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PAGA and Arbitration Agreements in California

Background: What is PAGA? The Private Attorney General Act of 2004, or PAGA, allows a private citizen to pursue civil penalties on behalf of the State of California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA). PAGA gives the private citizen the unique ability to act as an attorney general, as he […]


Paid Sick Leave Handbook Policies for 2015

Sick leave policies are important for California employers to consider as we continue in 2015. On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB-1522 (the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014), which requires virtually all California employers, regardless of size, to provide paid sick leave to their employees. […]


Healthcare Fraud, ALCAT, and Section 655.5

On January 20, 2015, Louisiana chiropractor David Lee Killen pled guilty to one count of healthcare fraud for billing insurance companies for chiropractic care, equipment, and testing he never performed. Killen, owner of Back on Track Clinic in Bogalusa, LA, admitted to using the identification numbers of physicians who no […]


OIG Offers No Sanctions for Proposed Copay Assistance Program

OIG Advisory Opinion Offers No Sanctions for Proposed Copay Assistance Program On January 5, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released an advisory opinion on a proposed arrangement in which a nonprofit organization could provide assistance with copayments for financially needy patients, including Medicare […]


New Year Guide to Avoid the Hospital Hack

Some would define 2014 as the “year of the hacker.” From Target and eBay to iCloud and Sony, millions of Americans had their personal information leaked as a result of attacks by hackers. As many in the healthcare profession know, medical information is a prime target for hackers and 2014 […]


How Assembly Bill 1000 Will Affect Your Practice

On October 7, 2013, Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill 1000.  This new law, effective January 1, 2014, will likely benefit both physical therapists and patients seeking physical therapy treatment. Allow Patients to Directly Access Physical Therapy The most important aspect of AB 1000 is that it allows patients direct access […]


How Senate Bill 863 Will Affect Your Practice

Introduction On August 31, 2012, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 863, and the Governor signed the bill into law on September 18, 2012. The new law makes a number of important changes to the existing workers’ compensation system that will affect chiropractors, as well as applicants, other providers, insurers, […]


Selling a Professional Practice

A chiropractor contemplating selling a practice must consider more than just the sale price and closing date. For example, chiropractors who sell their practices must be careful to avoid abandoning their patients, must be mindful of patient records, and must ensure they have a qualified buyer. Plus, to protect everything […]


Orthopaedic Surgeon Employment Issues

“Where are we going?” “Are we there yet?” “What’ll we do when we get there?” These are questions more and more orthopaedic surgeons in California, and nationwide, have been asking themselves in the context of their practice or employment arrangements. While there are no black and white answers to these […]