Colorado Lowers the Age of Consent for Outpatient Psychotherapy Services

On May 16, 2019, Colorado lowered the age of consent for outpatient psychotherapy services from 15 years to 12 years old. This new law is intended to help minors who are hesitant to discuss their mental health with parents or legal guardians to obtain outpatient psychotherapy services before they reach a crisis level. It is currently codified at C.R.S. § [...]

By |2019-06-28T07:33:21-07:00June 28, 2019|

Doug Stevens Invited to Present at Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Meeting in Denver

Doug Stevens has been invited to be a guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Colorado Agritourism Association held in Denver on April 23. The Colorado Agritourism Association is a nonprofit association representing the interests of those in Colorado’s rapidly expanding agritourism business, including farmers, ranchers, equine professionals, and others in this industry which typically showcases the intersection between [...]

By |2018-04-10T15:24:10-07:00April 9, 2018|

Caplan and Earnest Health Law Group Adds Five Attorneys

The health law group at Caplan and Earnest LLC has added five experienced health law attorneys in recent months, making this one of the largest health groups in Colorado. The practice group now has 11 attorneys. The new additions to the health care law group are: Sheryl K. Bridges, special counsel, specializes in malpractice, defending clients who receive complaints from [...]

By |2017-10-30T13:52:51-07:00October 18, 2017|

The Colorado Medical Board Finalizes Rule Concerning Delegation and Supervision of Medical Services

The Colorado Medical Board recently finalized an updated version of Rule 800 concerning the delegation and supervision of medical services to unlicensed persons. Highlights of these rule changes, which are of particular interest to physicians who delegate services and health care providers who work with delegating physicians, include: A delegating physician must ensure there is, on-site and available to the [...]

By |2017-09-27T12:19:51-07:00September 6, 2017|

Episode 4: Health Law Rundown Podcast Covers Criminal Impacts on Health Care Licensing

BOULDER—Aug. 1, 2017—Episode 4 of the Health Law Rundown, a podcast created by Caplan and Earnest attorney Matt Ullrich, is now available. Episode 4 includes a discussion with Caplan and Earnest attorneys Sheryl K. Bridges and Greg Lindquist about the health care issues and ramifications a practitioner providing Medicare or Medicaid services and licensed under the Colorado Medical Board or [...]

By |2017-11-02T09:31:09-07:00August 1, 2017|

Laura Wassmuth Joins Caplan and Earnest LLC as Special Counsel

BOULDER—July 6, 2017—Laura Wassmuth has joined Caplan and Earnest LLC as special counsel with a focus in health care law. Her areas of expertise include litigation, credentialing proceedings and investigations, defense of civil rights claims and employment and medical staff issues. Wassmuth has represented hospitals and healthcare providers in professional negligence cases since 1999. She represents clients in medical negligence [...]

By |2017-08-04T15:35:49-07:00July 6, 2017|

Health Care and the 2017 Colorado Legislative Session

Note: Josiah Beamish, J.D., a health law clerk for Caplan and Earnest, was instrumental in compiling this information. The 2017 Colorado Legislative Session resulted in some key pieces of health care legislation, which allowed the legislature to address several long-term needs in the state’s health care system. One of the biggest developments this legislative session is the commitment to supporting [...]

By |2017-06-09T13:55:50-07:00June 6, 2017|

Understanding “Incident To” Billing

Section 1861(s)(2)(A) of the Social Security Act allows physicians to bill Medicare for patient services provided “incident to” a physician’s services. “Incident to” services are furnished incident to physician professional services in the physician’s office or in certain other locations.  These services are typically performed by non-physician practitioners (NPPs), such as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant.  The services, which [...]

By |2017-06-09T14:03:09-07:00June 1, 2017|

Patient Safety Act Dies in State Senate

Earlier this month, the Patient Safety Act (HB17-1121), a bill requiring fingerprint-based criminal history record checks for many Colorado health professionals, died in the Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs when it was postponed indefinitely. The bill would have required applicants for initial licensure or certification, as well as current licensees and certificate holders, to submit to a [...]

By |2017-05-15T14:35:41-07:00May 15, 2017|

We Welcome Page Crowther to the Firm!

We are happy to announce the arrival of Page Crowther to the firm.  Page joined our litigation group as an associate attorney in January 2013. Page is an experienced litigator who represents clients in state and federal court matters.  She began her career in a large law firm gaining significant experience representing public and private entities in commercial disputes.  After [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:07:13-07:00March 5, 2013|