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Does the New York State Governor have the authority to impose fines?

The New York State Governor has allegedly declared a "fine for violations of the state's social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000...." The government website claiming that declaration ...
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Constitutionality of more restrictive bans on assembly

Virginia’s governor issued a ‘stay at home order’ that will be enforced by fines, and is in effect until June 10th, unless otherwise revoked. This includes the ban on groups of 10 or more. All ...
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Who regulates the information related to the nutrients of a product?

On almost all the products we buy in supermarkets, we see a table like the following: However, can I producer give wrong information in these kinds of explanatory notes on the products? Who regulates ...
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Implications of Failing N95 Fit Test During COVID-19 Pandemic?

I am a Registered Nurse and have documented evidence in my NY hospital that I failed the N95 fit test for years. What are my rights surrounding this and the COVID-19 epidemic? I have a NIOSH compliant ...
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Can I photograph or get photocopied my medical chart right after my consult, to prevent doctor falsify record?

I don't want Dr. or hospital falsify records. Best prevention — copy physical copy of chart RIGHT AFTER consult. Then doctor has no time or chance falsify! Second best — photograph chart with ...
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Costs of forced quarantine

In the US or the EU, who has to pay for a period of forced quarantine? The question pops up due to the recent coronavirus epidemic, but I see that for previous epidemics (Ebola, SARS, MERS) ...
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Is a letter from a non-US licensed physician legally valid to use prescription tint windows in California?

I read in the California Assembly Bill no. 1303 (September 2017) – amended medical exemptions: (10) Sun screening devices meeting the requirements of Section 26708.2 installed on the side windows ...
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Which law in Australia prevent sunscreen manufacturers from displaying the PPD ratings on their sunscreens?

I read on https://labmuffin.com/sunscreen-review-2-bioderma-la-roche-posay/: The Canadian version has a PPD (UVA protection factor) of 42. Interestingly, even though there’s a known PPD value for ...
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Does displaying the UPF value on a textile have any legal binding in the United States?

I read on https://blog.coolibar.com/whats-the-difference-between-spf-and-upf/: Currently, in the United States, the standards for UPF are voluntary. This made me wonder: Does displaying the UPF ...
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Is it a violation of HIPAA to say that a baby was born?

If a medical worker tells someone the first name of a child born at a hospital on that day, is that a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) ? Does it make a ...
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Are there any recommended or prescribed time limits for ambulance to reach a special need patient in case of emergency?

When I look for ambulance and how fast it should come, I find information regarding allowed driving speed. However, for planning hospitals and roads, one should no how much time is on average ...
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Is it lawful for some English NHS trusts to stock more kinds of medications than others?

Factual Situation My daughter lives in an area covered by a NHS Trust beneath that's not Oxford. Her migraine can be only treated with a triptan on Oxford's formulary, but not her own area's, like ...
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University dorm serving meat with vegetarian food

I'm a college student and a vegetarian. I've noticed in the last year and a half that the dining hall department sometimes serves vegetarian food on the same platter as meat food, and I let the staff ...
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Is it illegal to test someones abandoned DNA in the United States?

Let's say I suspect my friend (or spouse) has Huntington's disease. If I were to take their used tissue out of the garbage can and test it for Huntington's disease, would that be illegal?
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What can qualify as a terminal illness with respect to assisted suicide?

As an example, HIV used to be considered a terminal disease by doctors. Nowadays, there are treatments which extend life significantly for HIV patients, and doctors consider it to be a manageable ...
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United States HIPAA and New Zealand HISO from outside these countries

We are developing a software product for storing and managing health records in Australia, with the software product primarily targeted towards Australian healthcare organisations. This requires us to ...
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Legality of Retroactive Withdrawals

I have been reading through retroactive withdrawals. It appears that legally that don't have to grant them after the fact. Retroactive Withdrawals You are NOT a candidate for retroactive withdrawal ...
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Is encrypted health data still considered personal data and subject to GDPR Art. 9 (1)?

I need to exchange data from a patient providing its own health data to a healthcare provider over my server. The data is encrypted on the patient's device by the public key of the healthcare provider ...
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How an Advance Medical Directive works in practice?

I will be signing a DPOA and Advance Medical Directive in a few days, but I live in a different state than the person those documents are for. If that person becomes incapacitated or is deemed unfit ...
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ARD / ZDF reduced bill or no pay at all

I have many years now "Tinnitus". I have already visited a doctor and he told me that i can use a hearing device or i should do an operation, if things go worse. A friend of mine said that as long i ...
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If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider/business, do they have to disclose any financial interest they may have?

If a medical provider refers a patient to another medical provider or medical business (e.g., an imaging lab), do they have to disclose to the patient any financial interest they may have in the ...
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Gun ownership prior to involuntary commitment

My father gave me a family gun when I was 16. Let's say I was involuntarily hospitalized recently do to an antidepressant overdose. Am I required to turn in my gun?
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Are warning labels required by law in Washington State

I'm relatively new to Stack Exchange but I figured that for the sake of my question this is the most relevant website to ask on since I am researching the health risks of energy drinks. I have ...
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Do I have to pay the dental bill that is much higher than estimate?

I got a crown and the color was different from other teeth. The dentist wrote to me that he would remake the crown free of charge. After starting the remaking process, he said his time was free but ...
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Does a medical center's acceptance of a partial payment imply establishment of a payment plan?

Related: Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital? After my wife went to the doctor I received a bill that I considered wholly ...
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Is it legal to sell gases for human consumption (as supplements or otherwise) such as oxygen, nitrogen, or nitrous oxide

This question is based on the FDA's Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, where they list medical gases as being regulated by the FDA. There is ambiguity, however, as the act puts an emphasis on high ...
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How to get my Hospital bill settled down for a service that I didn't receive?

Last January, I was very sick from a common cold that I could barely drive myself to Hospital. I somehow pulled myself to the Hospital gates and had a checkup with the Physician there. They check me,...
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Why are toxicology reports made public?

The recent news on Mac Miller's cause of death reminded me that I'm always puzzled when toxicology reports are made public. Is this mandated, and if so, is it by state or federal law? Why? Otherwise,...
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Can i create a software which can store doctor prescription?

I have developed a software which can store doctors prescription digitally. wondering if there would any legal complications on it. Any laws preventing that sort of software/practice in united states. ...
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Can a health provider (physical or mental) contact my family to ask them questions without my permission?

Can a health provider (physical or mental) contact my family to ask them questions about me without my consent? Can they do it if they don't disclose their reasoning or any medical information and ...
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How much privacy about my health am I giving up if I participate in my employer's wellness screening program?

My employer is having a "Wellness Screening Fair" where you can receive free testing for things like cholesterol and insulin, and I imagine advice about how to interpret the results. Sounds good.. But ...
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Hospital refuses to allow me to talk to their billing department - are there any laws/regulations that I can use to help them change their minds?

Background here: Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital?. In short, my wife visited a hospital and was grossly mis-billed. In total ...
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Acupuncture in Alabama

I was reading online and apparently Alabama doesn't require any license to become an acupuncturist. Does this mean legally I could open my own practice with minimal training?
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Are there legal labelling requirements regarding the “moisture-wicking” property claimed for certain fabrics?

Or can I just claim that any fabric is moisture-wicking? Could I sell a garment advertising that it wicks moisture into outer-space, using technology developed by astronauts? While protecting the ...
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How is it legal for a hospital to put two patients together in the same room in the US?

In the United States we have HIPAA regulations in place to (among other things) prevent healthcare providers, insurance providers, and any other entity that handles medical information from leaking ...
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Do hospitals have to provide wheelchairs to patients and visitors?

I was performing a project at a hospital on the number of missing wheelchairs. Must hospitals provide wheelchairs at the entrance per ADA regulation or some other regulation?
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Do hospitals have to provide wheelchairs at the entrance to patients and visitors? [duplicate]

I was performing a project at the hospitals and the number of missing wheelchairs, I was just wondering if hospitals must provide wheelchairs at the entrance per ADA regulation or some other ...
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Health Care Legal Parents But Prevent Representation

My father is catholic and doesn't believe in divorce which means although my parents haven't lived with each other for years they are legally married. I am on their health care plan still but do not ...
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How do you force someone to sue you?

I have a bill from a health care provider that I did go to but they are charging me for services I did not receive. They will not agree that they did not provide these services and continue to bill me....
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Is the California court ruling that coffee can increase cancer risk justified?

A court in California ruled against companies that may have to put a warning that tells customers there is a possible cancer risk linked to coffee by saying the companies "failed to meet their burden ...
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Does the failure to honour an express refusal invalidate prior claims of having implied consent?

Suppose a local health district (LHD) has used a patient's electronic medical record (eMR) for training purposes. Upon learning that they have done this, the patient is displeased and tells them so. ...
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Is there a country that legally requires parents to donate blood to their children?

The question is, as indicated in the title, whether there's a law anywhere in the world that would require parents - explicitly or implicitly - to donate blood (or even organs) to their children if ...
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Secular Health Care Sharing

My goal is to provide the most affordable health insurance plan or health insurance alternative for freelance workers nationwide. The Affordable Care Act made members of Health Care Sharing ...
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Is it against HIPAA law for a high school to keep records of a mental health survey administered to all students?

At my son's high school, the administration administered a "Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire" (SDQ) during class, which posed statements such as "I am often unhappy, depressed or tearful" and ...
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UK: What are my rights if i'm woken by construction work, or roadworks at night?

A while back I was woken by some workmen repairing metal railings on the side the road next to my house. This occurred at around 1:30 am, I brashly asked the workmen to stop. To which they complied. ...
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Are partner notification laws in conflict with HIPAA?

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requires health care providers only share medical information with family members under the patient's consent. However regarding HIV/AIDS ...
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EU regulation for medical device communication encryption

In the US, HIPAA mandates that data communication with patient or healthcare data must be done according to FIPS 140-2 (pdf). E.g. use AES encryption with 128 bit keys or greater to encrypt. Are ...
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Ex-housemate cancelling NHS appointments (United Kingdom)

For a year or so, my wife and I lived in a shared household with largely random people in the UK. We did not get on well with one individual, and after a year we chose to move out into our own place. ...
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Why doesn't caffeine come with a drowsiness warning?

Recent studies have proven that regular use of caffeine and subsequent omission or withdrawal results in drowsiness and inattention - (due to changes in the brain to increase the number of sleepiness ...
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Is it legal to publish others' private health data?

Suppose someone finds private health data about themselves online, identifying them by name and by specific family information. The person does not recall signing anything that gives anyone ...