Attention Connecticut Psychiatrists

Effective July 1, 2016, Public Act No. 16-95 places restrictions on “covenants not to compete” pertaining to physicians. Among other things, covenants not to compete in Connecticut are now only valid and enforceable if they are:

  • necessary to protect a legitimate business interest;
  • reasonably limited in time, geographic scope and practice restrictions as necessary to protect such business interests; and
  • otherwise consistent with the law and public policy

Prior to signing an employment contract, psychiatrists should have their attorney review contract language. For more information, see Public Act No. 16-95, “An Act Concerning Matters Affecting Physicians, Health Care Facilities And Medical Foundations.”

Attention Maine Psychiatrists

Effective January 2017, Maine will become the second state in the country to mandate electronic prescribing for controlled substances. In addition, Maine’s “An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program” requires prescriber participation in Maine’s Prescription Monitoring Program, sets limits for the strength and duration of opioid prescriptions and calls for prescribers to undergo addiction training every two years. The new law also sets a cap on the daily strength of opioid prescriptions and caps scripts for acute pain at seven days and for chronic pain at 30 days beginning in January 2017.

Attention Tennessee Psychiatrists

Effective July 1, 2016, pursuant to Tennessee’s data breach notification statute, Tennessee becomes the first state in the country to require breach notification regardless of whether the information was encrypted.   In addition, Tennessee residents affected by a data breach must receive notification within forty-five (45) days after discovery of the breach. The law previously required breach notification within the most expedient time possible. Finally, the statute also amends the definition of “unauthorized person,” to include “an employee of the information holder who is discovered by the information holder to have obtained personal information and intentionally used it for an unlawful purpose.” For more information, see: Tennessee Identity Theft Deterrence Act of 1999, Tennessee Code Annotated § 47-18-2101, et seq.