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Our “Blog & News” provides practical insights, commentary and timely updates by our team of professionals on pertinent issues that affect our dental clients. Our attorneys update the “Blog & News” with changes in the law and other relevant news.

PA Supreme Court: Dentists Performing Surgery Must Personally Obtain Informed Consent Directly From Patients

A recent ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that a medical provider performing any type of surgery has a non-delegable duty to obtain informed consent directly from its patients. This ruling, issued in the case of Megan and Robert Shinal v. Steven Toms, M.D., breaks from prior case law suggesting that it was sufficient for support staff to obtain the informed consent of a patient, and prohibits a physician (or dentist) from delegating his or her duty to obtain a patient’s informed consent prior to surgery.

Categories: Informed Consent, Operating a Practice, Pennsylvania Law

Think Before You Yelp: Responding to Online Reviews May Result in a HIPAA Violation

Many patients turn to crowdsourced online review websites such as Healthgrades, Yelp, and Vitals to research and choose their dentists. While such websites can positively boost a dental practice’s online presence, they also pose a serious public relations risk as these sites allow users to instantly circulate their opinions—whether good or bad—to the general public. Poor reviews can be used as constructive feedback to improve the practice; however, inflammatory public statements can also turn off potential patients and send new business elsewhere.

Categories: Future Planning, HIPAA, Operating a Practice, Patient Complaints, Yelp Reviews

DSO Armageddon? What Allstate v. Northfield Means for Dental Service Organizations in New Jersey and Beyond . . .

In light of the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision, Allstate Insurance Company v. Northfield Medical Center, dental service organizations (“DSOs”) in New Jersey should take extreme caution when structuring their business arrangements. The Allstate decision, considered in connection with New Jersey State Board of Dentistry’s regulations and an amicus brief filed by the New […]

Categories: Dental Practice Management Companies, Future Planning, NJ Law

The Importance of Strong Restrictive Covenants: What Every Buyer of a Dental Practice Should Know

Justin J. Weaver, Esquire publishes in the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry’s Keystone Explorer, Spring 2017 Edition: “The Importance of Strong Restrictive Covenants: What Every Buyer of a Dental Practice Should Know.”

Categories: Buying a Dental Practice, Restrictive Covenants

Letters of Intent (Leases)

You’ve spent time searching for the right dental office space and perhaps invested in a consultant to perform demographic research to help you choose the optimal location. You’ve found the perfect office space and now you’d like to make sure you don’t lose it to someone else. When dealing with a real estate broker, you’ll […]

Categories: Dental Use Exclusivity, Office Leases, Permitted Use, Real Estate, Zoning