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Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Group understands the complex needs, challenges and regulations facing the healthcare industry. Our Group represents hospitals, academic health centers, licensed clinics, large and small physician practices, individual physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, podiatrists, dentists and other medical clinicians, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, home healthcare providers, and digital health companies.

Regulatory and Compliance

Our Health Law Group aids clients of all types, whether hospitals, physician groups, individual clinicians or digital health companies, in navigating the complex regulatory field of the healthcare industry. The Group’s advice includes clients that are trying to wrap their arms around a HIPAA, Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statute matter, facing any type of investigation, licensure issues, privacy and security breaches or compliance, governance issues unique to healthcare entities and many other similar issues that arise in the healthcare field.

Inquiries about our Regulatory and Compliance Services may be directed to Matthew R. Fisher at mfisher@mirickoconnell.com.

Transactional

Our Health Law Group has extensive experience assisting for-profit and non-profit healthcare industry clients with strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and healthcare capital and equipment financing, including bond financing. We draft, review and negotiate contracts involving all aspects of our healthcare clients’ businesses, including contracts with vendors, third party payors, individual physicians and physician groups, medical device manufacturers, landlords and tenants. We handle employment issues, labor disputes, employee benefit matters, and executive compensation. We also assist our healthcare clients with real property leasing, permitting, zoning, construction and conveyancing.

Inquiries about our Transactional Services may be directed to Matthew R. Fisher at mfisher@mirickoconnell.com.

Litigation

Our Health Law Group has an extensive track record of success defending physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other medical clinicians, as well as, hospitals and medical groups in medical malpractice claims through trial in state and federal courts, and through alternative dispute resolution. We represent healthcare clients in business and professional disputes. We represent physicians and other healthcare clinicians before their respective professional licensing boards. The Health Law Group guides clients through responding to investigations by federal and state governmental entities, including the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Justice and state Attorney General offices, including investigations into alleged healthcare fraud and medical billing issues. The Group has extensive experience representing hospitals, clinics, physician practices, nursing homes, and medical device manufacturers before state and federal courts, the MCAD and the EEOC in labor and employment disputes, including defense of wrongful termination claims, breach of contract allegations, as well as discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. The Group also represents clients with unionized workforces in defending grievance and arbitration claims, unfair labor practice charges and in collective bargaining negotiations and strategies.

Inquires about our Litigation Services may be directed to Elizabeth L. B. Greene at egreene@mirickoconnell.com, Joan O. Vorster at jvorster@mirickoconnell.com or Robert L. Kilroy at rkilroy@mirickoconnell.com.

Refresher on HIPAA Compliance

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Matt Fisher Quoted in Fierce Healthcare article, "Privacy experts skeptical of Facebook's moves to protect sensitive health information"

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Matt FIsher Quoted in Fierce Healthcare article, "HHS moves to reduce HIPAA fines, lowering the cap more than $1M for some violations"

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Matt Fisher Quoted in HealthData Answers, "Industry Reacts to New Proposed Rules"

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Matt Fisher quoted in Physicians Practice, "4 ways to reduce the risk of a suit"

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Matt Fisher quoted in Physicians Practice "5 Guaranteed Ways to Get Sued"

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Mirick O'Connell Featured in Worcester Telegram

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Worcester Chamber Salutes Mirick O'Connell on 100 Years of Excellence

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Mirick O'Connell Celebrates 100th Anniversary!

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Elizabeth Greene to Receive Heart of Gold Award

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Mirick O'Connell Sponsors the ABA Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference

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Mirick O'Connell Participates in AHA's National Go Red for Women Day

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Mirick O'Connell Sponsors Reliant Foundation's Drive for a Difference

05/17/2015[ read full story ]

Mirick O'Connell Participates in Central MA Heart Walk

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Refresher on HIPAA Compliance

The start of a new year represents new opportunities to refocus on HIPAA compliance efforts. Ransomware and phishing attacks seem to be drawing the majority of recent headlines, but a couple of human-based incidents have also come out recently. The …

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HIPAA Year in Review

HIPAA experienced yet another year of attention, questioning, and enforcement. The issues around in 2019 were not necessarily new, though arguably approaches are beginning to change. Getting a handle on the issues may provide a means for better adherence to …

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Up for Another Round with HIMSS: Inaugural Digital Influencer

After being honored to participate in the HIMSS Social Media Ambassador program for four years, it is a great pleasure to continue contributing to and partnering with HIMSS as one of the ten inaugural members of the new Digital Influencer …

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Trust: Hard to Win, Easy to Lose

Debates around the privacy of healthcare data have been raging for years. The flames were fanned to new heights after an arrangement between Google and Ascension Health was revealed. Once the immediate (not necessarily accurate) reaction of claiming that the …

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Who’s Using My Data?: HIPAA and Allowed Uses

Privacy of health information is receiving a significant spotlight as a result of big technology companies moving into the healthcare industry. While Amazon and Microsoft seem to slip past many headlines, Google is not in the same boat. Various arrangements …

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Keep Security Front and Center

As National Cybersecurity Month comes to a close on October 31st, it should be stated that security and cybersecurity need care and attention all year long. To effectively protect data in an organization’s trust, security demands constant vigilance and an …

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Friends or Foes: Privacy and Artificial Intelligence

Headlines proclaiming the next great application of artificial intelligence appear with a great degree of frequency. As much that is true generally, healthcare seems to receive potentially an even greater amount of such announcements. Determining the validity behind the assertions …

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Can I Post That?

For the first time, a medical practice received a HIPAA fine as a result of an online post. The settlement provides a clear lesson on the limitations of social media for healthcare organizations and the need to carefully consider what …

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The Many Forms of HIPAA Enforcement

How is HIPAA enforced? That may be a simple enough question, but it also contains more nuance than may initially be expected. Determining how HIPAA is enforced can depend upon how the term enforcement is viewed and interpreted. The first …

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A Phishing Epidemic: Constant Stream of Reports

Since at least the beginning of the summer, it seems as though no day can go by without another phishing incident being reported by a healthcare entity. The reports are almost always the same too. After some period of time …

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