NPDB Publishes Updated Guidebook

The National Practitioner Data Bank published an updated NPDB Guidebook on October 26, 2018.  It can be found online at: https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/resources/aboutGuidebooks.jsp The update provides specific guidance on reporting adverse professional review action. Under prior guidelines, many entities interpreted a voluntary leave of absence, or an agreement to refrain from practice, during an investigation, as a nonreportable event.  The new guidance suggests [...]

By |2018-11-21T13:03:13-06:00November 21, 2018|

Caplan & Earnest Release Webinar Recording Outlining Legal Expectations for the Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids

Caplan & Earnest, one of the largest health law practices in the state with unrivaled experience in Colorado legal and regulatory requirements, has released the recording from their October webinar outlining DORA’s updated Guidelines for the Safe Prescribing & Dispensing of Opioids, which is endorsed by multiple licensing agencies, and Senate Bill 18-022, signed in May of this year, which [...]

By |2018-10-30T17:41:49-06:00October 30, 2018|

Liability Protection for Recreational Operators In Colorado: What Operators Need To Know

In the most recent issue of the Boulder County Bar Association newsletter, Doug Stevens, attorney in our litigation practice, co-wrote an article with his Boulder Bar Civil Litigation Section co-chair Lucy Walker, regarding liability protections for outdoor recreation providers in Colorado.  In the article, Stevens and Walker discussed several of the statutes that protect outdoor recreation companies from liability for [...]

By |2018-10-24T09:22:20-06:00October 24, 2018|

Caplan & Earnest to Host Free Webinar Outlining Legal Expectations for the Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids

Boulder, Colo. (September 19, 2018) – Any provider who prescribes or dispenses opioids – doctors, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and others – faces the challenge of staying on top of the changing legal landscape as the government reacts to the opioid epidemic. Caplan & Earnest, one of the largest health law practices in the state with unrivaled [...]

By |2018-09-19T07:50:45-06:00September 19, 2018|

The Practice of On-Demand Subpoenas Deemed Unlawful: What This Means for Healthcare Providers Subject to DORA Oversight

A recent District Court order confirms that the practice of “on-demand” subpoenas utilized by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to require immediate production of records is unlawful. As a result, DORA is doing away with the on-demand subpoena. We have informally confirmed that all future DORA subpoenas for production of documents will have a 14-day return date. The on-demand [...]

By |2018-09-12T14:50:13-06:00September 12, 2018|

Schools can Address Safety Concerns While Adhering to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Recent state and federal guidance confirms that districts can release many types of information about students when responding to school-safety concerns or handling student disciplinary actions without violating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99 (“FERPA”). Releasing Information in Response to School-Safety Concerns The Colorado Attorney General recently advised in Formal Opinion [...]

By |2018-02-27T08:52:58-06:00January 31, 2018|

The Colorado Medical Board Finalizes Rule Concerning Delegation and Supervision of Medical Services

The Colorado Medical Board recently finalized an updated version of Rule 800 concerning the delegation and supervision of medical services to unlicensed persons. Highlights of these rule changes, which are of particular interest to physicians who delegate services and health care providers who work with delegating physicians, include: A delegating physician must ensure there is, on-site and available to the [...]

By |2017-09-27T12:19:51-06:00September 6, 2017|

“Extreme Vetting” Comes to Employment-Based Immigration

In a busy weekend for immigration news, the Trump administration took another step toward restricting employment-based immigration. On the heels of Friday’s news concerning the pardon of the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the questionable future of DACA and of certain categories of J-1 exchange visitors, the administration significantly expanded its “extreme vetting” into employment-based immigration. According to an internal [...]

By |2017-08-28T16:25:48-06:00August 29, 2017|

Public Hearing Scheduled Aug. 1 for Workers’ Comp Rule Changes

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment announced it will hold a public hearing prior to the adoption of proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Rules of Procedure, Rules 16 and 18, regarding Utilization Standards and Medical Fee Schedule, respectively. Specifics of the Workers’ Compensation proposed and adopted rules can be viewed here. The hearing will take place on August [...]

By |2017-07-10T11:20:28-06:00July 10, 2017|

The CGIA and School District Playground Equipment – The Colorado Supreme Court Rules on St. Vrain Valley Sch. Dist. RE-1J v. Loveland

On May 22, 2017, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a ruling that a piece of playground equipment that was not negligently constructed or maintained is not a “dangerous condition” under the “recreation-area waiver” of the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA). In so holding, the Court rejected the argument that the CGIA could not be invoked because a piece of “zip [...]

By |2017-06-13T08:23:00-06:00June 12, 2017|