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Health Law Talk

Health Law Talk

By Conrad Meyer & Rory Bellina
Health Law Talk, presented by Chehardy Sherman Williams, one of the largest full service law firms in the Greater New Orleans area, is a regular podcast focusing on the expansive area of healthcare law. Each episode, hosted by Conrad Meyer and Rory Bellina, will address various legal issues and current events surrounding healthcare topics. The attorneys are here to answer your legal questions, create a discussion on various healthcare topics, as well as bring in subject matter experts and guests to join the conversation.
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SBA Loans
In this week’s episode, Adam M. Stumpf (small business attorney with CSW) provides the listeners with information on the SBA’s COVID specific Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  The COVID pandemic has created financial hardship for many businesses.  A variety of programs have been rolled out by the Local, State and Federal government. One of the most popular loans is the EIDL.  Adam explains the ins and outs of the EIDL, including eligibility, deadlines to apply, maximum loan amounts and more.  Adam M. Stumpf is a small business attorney that has followed the EIDL from its creation by Congress.  He can be reached at for more information.
October 14, 2021
On the latest episode of Health Law Talk, we get into the details of how to start a nonprofit organization. Hosts Conrad Meyer and George Mueller sit down with Dr. Alice Hoyt to discuss the details of her nonprofit the Teal Schoolhouse.  Teal Schoolhouse is responsible for a national program targeting schools, universities, and businesses called Code Ana that helps these entities put together emergency response policies/protocols dealing with allergic reactions as well as instructional education and training on the use of autoinjector EpiPens.  During this podcast, we get into the considerations, initial expenses, and legal issues Dr. Hoyt faced in putting together the Teal Schoolhouse.  This is a fantastic episode for anyone who is never considered putting together a nonprofit organization and needed a foundation on where to start.
October 7, 2021
Mental Health & COVID: The Older Population (Pt. 3 of 3)
In Part 3 of 3 on our series of Mental Health and COVID, we talk with Gina Rossi, LCSW-BACS, DCSW, MHSA, about the challenges she has seen and faced in treating the older population during the COVID-19 pandemic, including isolation, mask and vaccine mandates, and technology challenges faced using teletherapy.
September 30, 2021
Mental Health & COVID: Adults (Pt. 2 of 3)
There is no question that COVID-19 restrictions, mandates, and directives have impacted the mental health of adults and families across the world. In Part 2 of our series on Mental Health & COVID, Rory Bellina and Conrad Meyer sit down with experts Felicia Kleinpeter, Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Imagine Recovery, and Christopher O'Shea, cofounder of Imagine Recovery, to discuss the impact COVID-19 restrictions, mandates, and directives have had on adults and families. In this very timely podcast, listeners will be provided valuable resources on how to detect, address, and assist family members and adults who might be going through mental health issues during the pandemic. Ms. Kleinpeter and Mr. O'Shea will provide detail information on how to best support families and adults to help their stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues regarding the ever-changing mandates during this pandemic.
September 23, 2021
Special Episode: OSHA Vaccine Mandate
Last week, President Biden announced that under an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) soon will require all private employers with more than 100 employees to require workers to become vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests. In this episode we discuss where OSHA came from, what it typically regulates, and how this mandate is currently being challenged by employers, including pros and cons to a mandate of such type.
September 20, 2021
Mental Health & COVID: Adolescents (Pt. 1 of 3)
The Covid pandemic has changed the behavior and social interactions of millions of people. Various mandates, including mask mandates and social distance mandates, along with online classes or business closures have affected millions of people across the world. A couple of the most affected groups of individuals are adolescents and young children. Adolescents and young children are now required to wear masks at school as well as be socially distant from their peers. Some schools have required vaccine mandates for adolescents. These mandates and the current state of Covid have put a tremendous mental burden on adolescents and young children. Please join us on our show where we have a panel discussion with two mental health experts: Tanya Stuart, owner of Genesis behavioral health services and intensive outpatient program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Brandy Klingman, owner of Legacy Behavioral Health, and outpatient psychiatric clinic with counseling and medication management services for adults and adolescents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Klingman sit down with us to discuss the mental effects of the Covid mask mandates along with the social distancing requirements place on young children and adolescents.  We discuss and provide details regarding what to look for in young children and adolescents to help parents and families address these mental health issues before they become a crisis. In addition, both Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Klingman provide detailed information on resources and support to help families and parents with young children/adolescents during this pandemic.  Expert advice from our panelists provides vital information to parents, families, and individuals to help cope with the various mandates, social distancing, online classes, and other factors that are ever-changing during this pandemic. This podcast is a must-listen for all who have young children and adolescents and are dealing with this.  We hope you join us on part 1 of this part 3 series.
September 16, 2021
Vaccination "Passports", PHI, & HIPAA
Every day, more and more cities are enacting vaccine "mandates" or restrictions on what you can (and can't) do if you are unvaccinated. But how does this affect your rights under HIPAA? Is your vaccination card considered PHI? 
August 26, 2021
Balance Billing
Have you ever been to a hospital that you thought was “in-network”, only to receive a bill sometime later from an “out of network” provider? In this week's episode of Health Law Talk, Conrad Meyer and Rory Bellina discuss “balance billing,” including what it is, how it works (and doesn’t work!), and changes coming on the state and federal level!
August 19, 2021
APRNs and Collaborative Practice Agreements
In this week's episode of Health Law Talk, Conrad Meyer and Rory Bellina discuss APP's or advanced practice providers. In the 1960s and 70s, a family physician was usually in a solo practice with maybe one or two fellow physicians. Supporting that practice were the nurses, aides, lab technicians, or even a spouse who might help with obtaining lab work, blood draws, or other services. In today's complex healthcare delivery system, mid-level providers, often referred to as advanced practice providers (APPs), include advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), physician assistants (PAs), and clinical nurse specialist (CNS), just to name a few.  These APP's are continuing to increase in number as well as their scope of respective practices. The nuances involving the APP scope of practice along with the needs of an ever demanding population craving healthcare require decisions involving the role that APPs will play alongside physician providers in delivering the healthcare that is desperately needed in today's marketplace. This episode will delve into these topics and more so please join us for this exciting episode on APP's with Health Law Talk.
August 12, 2021
Anatomy of an Employment Agreement
In the US healthcare delivery system, physicians are exposed after residency and fellowship should numerous choices of whether or not to become employed by hospital systems, group practices, or start their own practice. On this episode of health law Talks, healthcare attorneys Conrad Meyer And Rory Bellina sit down with special guest Dr. Sagar Shah, a newly employed orthopedic hand surgeon, to discuss the details and the anatomy of a physician employment agreement. Dr. Shah shares with Mr. Myra and Mr. Bellina his thoughts on what issues were important to him as a physician in his employment contract as well as the research and preparation He felt was necessary when negotiating with future hospital employers. This episode details various provisions of the contract including compensation models, call coverage scheduling and Reimbursement, noncompete agreements, termination provisions, as well as numerous other provisions of a physician employment agreement. Do not Miss this highly informative episode on the anatomy of a physician employment agreement.
August 5, 2021
Noncompete Agreements
It may not be obvious, but in the Healthcare field, there are pros! (and cons of course) to non-compete agreements that prevent providers from doing business where employers conduct, or even plan to conduct, business, either during or after that provider’s employment ends. In this episode of Health Law Talk, attorneys Conrad Meyer and Rory Bellina focus on non-compete agreements in employment contracts. Looking at the issue from both the employer and the provider perspective, the counselors unpack pending Louisiana legislation poised to completely change the landscape for employers and employees alike when it comes to non-compete agreements.
July 29, 2021
COVID Vaccines
Can you mandate the Covid-19 vaccine for patients or employees prior to FDA Approval? Health Law Attorneys Conrad Meyer and Rory Bellina discuss current EEOC guidance and recommendations and what that looks like under Emergency Use Authorization and FDA Approval of the vaccine. They also consider the voluntary approach vs. the mandatory approach and the questions that arise from both.
July 23, 2021
Incident-To Billing
How can Incident-To billing bring more revenue to your practice? When physicians rely on advanced practice providers (APPs) to maximize services to patients, reimbursement from Medicare dips to 85% percent of the physician's professional fees – which can add up to a big loss of revenue. In order to maximize a practices' revenue, practices can bill these APPs as "incident-to" capturing the full 100% of the professional fee instead of 85%.   The trick is how to comply with CMS guidelines in order to use "incident-to" billing for your practice.  Join us for Episode 102 of our new podcast Health Law Talk as we interview Keith Hustak, VP of APP at Superior Health, to discuss his experience regarding Incident-To and the pitfalls v. positives of seeking reimbursement of the 100%.
July 15, 2021
Introduction to Health Law Talk presented by Chehardy Sherman Williams
In this first episode of Health Law Talk, Healthcare attorneys Conrad Meyer and Rory Bellina discuss the services Chehardy Sherman Williams provides to their healthcare clients, as well as an overview of the firm practice areas. Hear about how these two attorneys got their start in the field of healthcare law and how that experience helps their clients better navigate the comprehensive, legal issues of this complex, ever-changing industry. Look for upcoming weekly episodes on Health Law Talk each Thursday.
July 6, 2021