New Laws and Regulations on Surprise Billing Practices
Balance billing from medical providers has attracted the attention of legislatures at both the state and federal level. Information on how these measures may impact doctors, hospitals and insurance providers can be found here.
OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standard For COVID-19
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) June 10 to address the hazard posed to health care workers whose positions expose them to SARS-COVID-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Information on the ETS, which applies to health care workers who are reasonably expected to be present at their place of employment and where the employee provides direct health care services or health care support services, can be found here.
Business Compliance with Virginia's Consumer Data Protection Act
Signed into law earlier this year, the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (VCDPA) is a comprehensive privacy law that will affect many businesses either based in Virginia or doing business with or marketing to consumers in the Commonwealth. As the name suggests, the VCDPA is designed to provide protections to consumer data, allowing consumers to access, modify, or delete their personal information, and choose to opt out of the sale and processing of that information for targeted advertising and profiling purposes. Entities that will be doing business in Virginia after January 2023 when the law goes into effect need to assess now whether the provisions of the VCDPA apply, and if so, take the steps necessary to become compliant with the new law. More information can be found here.
Several firm attorneys have accepted leadership roles within the Richmond Bar Association: R. Braxton Hill IV is president-elect; Belinda D. Jones is a member of the Board of Directors; and Callaghan S. Guy is chair-elect of the Real Estate Section.
Michael C. Guanzon has been appointed to a three-year term to the Board of Managers (Directors) of the University of Virginia Alumni Association.
Health care practice group leader Jon Joseph presented a program on information blocking and provider responsibilities under the 21st Century Cures Act at a May 14 meeting of the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards Quality Leadership Council.
The following Christian & Barton attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2021 Virginia Super Lawyers list: Peter E. Broadbent Jr. (intellectual property); S. Perry Coburn (business litigation); Christopher M. Gill (real estate); Michael C. Guanzon (business/corporate); Warren David Harless (business litigation); R. Braxton Hill IV (business litigation); Belinda D. Jones (civil litigation defense); Jonathan M. Joseph (health care); David B. Lacy (general litigation); Michael W. Smith (business litigation); E. Ford Stephens (insurance coverage); and Henry I. Willett III (civil litigation defense). In addition, Elizabeth S. Olcott was named to the 2021 Virginia Rising Stars list in the health care category.
New HIPAA Safe Harbor Law
The new HIPAA “Safe Harbor” law H.R. 9898, which became law Jan. 5, 2021, amended the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). Providers should take steps now to ensure that vendors that handle protected health information (PHI) subject to HIPAA are compliant with the new law. More information can be found here.
Christian & Barton real estate attorney David D. Redmond was named a Washington and Lee University Distinguished Five-Star Alumni Award winner. The honor recognizes conspicuous contributions to the University, community service and personal and professional achievements.
During his career Redmond has been active in bar leadership, serving on the Richmond Bar Association’s Executive Committee and chair of the Real Estate Section. He has been a volunteer leader for many community organizations, including 35 years of service with St. Joseph’s Villa, where he chaired the board of trustees, the Villa Foundation and their first Capital Campaign (he is currently honorary chair of the second Capital Campaign). In 2018 he received the Volunteer Impact Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Central Virginia Chapter, in honor of his volunteer service to the Villa.
Redmond, who earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from W&L, has been a member of the W&L Alumni Association Board, president of the Law Council, and served on many undergraduate and law committees.
E. Ford Stephens has become a Fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel, a preeminent association of U.S. and Canadian lawyers who represent insurers and policyholders. In addition, he was recently appointed chair of the DRI Insurance Roundtable Steering Committee, a group of select outside counsel and insurance leaders who gather annually to discuss industry issues. Stephens is a member of the DRI Board of Directors, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Virginia Law Foundation, and a member of the invitation-only International Association of Defense Counsel and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.
Fisher White Elected Partner
Lauren E. Fisher White has been elected a partner of Christian & Barton. She focuses her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.
Fisher White is secretary of the Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law section and serves on the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association’s Richmond Chapter. She is a member of the Greater Richmond Society for Human Resource Management and is active in the Junior League of Richmond, currently serving as a member of the Nominating Committee.
She received her law degree from the Washington & Lee University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.
Jonathan M. Joseph moderated a panel discussion on health care under the Biden administration at the Virginia Bar Association’s 131st Annual Meeting held Jan. 22.
Virginia Board of Medicine Investigations and Hearings
The Virginia Board of Medicine is the regulatory arm of the Virginia Department of Health Professions and investigates any complaints made against a physician licensed in Virginia. The Board has the ability to issue disciplinary action against physicians on a variety of grounds and failure to respond to an inquiry from an investigator for the Virginia Board of Medicine can have serious consequences. Information on the process can be found here.
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