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  • Is there anything in the new healthcare laws that prohibit a person from changing physicians?

    I am dissatisfied with the physicians assistant i have been seeing. She does not listen to me & it usually takes on average 5-10 days beyond expiration of maintenance medications to get a refill every month. (I have records from pharmacy to show t...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, there is nothing in PPACA, or any other law of which I am aware, that prohibits you from changing physicians. There is also nothing the requires a physician to take you as a patient.

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  • Can a company not pay you for the pay period you work when it's split between salary and hourly?

    I worked 1 week salary, got demoted, then worked the next week hourly in the same pay period, and was only paid for the one week of hourly pay.

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this sounds like a violation of the PA Wage Payment ad Collection Law. Speak to an attorney if you wish to pursue your unpaid wages..

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  • Will the fact that I'm facing disciplinary action show up on my nursing license? Or am I safe for now?

    I was fired by my boss and she filed a disciplinary report on me. That I am incompetent and unsafe to patients. There is an investigation and I will have to go to a hearing. I am trying to find a new job. Will my license be red flagged because of ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, your license is your career; do not engage in guessing games with it. Hire an attorney to deal with the complaint, and to advise you on how to approach prospective employers. The right communications strategy is important moving forward. It is likely that prospective employers will be aware of the complaint, so do not proceed in the hope that they won't find out.

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  • My prospective employer will initiate an adverse letter based on my criminal background. Any legally help to retake an offer?

    I have mis-answered “No” for a question about previous criminal history at a job application form. I thought the record was erased since I have completed all required probation. I was convicted guilty in case of “stealing” two years ago. It was SI...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, whether the employer may do this depends on the nature of the job and the offense; this information is not in your question. Falsely answering the question complicates the issue; speak to an employment attorney ASAP to determine your rights.

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  • I was indicated for substantial risk physical injury/environment injurious to health and welfare received the decision in 30

    Days , saying I'll be on state registry ...it's been another 30 days and I figured I'd hear from them ...are they done bothering me. So basically it's been 2 months I was thinking after 60 days they were done...sincerely ..me

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this does not appear to be a health law matter; speak to a local attorney to get guidance for your particular situation..

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  • What's the penalty for a therapist that disclosing an adolescent patient's personal issues and records to another patient?

    The said patient came to my husband and told him all about it. They knew my daughter's, husband's, and my first and last names. Also, the reason my child was seeing a therapist, what her mental health diagnosis is, even what medications she take...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, what you describe is disturbing, and if information was disclosed by the therapist, is a gross violation of patient trust and the law. However, there are frequently disclosures of patient information due to hacking or errors in the provider's office. If your information indicates that the breach was intentional by the therapist, make a report to the state licensing agency and to the federal Office for Civil Rights (link below). Your child may also have claims under state law; you should speak to an IL health care attorney.

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  • I have an ex with a history of mental illness and drug problems who refuses to leave my property.

    We have been separated for about 3 months. One month of that he spent in jail for a POCS charge. Since being released he just shows up when he wants and refuses to leave saying this is his home. He is suppose to be renting a property near by, but ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is a domestic relations question, not a health law question. I will change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys.

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  • Employee at drug test facility told family member about a client. What legal rights does client have against facility?

    Court ordered UAs, employee told family member details about clients UAs. Family member in turn told clients family member and other people. What can client do? Employee said client was cheating on UAs.

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, what you describe appears to be a HPAA violation; but the client has no private right to sue under HIPAA. CO state privacy and other laws may provide some protection, but the issue appears to be defamation - that the facility is stating the client cheated. If untrue, then the client may have a privacy and a defamation claim, and should see a CO attorney ASAP to deal with these issues. Letting time pass will only harm the claims.

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  • National Medical equipment company using bad business practices.

    There is this Medical Equipment company that I was forced to use do to my health insurance provider. I have contacted my health insurance many times and the Equipment company lies to my insurance provider. Have recordings of phone conversations. T...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, this is not a health law question, but a consumer protection matter; I will change the practice area of your question to get the attention of the right Avvo attorneys.

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  • Sales commission payment after quitting

    I work for a tiny radio station in PA as a new rep. I'm given 15% commission, a small daily wage, and a gas allowance. Commission is paid when the client pays their bill. Bills are sent at the end of each month, and the client has a month to pay. ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, commissions are messy. You can be paid commission on someone else's work, and someone else can get commission on your work. This is not illegal; however, what is illegal is not knowing how you will be paid. That's where commissions are problematic - issues like how end-of-employment related commissions are paid are generally not set out by many small employers. If you want confirmation, get the details in writing - you may find your employer has no idea what to do, and has to determine policy on these issues when you ask. Therefore, not only should you make sure you ask the right questions as to how and when you are paid, but suggest fair answers to those questions, and then get the response in writing - if the employer only tells you verbally, send an email restating what was said, so you have evidence of the terms and conditions of your employment and wage payment for the future, if necessary.

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