201507.29
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Don’t Miss the Boat When Mediating Post-Settlement Medicare Set-Asides

In certain cases, waiting until mediation to discuss future medical treatment for Medicare beneficiaries will significantly delay and possibly prevent any possibility of settlement. In workers’ compensation cases where the plaintiff/claimant is a Medicare beneficiary or reasonably expects to become a Medicare beneficiary within 30 months of settlement, certain steps must be taken to protect…

201507.23
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A Better Understanding of HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—commonly known as HIPAA—is designed to protect patient privacy. But as reported in The New York Times, HIPAA is not well understood and is often misapplied. The Times reported several striking examples of the misapplication of HIPAA: A woman, sitting in a hospital café discussing her terminally ill husband’s…

201507.09
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Mediation – The Perfect Tool for Employment Disputes

Employment-related disputes often involve emotionally charged, incendiary interpersonal conflicts. As a result, employment conflicts should be resolved as quickly as possible, especially when an employee wants to retain his or her employment with the employer. Even in cases where an employee is leaving the company, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, mediation provides a forum for the…