Amelia F. Burrough

Notice: Post Your Notice!

If you’re a physician in California, you must post a Notice of Non-Discrimination for patients who receive “federal financial assistance.”  Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act provides that physicians’ offices are required to post notices of non-discrimination and taglines that alert patients with limited English proficiency about the availability of language assistance services.


Humboldt County Nursing Home Closures

As you may know, three of the five Humboldt skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) owned by Brius and managed by Rockport have been given authority by the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) to close their doors and transfer residents.  Janssen Malloy LLP requested copies of the transfer documentation filed with the CDPH on behalf of the SNFs.  If you or your loved ones wish to view the documentation from each of the three facilities, it can be found here.  


Cures Registry Update

If you are a physician in Humboldt County with an active California Medical license and a federal DEA registration certificate for Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances you must be registered with the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System database.  According to the Medical Board of California, it will investigate instances of physicians failing to register.  It is seeking authority to issue a fine and citation to physicians who have failed to register, and a failure to register can be added to an accusation by the MBC as an additional cause for discipline.


EEOC - Retaliation Complaints Enforcement Guidelines

If you’re an employer in Humboldt County, you’re familiar with your obligations with respect to harassment and discrimination.  But, according to the federal governmental agency that oversees such claims, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the number one complaint against employers today is retaliation.  Retaliation complaints make up almost half of all complaints received by the EEOC.  In response to that staggering data, the EEOC revisited its enforcement guidance, and on August 25, 2016, the EEOC replaced Section 8 of its Compliance Manual—that section of its manual coverin


Elder Abuse in Humboldt County

In California, Elder Abuse is both a crime and a civil offense.  Unfortunately, it goes unreported for a variety of reasons--embarrassment of the victim, inability of others to identify the issue, or a victim's desire not to pursue the matter against a family member or loved one.
Generally, elder abuse is the physical or financial abuse or neglect or other treatment that results in pain and suffering of a person over the age of 65.


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