Guest Post: Five Reasons to Hire a Small Law Firm

**Thank you to Joseph A. Doerr of the Doerr Law Firm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for sharing this post.  Originally posted on the Doerr Law Firm blog on April 27, 2017. When searching for an attorney, clients may seek a large firm because of the brand, a particular expertise, or the matter simply requires multiple attorneys.  I’ve also heard that some clients select a big firm because if the matter doesn’t go as anticipated, the individuals who selected the firm will have… Read More >

2.5 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement Highlights Three Important HIPAA Lessons

On April 24, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for the Department of Health and Human Services (the entity in charge of enforcing HIPAA) announced a $2.5 million dollar settlement with CardioNet. CardioNet self-reported (as required by the Breach Notification Rule) an incident where an employee’s laptop was stolen from a locked car.  When OCR investigated the incident, it alleged that CardioNet had not completed a sufficient HIPAA “risk analysis” and had not finalized its policies and procedures. Three… Read More >

Public Act 379 of 2016 Updates How Physician Assistants Practice in Michigan by Removing “Supervision” and “Delegation” Language; Utilizing Practice Agreement Model

Public Act 379, which was signed into law in December 2016, modernizes the statutory language for PA-physician teams by referencing “participating physicians” rather than “supervising physicians.”  This change more accurately reflects the role PAs and physicians play as part of a healthcare team.  PA 379 requires that a PA and the participating physician work together utilizing a written practice agreement that sets out a process for communication, availability and decision-making between the providers and delineates any limitations or conditions on… Read More >

OCR Phishing Scam: Reminder to Use Caution

On November 28, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights for the Department of Health and Human Services issued an alert notifying providers of a “phishing” email.  According to the alert, the email is being circulated on fake HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of Jocelyn Samuels, the OCR Director.  Recipients are prompted to click on a link regarding the HIPAA Audit program, however the link takes individuals to a non-governmental website which markets a private firm’s cybersecurity services.  The OCR… Read More >