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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

Ben W. Heineman, Jr. Shares Thoughts on His New Book, “The Inside Counsel Revolution”

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest bloggers: 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. Justin Connor is senior counsel and director of chief legal officer services at ACC. He can be reached at j.connor@acc.com.

Over the past 25 years, there has been a revolution in the legal profession. General counsel and other in-house lawyers have increased their quality, responsibility, power, and status. They are core members of the C-suite. This shift in the in-house role is necessary to keep up with demands of corporations and the ever-changing global business and legal landscape. Continue Reading

Compliance – It Can Start with Contracts

Posted in ACC Mid-Year Meeting

At the inaugural ACC Mid-Year Meeting, one of the popular morning sessions was “Enhancing Compliance and Risk Management Through Contracts.” Faculty Dan Puterbaugh, director and associate general counsel, Adobe Systems; Monica Reinmiller, director corporate compliance, Sutherland Global Services Inc; and Sarah Sederstrom, senior counsel, Wunderman, instructed attendees that your contracts can be your first line of defense against compliance issues. Continue Reading

The DuPont Legal Model: A Playbook for Success

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest bloggers: Jennifer Mailander is associate general counsel at Corporation Service Company, and is the former chair of ACC’s Litigation Committee. She can be reached at jennifer.mailander@cscglobal.com. Tom Sager is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP and former general counsel at DuPont. He can be reached at sagert@ballardspahr.com.

DuPont has worked with dozens of law firms on dozens of matters. At the start, there was no strategy for working together. There was no coherent set of criteria that tied the law firms’ goals to DuPont’s goals. There was no benchmarking for success. And there was not nearly enough diversity. The legal department was a cost center and it was far more confusing and inefficient than it had to be. Continue Reading