts have consistently opined that non-compete agreements are a restraint on trade which could cause a significant hardship on employees who are merely trying to earn a living. For a non-compete to be enforceable, it must, at the very least be limited in […]

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HIPAA And Real Estate

Even if your business is not in the healthcare sector, recent legislation amending and expanding HIPAA may affect your operations.[1]  Your provider clients are very astute about regulatory compliance and expect you to be as well.  They know that your lack of HIPAA savvy can translate into significant monetary liability for them.  Indeed, a November […]

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Circuit Split on Legality of PPACA Insurance Subsidies for Federal Exchanges

On July 22, 2014, Federal Circuit Courts in different parts of the country issued conflicting rulings on a foundational issue affecting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010.   The issue before the Courts was whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for policies obtained through the federal (not state) insurance exchanges.  […]

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HIPAA Enforcement is Accelerating

This summer’s annual reports to Congress show that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is aggressively accelerating HIPAA enforcement.  In its Breach Report, OCR stated that by the end of 2013, it had resolved seven breach investigations resulting in total provider fines of around $8 million.  These resolutions represented […]

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National Survey Finds “Rampant” Religious Discrimination In The Workplace

A 2013 national “Survey of American Workers and Religion” found that 36 percent of respondents had been subject to religious discrimination in the workplace.   The survey questioned workers on issues such as whether the respondent’s workplace required employees to work on the Sabbath or whether they allowed employees to wear attire that expressed the employee’s […]

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Disability Discrimination in the Workplace

Disabled workers in Pennsylvania may be protected by both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA).  Pursuant to these laws, an employer cannot act adversely against an employee because the employee has an actual or a perceived disability. In addition, an employer must make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. […]

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What Constitutes Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Title VII prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace by employers with 15 or more employees. State and/or city law may prohibit religious discrimination in the workplace by employers with fewer employees. That means that your employer may not discriminate against you because of your religious beliefs. The law also prohibits an employer from harassing you […]

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Age Discrimination Lawsuit against Staples Decided in Plaintiff’s Favor

The largest verdict in Los Angeles history for an employment discrimination case was awarded to a former Staples employee fired in 2011. The employee was a facilities manager at Corporate Express prior to its acquisition by Staples in 2008. He received positive reviews for the nine years leading up to his firing. The lawsuit accused […]

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