New Mexico Health Care Law Questions & Answers

Q: How can I find out the standards for methadone clinics in New Mexico?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Health Care Law for New Mexico on
Answered on Oct 11, 2017
David Humphreys' answer
Generally, the New Mexico Department of Health regulates health care facilities.

I did a quick Google search and located the following information:

Rosemary Nowak

New Mexico Behavioral Health Services DivisionPO Box 2348

37 Plaza La Prensa PO Box

Santa Fe, NM 87504

Telephone: (505) 476-9257


I wish you well. David Humphreys, licensed in NM and OK

Q: Are there any case references for New Mexico in reguards to balanced billing?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Health Care Law for New Mexico on
Answered on Aug 17, 2017
David Humphreys' answer
yes. There is a regulation. See TITLE 8 CHAPTER 302 PART 2 NMAC.

It may not apply to your situation. I am not aware of any court rulings on this provision of the Administrative Code. It is a little complicated. More information would be helpful. What type of services? Was their medicare, medicade, private insurance, was it a PPO or HMO? What type of services were subject to balance billing? Radiology, anesthesiology , ER visit? I will respond if you do. Let me know at

Q: Can I sue the NM Medical Board, State of New Mexico & other medical authorities for neglecting to address proper care?

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for New Mexico on
Answered on Mar 29, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Short answer is no. Courts don't tell administrative agencies what to do, and it's within their discretion. However, if your problem is getting a rehab plan or similar going, you will want to contact a group that deals with pain like the cancer socieity for your state, etc.

Q: I had surgery on Jan 22 (appendix) on my 2nd follow-up appt. the surgeon tested my wound for infection. The hospital

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for New Mexico on
Answered on Nov 25, 2016
Joshua Bradley's answer
There are many factors in a medical malpractice lawsuit. One factor in particular would be that the negligence of the medical provider must be the cause of damages. In other words, just because there was a delay in notification of a medical condition, does not always translate to damages. If you feel there were damages due to the delay, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as there are time limitations on when you can bring a lawsuit.

Q: Do we need to have a certified translator in a clinic setting to translate to Spanish speaking patients?

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for New Mexico on
Answered on Sep 17, 2015
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
No, not necessarily certified. But they should be fluent in Spanish as well as English.

Q: I work at a clinic and was wondering what our rights are when we informally translate to patients (language wise)?

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law for New Mexico on
Answered on Sep 17, 2015
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Instead of rights, do you perhaps mean liability exposure? Because yes, you are potentially asking for trouble if you are not sure that what you are saying in the foreign language is understood in the way you intend.

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