By: Jennifer L. Toth, Esq. Starting this week, as a result of the health care reform law, $40 million in Medicaid funds will be distributed to 30 different hospitals and 40 practices that have upgraded from paper files to electronic record systems. The purpose of the upgrade is to improve efficiency and catch mistakes before they happen. The hospital receiving the largest award thus far is Newarks Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, in the amount of $2.96 million.
By: Linda B. Maalouf, Esq.A recent New Jersey Appellate Division case addresses the limitation of whistle-blower protection under New Jerseys Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). In White v. Starbucks, the plaintiff, Kari White, was a new district manager for Starbucks who was responsible for several Starbucks stores. While performing her duties as district manager, White uncovered and reported violations of company policy by some store managers which included unsanitary store conditions and refrigerator cases that were too warm to safely store food.