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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, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, home healthcare providers, and medical device manufacturers.

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From public policies and Federal initiatives to privacy and security, Matt Fisher and his guests discuss a smorgasbord of topics, giving hospitals, physicians, vendors and patients a seat at the table.

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 Ranked Largest Law Firm in Central MA

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Matt Fisher quoted in Part B News, "Cryptojacking a new threat to your patients' PHI; treat incidents seriously"

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Matt Fisher quoted in Part B News, "Lost a provider's prescription pad? Respond by the book and prove it"

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Matt Fisher quoted in Becker's Hospital Finance Review, "What the Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire partnership means for healthcare: 35 executives respond"

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Matt Fisher quoted in Medcity News, "Allscripts ransomware attack leads to class action lawsuit by medical practice: Is this the new normal? (Updated)"

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Matt Fisher quoted in Healthcare Dive, "Could narrow networks be the next big cost cutter?"

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Mirick O'Connell Voted Best Law Firm For Business

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Matt Fisher quoted in Fierce Healthcare, "HHS updates substance abuse confidentiality regulations, hints at future HIPAA alignment"

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Matt Fisher quoted in Part B News, "PBN's 2017 predictions: Right on QPP, CCM, fraud — and almost everything else"

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Matthew Fisher was listed as one of the "12 Healthcare IT Law Attorneys You Should Know" according to HealthData Management

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Mirick O'Connell Voted Best Law Firm

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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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Matt Fisher to Moderate HL7 Standards TweetChat

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Elizabeth Greene to Receive Heart of Gold Award

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Mirick O'Connell Participates in AHA's Central MA Heart Walk

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Mirick O'Connell Sponsors Central MA Heart & Stroke Ball

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Getting Measured for Stripes: Increasing Criminal HIPAA Violations

It has been just over three years since the first post about criminal HIPAA violations in this blog. At that time, a couple of stories over the span of a few weeks raised some eyebrows. The 2015 stories appeared to …

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Attack of a Paper Tiger: Ignoring Own Policies Leads to HIPAA Fine

On June 18, 2018, the Office for Civil Rights released a decision and memorandum from an Administrative Law Judge following a dispute over HIPAA fines imposed against The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (“MD Anderson”). The decision for …

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Privacy Invasion or Smart Marketing: Geofencing in Healthcare

The healthcare industry got a loud introduction to geofencing marketing recently. The headlines were driven by a law firm targeting individuals going to an emergency room. In particular, the ads attempted to lure individuals into a personal injury suit. The …

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To Audit or Not?

Questions often arise as to what terms need to be and should be included in a business associate agreement. The distinction between “need” and “should” is very important. The regulations implementing HIPAA set out what “needs” to be included as …

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An Unnecessary Privacy Risk?: Online Nursery Photos

Privacy and security of personal information are topics of constant discussion inside and outside of healthcare. Current events keep the heat on as one or the other never strays very far from headlines. The Facebook breach/expected use of data (angle …

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Bundled Payments: Fueling Drive to Value Based Care

Value based care comes in many forms, but the consistent goal is to reward the quality of care over the quantity of care. A variety of initiatives have been floated in the past few years with the goal of promoting the …

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Nothing Comes for Free

Many websites, mobile applications, software solutions and similar solutions are offered for “free.” The services are free from the perspective that there is no cost to acquire or use the service. However, as the famous saying used commonly by the …

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You Received a Letter from OCR, Now What?

At some point in time most group practices, hospitals or other provider organizations will receive a letter from the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). The letter will state that OCR received a complaint from a patient, employee or some other …

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Reflections from HIMSS18

Every year the HIMSS Annual Conference generates a tremendous amount of opportunity, promise, hype and more. While many pronouncements are usually made at the conference, the question always arises what will stick following the conference. From that perspective, a few …

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Monthly Data Breach Roundup: Hacking and Insiders in the Lead

The Breach Barometer published monthly through the joint effort of Protenus and Databreaches.net provides a fair amount of insight into data breach happenings. As noted in the report, the findings are based upon information obtained through searching records and releases, not …

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