Associate with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and a board certified family medicine physician
The healthcare group at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, the firm I work at, for example, serves many, many healthcare entities, physician practices, and group practices both in Michigan and outside of Michigan. One role we play is to help physicians, practices, and hospitals remain compliant with CMS regulations, HIPAA, HITECH, the Affordable Care Act, Anti-kickback regulations, and self-referral regulations. The American healthcare industry is probably the most heavily regulated industry in the world. Attorneys understand how to navigate the waters of those vast regulations to help physicians deliver patient care more efficiently, effectively, and with far fewer headaches. Attorneys understand where the risky waters lie and can help physicians and healthcare entities save costs and reduce efforts by focusing on ‘high yield’ compliance issues.
Regulations and laws dictate every level of a physician’s work—the way physicians obtain informed consent from patients, how they document in the patient record, the number of midlevel providers they use and how they supervise those midlevel providers, how they bill and are paid, how supplies are kept and logged in the healthcare facilities where they deliver care, how prescriptions are written and provided—the law literally defines the day to day life of every practicing physician. And attorneys understand those laws better than anyone else—it is the bread and butter of our practice. So, while physicians understand the physiology, pathology, and logistics of patient care delivery, attorneys understand how the law impacts the risk, cost, and efficiency of that care delivery. When physicians and attorneys work together effectively, they can create more efficient healthcare systems that are better aligned to meet the needs of patients, physicians, and healthcare systems.
OCMS Medical/Legal Committee
The OCMS Medical/Legal committee brings physicians and attorneys together to create a learning atmosphere for both parties that will lead to a more efficient healthcare system. We meet the 1st Thursday of every month (except January, July, and August) at the Oakland County Bar Association, 1760 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills at 7:45 a.m.
Our first meeting of the fall is Thursday, September 1st. Come join us!