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As companies improve family/medical leave offerings, still important to know your rights, P.2

Last time, we began speaking about the importance of understanding one’s rights as an employee when it comes to family/medical leave. As we noted, family/medical leave protections exist at both the state and federal level. While there is a trend of companies offering greater protections than required, employees still need to have a basic understanding …

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As companies improve family/medical leave offerings, still important to know your rights, P.1

Readers who pay attention to the news may have noticed that there has been a lot of talk lately about family leave. As one writer has put it, there is something of an “arms race” to offer employees better leave benefits. Companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Google all offer very generous leave benefits: respectively, one …

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Will interstate licensing be the only viable solution to growing demand for Telemedicine?

One of the important ways technology has impacted medical care is through the practice of telemedicine. The term refers to the practice of health care at a distance by means of telecommunication and information technology, and it is a growing area of demand, particularly as more people become insurance under the Affordable Care Act. At …

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Wisconsin signs Interstate physician license agreement into law, P.1

Minnesota physicians who also practice over in Wisconsin may have heard that Governor Scott Walker sign into law earlier this week a measure aimed at reducing the time and costs doctors from other states face in order to gain admittance to practice medicine in Wisconsin. The measure officially made Wisconsin a party to the Interstate …

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Wisconsin signs Interstate physician license agreement into law, P.2

Last time, we began speaking about a measure Governor Scott Walker recently signed into law which makes the state of Wisconsin a party to an agreement allowing physicians to participate in a unified multi-state licensure process. As we noted last time, the measure will make it easier for physicians to use their home state’s paperwork …

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Can my employer really fire me for no reason? P.2

Last time, we began speaking about the general doctrine of at-will employment and various limitations on the rule from a common law and statutory standpoint. Here in Minnesota, the doctrine of at-will employment is fairly robust, and is only limited by what is deemed illegal grounds for termination. This would include, as mentioned in our …

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Navigating medical board investigations: work with an experienced attorney, P.2

In our previous post, we began speaking about the duty of the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice to investigate physicians for their fitness to practice medicine and the grounds upon which disciplinary actions may be taken by the board. A recent example of disciplinary action taken by the board occurred earlier this month, when six …

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Navigating medical board investigations: work with an experienced attorney, P.1

For physicians practicing here in Minnesota, dealing with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice is an essential part of the job. Some parts of complying with the medical board are routine, such as engaging in ongoing continuing medical education and registering for the practice of telemedicine. Other dealings with the board, such as dealing with …

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VA credentialing story highlights important issue for physicians, hospitals

Credentialing is an important aspect of the health care system by which health care facilities and insurance companies provide patients and policyholders assurance of the qualifications of the physicians and other licensed staff with whom they are affiliated. The credentialing process involves not only evaluating the qualifications of a licensed health care provider, but also …

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