During the first nine months of 2017, we have provided counsel across a broad spectrum of Physician practices, including specialties such as Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology, Oncology, Pathology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics and Nephrology. In addition to issues relating to internal operation (e.g., compensation structure, ownership, tax efficiency, management structure, etc.) and the ever-present regulatory compliance, there has been a pronounced emphasis on proactively addressing the concerns of our medical practice clients surrounding an uncertain future under a broken healthcare system. This, of course, comes as no surprise in today’s environment, which in that same 9-month period saw multiple proposals and continued debate – along with a heavy dose of partisan rhetoric – all in the name of fixing an enormous healthcare system riddled with problems that transcend sound political ideology. More ›
Delaware's healthcare providers may normally think more about treatment options than their government relations strategy, but the industry makes its voice heard. It should come as no surprise that healthcare tops the charts for lobbying activity in Delaware. Morris James' Government Relations group is in the thick of it for a variety of clients. In the beginning of September, the Delaware State News reported that not just the top spot, but the top two active lobbying organizations in Delaware grapple with healthcare issues. The hospital organization holds the number one spot for activity. Delaware's physician organization, the Medical Society of Delaware, holds the number two spot. More ›
Morris James is pleased to announce Allyson Britton DiRocco has been named in the 2017 Delaware Business Times 40 Under 40. The 40 honorees are a select group of the region’s best and brightest young professionals, all under the age of 40, who are making a difference with their intelligence, initiative, and innovation. More ›
Budget Impasse Leads to Health Cuts & “Sin” Taxes
By 1:30 a.m. on July 3rd, the Governor had signed a budget. It included litany of cuts, including several in healthcare. Public health programs were cut 10%, including funding for prescription drug abuse prevention, needle exchange, immunizations, infant mortality, cancer counseling, and nurse-family partnerships. Also included was $5 million in unspecified “savings” from Medicaid, to be determined by Secretary Walker. However, the DIMER/DIDER/DIVME program, which reserves slots for medical training for Delawareans in neighboring states’ schools, was restored after being cut two years ago. More ›
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued guidance to help covered entities and business associates understand, among other things, how to respond appropriately to ransomware attacks under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). More ›
Marijuana is in the spotlight in Delaware. The question is here: will Delaware legalize? Our best prognostication: not soon.
A comprehensive bill, House Bill 110, has been filed by Rep. Helene Keeley and Sen. Margaret Rose Henry. It cleared its first step this week: passage through House committee, but has a long path ahead yet. A 2016 University of Delaware poll suggests that 61% of Delawareans support legalization, arguably the final step after both medical marijuana and decriminalization were passed under Governor Markell. But the answer to the likelihood of legalization is hazy, according to Governor Carney at a recent round table; he would like to continue to gather data before deciding. More ›
Morris James LLP is pleased to announce Andrew B. Wilson has joined the firm as an associate in its Healthcare Industry Team and Government Relations Practice Group. His practice includes transactional, regulatory, and legislative matters, including lobbying in the Delaware General Assembly, as well as representation before various state regulatory boards. More ›
Morris James LLP's Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Quarterly will highlight relevant issues in the Delaware healthcare field, as well as legal issues that may impact healthcare practitioners in and out of litigation. It will also highlight recent medical malpractice filings and jury verdicts. The team is hopeful that this will be a valuable and informative resource for the Delaware healthcare community. More ›
Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia A. Winston and James J. Gallagher, II have been elected partners effective January 1, 2017. More ›
The Morris James Health Care Industry team has so much to report on Delaware health care legislation, as well as practical business guidance to offer - like solving parking problems at health care facilities - that it has gathered it all together in its 2016 Winter update. The team also has a new member, Adam Gerber, and is pleased to report that two of its lawyers, Bruce Tigani and Kim Hoffman, were selected as Top Lawyers by their peers in Delaware Today’s 2016 survey.
The Kentmere Nursing Home located at Lovering Avenue and Lincoln Street plans to alleviate the shortage of on-street parking in the neighborhood by adding an additional 11 off-street spaces as well as an ambulance bay. Kentmere Executive Director Eileen Mahler explains, "Kentmere's residents are more medically complex than in the past and require more off-site transportation to the hospital and doctors' appointments, so the need for the covered drop-off bay will serve existing needs. Too often our van and ambulances have to park and unload on the street." The 21 off-street spaces Kentmere has on Union Street are 44 spaces short of what the modern City of Wilmington Code requires, so the turnaround area for the ambulance will also contain parking spaces, according to Kimberly Hoffman, Esquire, of Morris James LLP, attorneys for Kentmere. More ›
Twenty Morris James attorneys in twenty-six practice areas were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 edition. Morris James also has been recognized in four new practice areas, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Arbitration, Corporate Governance Law and Mediation. The Best Lawyers® list is based on an extensive survey involving detailed evaluations of leading lawyers by their peers. More ›
Morris James LLP's Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Quarterly will highlight relevant issues in the Delaware healthcare field, as well as legal issues that may impact healthcare practitioners in and out of litigation. It will also highlight recent medical malpractice filings and jury verdicts. The team is hopeful that this will be a valuable and informative resource for the Delaware healthcare community.
Morris James is pleased to announce that fourteen of its partners and five practice areas have been recognized by Chambers USA 2016. More ›
Morris James LLP is pleased to announce that partner A. Kimberly Hoffman has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) in recognition of her outstanding achievements, extraordinary leadership in the profession and her service to society. More ›