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Authors: Beth Boone

ATLANTA – February 3, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) has named three new partners as the firm elevates leaders and recognizes their outstanding service to clients. Joining the firm’s partnership ranks are Danielle S. Blauvelt in Nashville, Elizabeth F. Morrison  in Charleston and Mariel E. Smith in Columbus. Danielle S. Blauvelt specializes in the defense of a wide range of health care liability matters, including wrongful death and

Brunswick Partner Beth Boone has been published in the Winter 2020 edition of CorrDocs, the newsletter of the American College of Correctional Physicians. Her article is titled "Defending Deliberate Indifference Claims" and can be read here.

Written by: Beth Boone, Esq. There are differences in how a patient’s care and treatment is documented in the wide variety of settings in which health care providers practice. For example, a private practice neurology office may document with references to applicable insurance and billing codes, and use language that will allow an insurance carrier to recognize and compensate the providers for the visits and services they perform. As

Written by: Phillip E. Friduss, Esq. Thus is the title of Adam Liptak’s New York Times coverage of the Ohio inmate transfer case, Williams v Wilson case we reported on last week. The piece begins: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused a request from the Trump administration to block a trial judge’s ruling that had ordered federal prison officials to take steps to protect more than 800 older or medically

Written by: Phillip E. Friduss, Esq. There have now been any number of COVID-related challenges to the conditions of confinement in jails/prisons nationwide, especially with respect to the elderly inmate population.  Two weeks ago we reported on the Texas case that had made its way to the US Supreme Court.  That case, Valentine v Collier, involved the 5th Circuit's stay of a lower court injunction regulating the conditions of

Written by: Stephanie R. Amiotte, Esq. COVID-19 is a pandemic nobody was prepared for and nobody wanted to happen. Its effects on the incarcerated population, particularly those with fragile health or advanced age will likely result in increased litigation against correctional healthcare providers.  Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is dedicated to meeting the pandemic head-on in defending correctional healthcare providers on the forefront. Much like the general public, correctional healthcare

Written by: Jennifer Dorminey Herzog, Esq. Because of policies of mass incarceration over the past four decades, the United States has incarcerated more people than any other country on Earth.[1]  Highly transmissible novel respiratory pathogens pose a challenge for incarcerated populations because of the ease with which they spread in congregate settings.[2]  The stage is set.  Enter COVID-19. I. COVID-19 "Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe

Written by: Phillip E. Friduss, Esq. Below is the most useful guide we have located on The New Leave Entitlements Under FFCRA - Issues Unique to the Public Sector: COVID-19 Resource.  There is an outstanding and helpful Question and Answer section.  If you have any questions please reach out to Phil Friduss or any other of our outstanding HBS employment specialists throughout the Southeast, New York and New Jersey. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/new-leave-entitlements-under-ffcra-issues-unique-to-public-sector-covid-19-resource

Written by: Phillip E. Friduss, Esq. This is the NCCHC'S (National Commission on Correctional Health Care) 2019 Annual Report.  The Report covers NCCHC's 2019 impacts on the Opioid Crisis, jail/prison suicides, overall physical and mental healthcare, and its task force with the National Sheriff's Association and National Association of Counties in an effort to repeal the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy, among other vital information.  Only 14 pages, and an

Written by: Phillip E. Friduss, Esq. On February 28, 2020, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appellate court for Alabama, Florida, and Georgia) ruled that a federal statute designed to combat human trafficking applies to a privatized federal corrections facility’s alleged practice of punishing and withholding basic human necessities from inmates who refuse to work.  Barrientos v. CoreCivic Inc., Case No. 18-15081. The law, the Trafficking Victims