Healthcare Law

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 to physical therapy without first…

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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, and employers.  Here, we primarily…

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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 you have worked so hard…

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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 questions, this article analyzes the…

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Legal Implications of Chiropractic "Groupons"

Introduction As Groupon and other “deal of the day” websites proliferate and simultaneously inundate our email inboxes, more and more businesses are utilizing these sites to market themselves.  Chiropractors are no exception. Each day, numerous chiropractors contract with Groupon and its competitors to sell certificates for adjustments, examinations, x-rays and massages. More often than not,…

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Leave Laws Every Chiropractor Should Know

Whenever we bring up employment laws and related lawsuits that arise, our chiropractic clients often have two responses: (1) “I am a small employer and those laws don’t apply to businesses my size,” and (2) “my employees would never sue me.”  Unfortunately, both theories are misguided.  Most employment laws do apply to small employers, and…

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What is Your Chiropractic Practice Called?

Traditionally, the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners has restricted a chiropractor’s names for his or her corporation.  The Board has allowed a chiropractor to list the name or the last name of one or more of its present, prospective, or former shareholders, the word “Chiropractic” and one of the following: “Corporation”, “Corp”, “Incorporated”, “Inc.”, “Professional…

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