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Showing 4 posts from January 2012.

NLRB Delays Notice Requirement to April 30

In our November 22, 2011 post entitled "Health Facilities Must Display Notice About Employees' Organizing Rights", we conveyed the National Labor Relations Board's ("NLRB") requirement that health facilities, among others, must post a notice advising those on payroll of their rights to negotiate as a group and join a union.  At that time, the notice was required to be posted by January 31, 2012.  However, the NLRB has further delayed the effective date of the required posting until April 30, 2012.  The NLRB agreed to this postponement because of a request by a federal court in Washington D.C. that is currently reviewing a legal challenge to this requirement.  While the implementation date may have been delayed, employers should prepare for the April 30th deadline.  For more information on the mandatory contents of the required posting, please review our November 22 post.

Categories: Employment, Hospitals

While Michigan's Congress may be stalling, Employers Should Still Plan for 2014 Health Exchange

health exchangeEven though the Republican-run Michigan House of Representatives is stalling legislation to create the Michigan Health Exchange, 2014 is quickly approaching.  Starting in 2014, insurance will be available on Health Exchanges.  If Michigan does create legislation creating its own Exchange, the federal government will implement one for Michigan residents.  This will impact Michigan employers and individuals. Read More ›

Categories: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance Exchange, Insurance

Into the Breach . . .

breachSmartphone usage has skyrocketed in the past few years.  Physicians are no exception to the trend - with more than 81% of physicians using smartphones.  Disturbingly, the number of health data breaches has risen in tandem with increased smartphone usage, and most experts agree that the increase is no coincidence.

Recent reports have indicated that 96% of all health care organizations have experienced at least one data breach during the past two years. Although the report did not detail the number of data breaches attributable to mobile devices, there is agreement that the widespread use of mobile devices is putting patient data at risk. Read More ›

Categories: HIPAA

New Licensure Requirements for Michigan Speech-Language Pathologists Released

On December 7, 2011, the final rules for Speech-Language Pathology were filed with the Michigan Secretary of State.  Among other things, the final rules require that any person who intends to practice speech-language pathology in Michigan must be licensed by December 7, 2013.  The rules also detail the requirements for licensure and give deference to individuals who have been certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

For more information about the licensure requirements for speech language pathologists and to obtain a copy of the current licensure application packet, please contact one of the health care law attorneys at Foster Swift.

Categories: Licensing, Physicians, Regulatory

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Best Lawyers® 2021

Congratulations to the attorneys of the Health Care practice group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. Firm-wide, 44 lawyers were listed. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation and as lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Health Care practice group members listed in Best Lawyers are as follows:

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