2020 Legislative Session – Week 10

By: Amanda Loder | 06.05.2020

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday following an 11-week suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since they paused activity days prior to the second funnel deadline, most bills that did not pass the House or Senate, plus committee in the other chamber by the end of the day on Friday, June 5 are “dead” for Read…

HIPAA Fee Limitations for Record Requests

By: Sarah Wilson | 11.21.2019

Health care providers and staff commonly receive medical record requests from current or former patients of their practice for a variety of reasons. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) allows for patients to request copies of their own records, with a few limitations, but notably, the regulations also limit the amount Read…

Iowa Dental Board Phone Scam

By: Sarah Wilson | 10.29.2019

Iowa Dental Board Phone Scam The Iowa Dental Board has released an alert to warn dental providers of a phone scam targeting providers. The Dental Board received information that a caller is impersonating a Dental Board investigator, calling from a spoofed phone number that appears to be a Dental Board phone number. The Dental Board Read…

Loree Nelson Joins BrownWinick Law Firm

By: BrownWinick | 10.14.2019

BrownWinick is excited to announce that Loree Nelson has joined the firm as a member. Loree practices primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense and focuses on the areas of civil litigation and trial work. She has a general insurance defense practice, which includes medical malpractice, professional licensing issues, and personal injury matters She Read…

Rental Deposit Provision of IURLTA Does Not Apply to Continuing Care Retirement Communities

By: Thomas Johnson | 08.13.2019

Article written by BrownWinick 2019 Summer Associate, Casey Sievert, and BrownWinick attorney, Thomas Johnson The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (IURLTA) does not apply to entrance fees of a continuing care retirement community. The Iowa Supreme Court held that the legislature did not intend for Iowa Read…

Iowa Dental Board Releases Regulatory Update on Electronic Prescribing Mandate

By: Sarah Wilson | 08.08.2019

The Iowa Dental Board released a regulatory update that beginning January 1, 2020 all prescriptions, unless exempted, must be transmitted electronically. This new electronic prescribing (“e-prescribing”) mandate will be regulated by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy as well as the provider’s professional licensing board. Read the full news release on the Iowa Dental Board website Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Featured in 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers and Great Plains Rising Stars

By: BrownWinick | 07.11.2019

Eleven BrownWinick attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers online listing: Rebecca Brommel – Business Litigation William Brown – Tax Elizabeth Coonan – Employment and Labor Michael Dee – Business Litigation Alice Helle – Employee Benefits Thomas Johnson – Business/Corporate Ann Holden Kendell – Employment and Labor James Pray – Environmental Brian Rickert – Construction Litigation Christopher Sackett – Mergers and Acquisitions Sheila Tipton – Energy and Resources Thirteen BrownWinick attorneys were Read…

Governor Reynolds Fills Vacancy on State Health Facilities Council

By: Adam Freed | 05.30.2019

The State Health Facilities Council is a five-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate that reviews, and approves or denies, Certificate of Need (CON) applications to establish or change certain institutional health services in the state. CON applications relate to facilities such as hospitals, nursing facilities, and outpatient surgical facilities, as well Read…

Mandatory Reporters of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Subject to New Training Requirements Effective July 1

By: Adam Freed | 05.24.2019

Iowa law requires many health care professionals (and others) to report incidents of suspected abuse of children or of dependent adults.  Professionals subject to this requirement—often called “mandatory reporters”—include physicians, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, dental hygienists, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical care providers, and others.  Within the first six months of employment, mandatory reporters must receive Read…

OIG Begins Investigation into Medicaid Managed Care Denials

By: Rebecca Brommel | 04.22.2019

The United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) recently announced that it is investigating denials by managed care organizations (“MCOs”) that contract with state Medicaid agencies.  It its announcement, OIG recognized that the arrangement between MCOs and the State “shifts financial risk for the costs of Medicaid services from Read…