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Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment Update: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Will Adopt the Proposed New Standards

Earlier this month, the U.S. Access Board announced that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (“VA”) will adopt the new Accessibility Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment.

As mentioned in our January 31, 2017, blog post, “The U.S. Access-Board Releases Long-Awaited Final Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment Standards,” the Access Board released its new Accessibility Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment (the “MDE Standards”) at the beginning of the year, with an effective date of February 8, 2017.

Despite the February “effective date,” the MDE Standards do not impose any mandatory requirements on health care providers or medical device manufacturers until adopted by a federal enforcing authority.  According to the Access Board, the VA—pursuant to an agreement governing its acquisitions—will require new equipment it purchases to meet the MDE Standards.  It is important to note, however, that the MDE Standards still do not currently impose any mandatory scoping standards on health care providers or medical device manufacturers because the Access Board does not have authority to promulgate rules with the force and effect of law.

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Frank Morris, Health Care Attorney, Epstein Becker Law Firm
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FRANK C. MORRIS, JR., is a Member of the Firm in the Litigation and Employee Benefits practices, heads the Labor and Employment practice in the Washington, DC, office, and co-chairs the firm's ADA and Public Accommodations Group.

Mr. Morris' experience includes:

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Maxine Adams is an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Washington, DC, office of Epstein Becker Green.

Ms. Adams:

  • Assists in defending clients against labor and employment-related litigation with respect to wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, and retaliation disputes

  • Assists in counseling clients on employment law issues in all facets of the employment relationship

  • Assists in advising employers on practices and procedures, including employment policies and handbooks

  • Assists in defending employers in lawsuits brought in court alleging violations of all aspects of the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and/or equivalent state and local laws

Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Adams interned for the New York State Department of Labor, where, among other things, she researched worker misclassification issues.

As a law student, Ms. Adams participated in the Cornell Labor Law Clinic, which serves underprivileged clients with workplace-related issues. She also served as a teaching assistant in the Labor and Employment Law course at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

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