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Notice to Patients on Departing a Practice

Notice to Patients on Departing a Practice - Healthcare Law

Most physician employment agreements prohibit them from soliciting patients if they leave the practice. Although similar, this obligation is separate from any covenant of non-competition. A non-solicitation provision typically prohibits a physician from trying to influence the patients he treated at his former practice to follow up to his new practice location. From a business standpoint, this covenant can be very important to both parties if a physician is relocating to a practice that is in a close enough geographic area that patients would have no difficulty changing to the new location.

A restriction on patient solicitation may be in the best interest of a physician’s former practice, it may not be in the best interest of a patient. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners have recognized the potential harm and have adopted rules that require a patient be notified when his physician leaves the practice whether or not the departing physician is contractually obligated not to contact his former patients. According to Tennessee Rule 0080-2-.15 the responsibility of notifying the patients of a physician who leaves a group practice should be governed by the physician’s employment agreement and any patient who has seen the departing physician for more than 2 office visits in the preceding 18 months must be notified.

Unless the employment agreement provides otherwise, the patients shall be notified of the physician’s new address and offered the opportunity to have their medical records forwarded to the departing physicians. Often a physician’s employment agreement will be silent on whose responsibility it is to notify patients. Whether or not the employment agreement includes a nonsolicitation provision, it is clear that the rules intend for the patient to be notified of his physician’s departure. If the employment agreement is silent on the responsibility of notification but includes a restriction on solicitation, arguable the practice could notify the patient that a physician has left but not incl ude his new practice information. If the practice does not notify the patient of their doctor’s departure, the physician may have an obligation to do so.

It is best for both the practice and the employed physician to address the notification of patients in the employment agreement and avoid any confusion on what is required and what is not when a physician leaves.

Sam Jackson Selected A Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L Jackson Attorney at Bone McAllesterSamuel L Jackson Attorney, attorney with Nashville firm Bone McAllester Norton, has recently been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of prominent attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership were extended to 32 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. The introduction of new Fellows took place in May at the annual Fellow’s Dinner in Nashville.

The Bar Foundation’s purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and their community, and to administer a grant making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $21 million over the years to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.

Sam Jackson is a member in the firm of Bone McAllester Norton and has been practicing law in Nashville for 17 years. He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and of Samford University, Cumberland College of Law.

Bonelaw attorney provides insight on the NHL concussion ruling

Samuel L Jackson Attorney at Bone McAllesterSamuel L. Jackson AttorneyBonelaw attorney, Samuel L. Jackson, provides insight on the Minnesota district court decision that denied class action status for a group of 100 individual hockey players who claim the NHL hid the dangers of head injuries, while perpetuating a culture of violence. Jackson says, “What I think you are going to see (is) several smaller lawsuits ‘against the NHL.’” Read the full story on the impact of the ruling here...

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Bellamy Named 2018 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Winner

Raquel L Bellamy Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonRaquel L. Bellamy AttorneyBone McAllester Norton attorney, Raquel L. Bellamy, was selected by the Tennessee Bar Association as the 2018 recipient of the Larry Dean Wilks Leadership Award. The award honors former TBA President Larry D. Wilks, by recognizing Tennessee Bar Association Leader Law (TBALL) class member with exceptional leadership qualities. 

Raquel is a dedicated advocate with a wide range of experience in civil and criminal litigation. She advises clients concerning business, entertainment, and employment disputes. Raquel also advises individuals and corporations concerning immigration and nationality law. She has defended and advanced immigrant rights for individuals from over 50 countries.

Currently Raquel serves on the boards of Conexión Americas and Equal Chance for Education, LLC. She lends her experience to future attorneys through mentorship and teaching. Raquel mentors students through the Nashville Bar Association’s diversity high school intern program and Equal Chance for Education, LLC. She is also an adjunct faculty
member at Vanderbilt University Law School.

Our firm is proud of Raquel’s many accomplishments! Congratulations on being named the seventh recipient of TBA’s Wilks Award.

Five Bone McAllester Norton Attorneys Selected Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal

We are honored to announce five Bone McAllester Norton attorneys were selected to the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar class of 2018. On June 26, Anne Sumpter Arney, Trace Blankenship, Anne C. Martin, Andrea P. Perry, and Stephen Zralek were recognized as some of Nashville’s top legal minds and corporate counsel.

Bone Law Attorney Ed Yarbrough participates in Posting the Colors ceremony

For over twenty years now, Forest Hills Baptist Church has included a Posting the Colors ceremony in the worship service on the Sunday before the 4th of July. The tradition began with the church's choir director who hired soldiers from Ft. Campbell to perform at the church. He also recruited church member Command Sergeant Major Wayne Curry, a former member of the Third Infantry Battalion (The Old Guard) at the Arlington National Cemetery, to help him.

FHBC Presentation of Colors with Ed Yarbrough - Bone Law

FHBC Presentation of Colors with Ed Yarbrough - Bone Law

During the ceremony, Bone McAllester Norton attorney, Ed Yarbrough noticed the buff strap around Curry's arm, which signified he had been stationed at Arlington National Cemetery. As a member of Forest Hills and a former member of the Old Guard himself, Yarbrough asked if he could join the ceremony the following year. First Lieutenant Ed Yarbrough and Command Sgt. Major Wayne Curry have continued the tradition ever since.

Yarbrough began his time of service for the U.S. Military in the late 1960's. He was drafted out of law school in 1968 and enrolled in the Army in 1969. During this time, he attended Officer Candidate School and was assigned to serve at the Old Guard. He was later transferred to fight in the Vietnam War.

During his time of service, First Lt. Yarbrough received several medals; the two most important were the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. The Bronze Star is presented by direction of the President and honors a soldier who has distinguished himself by meritorious service. During Yarbrough's time in Vietnam, he "demonstrated great courage under fire" and "outstanding leadership in combat operations, which served as an excellent example and inspiration to the Vietnamese officers... Yarbrough's performance of duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service", according to the medal citation. When asked what he loves about the Posting the Colors ceremony, Yarbrough said, "I am very patriotic. I have always enjoyed my service in the Army and in particular the Old Guard. It was my duty to fight in Vietnam. I have stood at attention for the playing of the National Anthem many times and I still get a chill. It never gets old."

FHBC Presentation of Colors with Ed Yarbrough - Bone Law

FHBC Presentation of Colors with Ed Yarbrough - Bone Law

We are honored to have such a brave and notable veteran serve the clients of Bone McAllester Norton. Ed Yarbrough continues to lead with great faith, bravery, diligence, and integrity, inspiring all who come in contact with him.

Bone Law Sponsors 44th Annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 44th Annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast on March 13, 2018. Each year during the spring session of the Tennessee General Assembly, citizens are invited to gather to pray for our government officials and state leaders. Bonelaw attorneys Trace Blankenship and Andrea Perry served on the 2018 Citizens’ Committee and Charles R. Bone served on the 2018 Advisory Committee. Blankenship served as the Citizens’ Committee Chair in 2012.

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This year’s breakfast featured, the Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, Mary Beth Chapman, President of Show hope, and New York Times Bestselling Author, Steven Curtis Chapman, Multi-Platinum Selling, GRAMMY and Dove Award-Winning Artist, and Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators’ Forward. Bonelaw President and CEO, Charles R. Bone says, “The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is always an inspiring event – allowing those serving in public office to put aside partisan differences and pray for our city, state and country. This year was equally inspiring and uplifting.” We are honored to participate in this notable occasion with so many community members and leaders around the state.

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito

Bone McAllester Norton was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Conexión Américas’ Cafecito on April 13. Community members and leaders gathered together at the Music City Center to share a meal and hear about Conexión Américas’ victories, challenges, and dreams for our local Latino community. At Cafecito this year, Renata Soto, co-founder, highlighted one of the many questions they receive: where is the playground? On May 18, Casa Azafrán will be hosting the opening celebration of the new park, located off Nolensville Road in Nashville.

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Bonelaw attorney Raquel L. Bellamy serves on Conexión’s board of directors. Stephen Zralek serves on the Board of Ambassadors and Charles W. Bone is a former Cafecito chair from 2010.

Conexión’s mission is, “to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed.” Through Conexión over 8,000 individuals and families every year learn English, succeed in school, go to college, pay taxes, buy a home, start a business, protect our families, advocate, and so much more. We are honored to support the work of our neighbors at Casa Azafrán.

Staff Appreciation Day 2018: Oh, The Places We’ll Go!

Bone McAllester Norton celebrated Staff Appreciation Day 2018 this week with an exceptionalBone McAllester Norton celebrated Staff Appreciation Day 2018 this week with an exceptionalprogram. This year’s theme for the day was inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”

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As our staff members arrived for work, they were greeted with a poster in the lobby of the Nashville City Center, personally thanking each individual by name. The day unfolded gradually when each team member arrived at their desk to find their travel itinerary, which outlined their schedule for the day. At noon, the staff and attorneys from all of our offices came together for a cross-cultural lunch, hinting at the afternoon’s activities. Following the lunch, Charles R. Bone thanked the staff and invited everyone to join their respective Bone Law attorneys who would serve as their tour guides on the afternoon’s adventure.

The tour guides led the staff on a journey through the Bone Law offices to six different “countries”: Italy, France, the Philippines, Jamaica, Nepal, Argentina and South Africa. At each country, an attorney in costume awaited each tour group, welcoming the staff members with a traditional greeting and fun facts about the country. As each tour group left a country, gifts and treats were passed out as a sign of the firm’s appreciation. For example, in Italy the staff received cannolis and a sample bottle of Prosecco. Each group finished at “baggage claim”, where our pilots, Charles W. Bone, Sam McAllester and Marty Cook, personally thanked each team member for their hard work and dedication, and handed over their “luggage” containing a cash bonus, the final token of appreciation for the day.

Charles W Bone Staff Appreciation Day at Bone Law

 Staff Appreciation Day at Bone Law

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Our firm is grateful for the hard work of our staff and their dedication to helping fulfill our firm’s passion to provide quality legal services to our clients. We couldn’t do it without them and we look forward to future “places we will go” with the help of our team.

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Staff Appreciation Day at Bone Law

Background Check with Raquel & Chris Bellamy

Raquel L Bellamy - Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonRaquel L Bellamy - Attorney at Bone McAllester NortonBone McAllester Norton attorney, Raquel Bellamy, and her husband, Chris Bellamy, were featured in the Nashville Bar Journal’s “Background Check” column. They were recognized as a “powerhouse attorney couple” and a “positive force in the legal community for years to come.” The column provided an overview of their individual stories, how the two met, and the work they do today. 

The Bellamys are dedicated to providing excellent legal representation for all. We are proud of their hard work and the many ways they continue to serve the Nashville community. 

Read article Nashville Bar Journal's "Background Check" here.