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Jennifer Sawday, Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP
Southern California
We are a full service law firm servicing closely held businesses, medical professionals and individuals in Southern California.
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The California Probate Code Section 16061.7 requires a trust notification to be sent to trust beneficiaries or to persons otherwise entitled to notice when certain events in the "life" of a trust administration occur. A few of the triggering events... Continue reading
Your attorney should respond to you when you call, write or otherwise have inquiries about your legal matter, whether it is understanding how your trust works or what's going on with the probate. Most attorneys will return your inquiry in... Continue reading
Are you confused about how your estate planning attorney charges fees for the work? In general, your attorney will offer one of three options for estate planning work. The most common approach for families without a higher estate (think $5.25... Continue reading
California's health exchange, which is a market place for health insurance, has a new name - Covered California. This exchange will allow individuals and small business to join together as long large pool to get choices of health insurance. Covered California makes its debut this October, offering health insurance plans... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at California Healthcare Law
Developments both inside and outside the healthcare industry are shaping the future of medical real estate and several trends are emerging. We continue to see a flight to quality within the medical office market as practices seek to upgrade facilities and increase efficiency. The healthcare industry is working to meet... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at California Healthcare Law
California physicians need to understand the ramifications of prescribing medication to patients who may not need them. This is true even if the physician is openly and publicly conducting medical examinations of the patient, and thereby giving the impression that the physician has nothing to hide and is prescribing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at California Healthcare Law
Many contracts between medical providers and physicians describe the physician as an independent contractor. As a result, the physician receives a 1099 instead of a W-2, and the medical provider does not have the responsibility of paying benefits or deducting certain taxes. Those responsibilities shift to the physician. In many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at California Healthcare Law
Thinking about updating your estate plan? Here are some key numbers that were finalized from the American Taxpayer Relief Act passed into law January 2, 2013: Estate and Gift Tax Lifetime Exemption set a 5 million indexed for inflation: 2013... Continue reading
The Affordable Care Act does not require businesses to provide health benefits to their workers, but larger employers face penalties starting in 2014 if they don't make affordable coverage available. This simple flowchart illustrates how those employer responsibilities work. via The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provides this simple... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 28, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
Physicians often ask about how to prepare their practice to make it attractive for potential purchasers. Given the current environment in California, where hospitals are utilizing foundations to “purchase” practices and other payers are looking for primary care physicians. This article from American Medical News gives excellent pointers for building... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
In this press release, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopts guidelines for physicians considering employment with large institutions. AMA Guidelines are available here. In addition to the ethical issues described, California has strict legal requirements for physicians considering a job and leaving their private practices such as: 1. Informing clients... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
When reviewing the various new regulations concerning the Accountable Care Act and particularly Accountable Care Organizations, it is clear that the Primary Care Physician will be at the center of doctoring over the next several years. While there already is a shortage of good primary doctors, the shortage is about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
There are several types of Accountable Care Organizations that a physician may be asked to sign a contract with, including the Medicare Shared Saving Program ACO, Pioneer ACO, and private insurance providers. All ACO’s have certain attributes in common, including risk participation and assessment, patient participation, integrated care, evidence based... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
Healthcare providers, more than any other industry are limited in how they may advertise. State and Federal laws, such as the anti-kickback statutes and consumer protection laws restrict commission based advertising, coupons or discounts, and the use of certain testimonials and guarantees regarding the healthcare providers products or services. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
Join Us Next Monday evening. Topics to be discussed: Background of the ACO Description of structure: including Alignment, Care Coordination Programs The benefits of belonging to an ACO including improvements to your practice and retaining patients for your practice Partnership with OCMA Physician involvement in ACO decisions Resources provided by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
The title of this post says it all: read this article to see what I mean. The United States is not the only country that faces a shortage of medical care and a lack of resources to pay for it. According the The Economist, most countries face aging populations. At... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
The Department of Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue Service have issued a recent regulation defining what “full-time” is for employers wondering if they are required under the Affordable Care Act to provide insurance. In just one more indication how complicated the regulations are under the Act as this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
This is a confidential memo to you as an animal lover and pet owner: we know that you love your pet more than anything and would do anything to keep them happy, comfortable and part of your family forever. But... Continue reading
The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has advertised and encouraged physicians across the country to take advantage of incentive payments in order to upgrade their offices for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) technology. Government and private payers are seeking to have such EHR technology more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
By Kelly Greene Twenty-nine states have “filial support” laws on the books that could be used to go after patient’s families for unpaid long-term-care bills. We described one case in Pennsylvania, the main state where health-care providers have started using such a law, in last weekend’s Family Value column, “Are... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 26, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
California Medical Association General Counsel and Vice President Francisco J. Silva, Esq., and Matthew L. Kinley, Esq. of Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle, LLP, spoke to the Orange County Medical Association on June 7, 2012, about the impact of medical foundations and accountable care organizations. The wide ranging topics included the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
The California Medical Board issues licenses which it can deny, revoke, suspend, or place on probation. The Board investigates complaints or reports which may involve a violation of the Medical Practices Act. Investigations are generally conducted by investigators, in consultation with deputy attorneys general, medical consultants, and medical experts employed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
California law prevents the practice of medicine by anyone but a person licensed to practice medicine. With the increasing integration of healthcare, new systems need to be created to make sure that physicians continue to fulfill their duties. A licensed physician must: * Make all decisions regarding the care of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
Click here to read an interesting summary of a federal case where employer failed to follow Blue Cross insurance policy because some of the employer's employees lived outside the geographic limitiations of the policy. The result: the employees were disallowed payment for medical care. Submitted by Matthew L. Kinley Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at California Healthcare Law
In January and February of 2012, attorneys Matt Kinley and Mark Doyle teamed up with healthcare accountants Steve Williams and Jay Wikum to make several presentations to providers on medical office management in 2012. This discussion included the practical and legal issues of the size of medical practices, the the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at California Healthcare Law