Law Office of Jennifer Johnston Terando, R.N, Esq.

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  • Employment Contract Review
  • HIPAA/HITECH
  • Telemedicine
  • General Health Law
  • Medical-Legal Consulting
Whether reviewing an employment contract, advising a practice on HIPAA compliance or structuring virtual health visits, Jennifer focuses on the legal details, so her clients can focus on the practice of medicine. 


Employment Contract Review

Typical contracts include details regarding: compensation, scope of duties, benefits, malpractice coverage, termination, non-compete clauses, alternative dispute resolution and many other legal contract terms, which define the future employment, as well as, how things will be handled should the employment terminate or if the practice is sold or dissolved. As a physician, you should understand all of the terms you're accepting by signing the contract. Special consideration must also be given to what happens following the termination of your employment: will you be covered for malpractice cases filed after you leave? Will you need to purchase a tail? Will you be bound by a non-compete? 

    In addition to being thoughtful and detail oriented, Jennifer has also stood in your shoes as a healthcare provider. She will conduct a thorough review of your employment contract, discuss all of the terms of the contract with you, including recommended modifications. If indicated, Jennifer is available to negotiate any recommended modification of terms. She negotiates in a manner that sets the tone for a respectful and collaborative relationship with your future employer.

   Jennifer conducts employment contract review, because she thoroughly enjoys working with healthcare providers as they embark on their first job or the next step in their healthcare career.

HIPAA/HITECH

Do the HIPAA/HITECH privacy and security laws apply to you and your practice? What state privacy laws apply? Who is required to enter into a business associates agreement? Jennifer guides healthcare providers and entities on what constitutes protected health information (PHI) and regarding what obligations inure to them—especially in the instance of a breach. Jennifer drafts policies and procedures, business associate agreement and assists with designation of a privacy officer, designed to withstand the scrutiny of any HHS investigation. Should a complaint be made, Jennifer can assist with the evaluation and defense. 

TELEMEDICINE

Telemedicine, or providing healthcare services via technology where the provider and patients are located in different places, is fantastic and makes care more accessible. But did you know, if the patient is located in a state different from where the physician is located, unless the physician holds a license in that state or has statutory permission to provide telemedicine services to patients in that state, the physician could be deemed to be practicing medicine without a license? Even if the physician has a license or authorization to provide services to an out of state patient, does their malpractice coverage cover the practice of medicine in that state? What about HIPAA and telemedicine? Does Medicare cover telemedicine? Telemedicine is the future and patients will expect that option. Law Office of Jennifer Terando can assure your practice is ready to incorporate virtual appointments in compliance with California law and state and federal regulations.  

Medical Legal Consulting

   Jennifer is frequently brought on cases by other attorneys to work up the case's medical-legal issues. She thoroughly enjoys digging into a case and fleshing out the medical-legal details. Jennifer assists with all aspects of litigation from pre-trial case review through trial, including damages work-up, drafting of damages briefs, motions, deposition and trial preparation. She also prepares key witnesses for deposition and trial. Her nurse-attorney skills have been utilized in medical malpractice cases, catastrophic aviation cases, injury, product liability, probate and testamentary capacity litigation.  


Please contact us at [email protected] to schedule a time to discuss review of your employment agreement or assistance with a medical-legal matter.