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Looking at Law Firms Operations From Top to Bottom May Provide a Pathway to Better Performance on Diversity

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

Guest bloggers: Martin Ervin is the director of operations at Prince Lobel Tye LLP. Mark Roellig is executive vice president and general counsel at MassMutual Financial Group.

Companies recognize and publicly acknowledge that in order to compete effectively, a commitment to diversity and inclusion is a business imperative. They have realized that in addition to creating better products, promotions, ideas and solutions, a focus on diversity and inclusion is necessary to expand or to simply maintain their existing market share.

This is due partly to the fact that the diverse communities comprising today’s marketplace both desire and expect to be represented through a company’s external branding and internal employment. Without question, it is a major accomplishment to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign 100 or as a top enterprise by Diversity Inc., Working Mother, or the National Association of Female Executives. Continue Reading

Winning On and Off the Job: Q&A With James Denniston, Senior Counsel With The New York Mets

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest blogger: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com.

The ACC Litigation Committee recently sat down with James Denniston, senior counsel with the New York Mets to discuss his career path into Major League sports, recent trends on litigation faced by sport franchises, and his views on building great teams. Denniston’s responsibilities at the Mets organization include litigation and dispute resolution, licensing, sports law, intellectual property, and contract negotiation. Before joining the Mets, he worked for Major League Baseball (MLB) where he was responsible for sponsorship and licensing. Continue Reading

Tips for Managing Your International Contracts Portfolio

Posted in ACC Mid-Year Meeting

During the inaugural ACC Mid-Year Meeting session, “Managing an International Contracts Portfolio,” the majority of law departments represented in the room noted they do not use contract management systems. And some companies are just beginning to implement this kind of software. Continue Reading

Breach Response – Why Having a Plan B is So Important

Posted in ACC Mid-Year Meeting

At the inaugural ACC Mid-Year Meeting, “Hot Topics in Financial Industry Cybersecurity” revealed via attendee polling that only eight percent of companies represented in the session have a sharing program with government or industry. On the other end of the spectrum, 73 percent do have an incident response plan. Continue Reading

Medicare Reimbursement of Telehealth Services: 2016 Update

Posted in Inside Health Law

Guest blogger: Nathaniel Lacktman is a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and heads the firm’s Telemedicine & Virtual Care practice. Foley & Lardner LLP is the sponsor of the ACC Health Law Committee. He can be reached at nlacktman@foley.com.

2016 is already heralding more good news on the telehealth reimbursement front. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported its total 2015 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program increased by 25 percent over last year. Providers are successfully integrating telehealth services into their traditional delivery approaches and are realizing payment opportunities, both within and outside the Medicare program. It is encouraging to see more providers taking the time to understand the reimbursement opportunities and submit covered claims for payment. Continue Reading