|March 23, 2018 | www.fisherphillips.com|
A new Republican majority took hold over the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at the end of 2017, leading to several significant labor decisions. Because the NLRB’s decisions and actions impact all industries, healthcare employers should take note. While the new Trump-era Board certainly marks a welcome shift for businesses, including healthcare entities, it remains crucial that employers continue to evaluate internal policies and practices to ensure legal compliance with the changing landscape.
Healthcare is one of the country’s largest industries, accounting for trillions of dollars in annual spending. Given its magnitude, it should come as no surprise that healthcare and our national economy are inextricably bound. That’s a lot of pressure given the complex and challenging nature of the delivery and administration of healthcare, and is especially problematic given the industry’s position of prominence in our everyday lives. The gig economy stands ready to assist.
Most people probably do not enjoy sitting in a doctor’s reception area with other coughing and sneezing people while waiting for an appointment, or devoting hours to getting a prescription refilled. The concept of telemedicine represents a possible alternative to these scenarios. It’s a model that is quickly growing in popularity, largely because it can make many aspects of medical care easier to access and less expensive. Although telemedicine can be a great solution, many employers are unaware of the legal risks associated with introducing it in the workplace. And healthcare employers who offer such services must of course be acutely aware of issues that this service model presents.