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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

Medical Board Considers Mandatory Notification of Probation Status

The Medical Board of California (MBC) is considering a notification requirement for licensed doctors in the state on probation.  There are roughly 500 such doctors as of 2015. The petition asks the MBC to add to its disciplinary guidelines a new mandated term of probation. Physicians on probation would be required to notify their patients […]

Netflix and California Parental Leave Policy: Concerns and Current Policy

Parental leave policies in the United States lag behind many other countries. In fact, the United States is one of just three industrialized nations in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave as a mandatory, national benefit. Despite these shortcomings in parental leave policies nationwide, Netflix, the California-based television and movie subscription service, […]

Optometry Practice Saved!

When one optometrist faced complaints from the Board of Optometry, his previous attorney recommended he take an easy settlement. Shortly thereafter, Vision Service Plan (VSP) dropped their coverage of the optometrist, eliminating his ability to operate his private practice and debilitating his chances of finding work elsewhere. This is where Simas & Associates, Ltd., stepped […]

Must ‘Wearables’ be HIPAA-Compliant?

Earlier this month, FitBit, Inc. announced that it had reached HIPAA compliance in regards to user-health-data it collects. For those not in the know, FitBit, Inc. is the company that is responsible for many of the brightlty-colored and flexible bracelets, anklets, and pendants you may see your colleagues wearing throughout the work week. Within those […]

A Change in the Veterinary Practice Relationship – Part 1

This blog entry is the first of a three-part series of entries regarding issues that Veterinarians face when there is a change in the practice relationship. This can be a veterinarian leaving a practice, a clinic selling a practice, or a practice that is closing. The series examines the following questions: Who owns and is […]


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