Administrative Law: Attorneys Miriam R. Coles and John D. Buchanan, Jr., of Â Henry, Buchanan, Hudson, Suber & Carter, P.A. in Tallahassee provide insight on seeking redress from disciplinary action imposed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration. Â This is a must-read for attorneys who represent clients regulated by AHCA, particularly on issues of what actions are investigatory in nature as opposed to final agency action.
EMTALA: Attorneys Nancy S. Paikoff and David R. Phillips of Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen’s Clearwater, FL office discuss hospitals’ obligations under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act Â to treat undocumented aliens. The article eloquently explains the practical issues that hospital counsel face in looking at the facts of each patient encounter.
EMRs and Malpractice Litigation: Â Attorney Alyssa Mason of Kirwin Norris in Orlando address the impact of the emergence of electronic medical records systems on medical malpractice law. Â In a well-researched article, she presents an argument that EMRs have a potential to increase the number of medical malpractice suits filed and to change the course of medical malpractice litigation.
ACOs: Â Attorney Andrew S. Bolin of Beytin, McLaughlin, McLaughlin, O'Hara & Bolin's Tampa office writes about potential areas of negative exposure for providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations. Â The article insightfully applies some ACO concepts like shared responsibility for patients to concepts like non-delegable duties and joint ventures to ask: who is accountable to whom?