The coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of healthcare — including medical malpractice. Sean P. Byrne, JD, a malpractice defense lawyer, discusses how COVID-19 has scrambled a physician's malpractice risks, and what doctors need to do to prepare.
On April 28, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order No. 60 (2020), officially titled “Clarification of Certain Immunity from Liability for Healthcare Providers in Responses to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).” While Virginia law already has immunity statutes for emergency times, there was some question as to the extent that these provisions would apply during the COVID-19 crisis. The Governor’s order provides important clarity to these questions.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, a number of scammers and criminals have already started trying to profit from the public’s fear regarding the pandemic. Fraudulent schemes asking patients to either pay cash or trade personal information for unapproved COVID-19 tests and treatments have popped up online and in social media. Many of these scams are aimed elderly individuals.
After nearly two years and endless negotiation amongst stakeholders, the Virginia House and Senate unanimously passed legislation to eliminate surprise hospital billing for Virginians covered under state-regulated health care plans. State-regulated health care plans are those that are fully insured or provided to government employees. ERISA plans and coverage provided by a single employer must opt into the law for it to apply. This could still leave millions of Virginians vulnerable to surprise billing practices.
As Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to arise across the United States, healthcare providers are facing extraordinary challenges. While patient care remains the most important consideration in this difficult time, many healthcare institutions are grappling with unprecedented questions on issues of patient safety, risk management, and regulatory compliance.
Anthony S. Cottone authored an article involving Tarasoff Statutes, addressing when a mental health provider may owe a duty to third parties for the actions of their patients. The article was published in the PLDF Quartlery’s first issue of 2020, and was the featured article. You can read this article here.
By Roxanne C. Millan, Esq. | Byrne Legal Group
In November 2019, I travelled with my husband, Daniel Millan, MD (Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia, VCU), and members of the pediatric urology team from VCU: Tony Herndon, MD, Rebecca Zee, MD, and Natalie Swavely, MD. With the support of IVUMed, an organization founded with the goal to provide urology services.Read More
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Looking to live up to a family lineage of entrepreneurial attorneys, a veteran local health care attorney has struck out on his own after more than 20 years at the same firm. And he’s brought a group of lawyers along for the ride.Read More
By Byrne Legal Group
When our team decided to launch the Byrne Legal Group we took inspiration from our health care provider clients. Our clients do what they do because they live to serve and help people in need. They heal the sick, fix the broken, and save the dying. But as good as modern medicine is, the dedicated people who work in the field are never satisfied with the status quo and are always working to improve. Same here.Read More