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Compliance via Smartphone – Stop Fighting It!

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

Guest bloggers: Andy Hinton is vice president, ethics and compliance at Google, Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. Ted Banks is partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and former chief counsel, global compliance at Kraft Foods.

It wasn’t too many years ago that people would have scoffed at the idea of spending most of your waking hours looking at a small device in your hand. But that is our reality today. The significance for compliance professionals should be obvious: the smartphone may be a great way to communicate with their employee base. Continue Reading

How Working In-house Differs From Private Practice

Posted in Career

Guest bloggers: Jay Atkinson is corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Leidos Inc. Danielle Carter is associate general counsel, ethics and compliance at Smiths Group. Sharla Toller is managing director at Major, Lindsey & Africa.

The transition in-house offers surprising differences that you may not always be prepared for after years of working in private practice. In the beginning, your job as a new in-house counsel is to learn the business — from the products and terminology to how things work and who to consult with on issues. Amidst all you are learning, you should also be aware of several differences. Continue Reading

Propel Your Career Forward; Make Your Vision a Reality

Posted in Career

Guest blogger: Ilona Korzha is counsel at Sprint Corporation. She is also co-chair of the ACC Career Development Committee. She can be reached at ilona.korzha@sprint.com or ilonakorzha@yahoo.com. The materials contained herein represent the opinions of the author and should not be construed to be the views or opinions of Sprint Corporation.

This month, I wanted to learn more about goal setting, professional self-reflection and self-assessment. I reached out to Lisa B. Horowitz (lbhorowitz@gmail.com) from Attorney Talent Strategy Group, LLC, a career coach and organizational development consultant who focuses on the design and implementation of your personal career, leadership, management, and business development strategies. We talked about strategies for proactively propelling your career to the next level, reflecting upon your individual strengths, areas for growth, values, and articulating your vision. Here is what she had to say. Continue Reading

MedPAC Approves Changes To Medicare Parts And Payments For Post-Acute Care

Posted in Inside Health Law

Guest blogger: Erich A. Drotleff, JD MPH is director, healthcare legal counsel at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions and membership chair of the ACC Health Law Committee.

On April 7, 2016, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) approved changes to Medicare Parts B and D, as well as a plan to overhaul how Medicare pays for post-acute care. The recommendations are to curb growth in Medicare’s drug spending, including moves to scale back a safety net program for insurers and cut dispensing fees for costly treatments given in doctors’ offices. Continue Reading

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