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March 2010 e-Newsletter
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State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section
PO Box 366, Dimondale, MI 48821-0366
Phone: (517) 281-8485
Chair's Letter from Joanne Lax
Thank you for participating in the 2009-2010 Bar year.  The Health Care Law Section is planning educational programs, substantive law publications, practice aids, and a community service opportunity for the membership.  We have something to benefit all health lawyers, and we hope that you will take advantage of our offerings.
Educational Programs
If you missed the Substantive Law Committee's complimentary teleconference on Thursday, March 18, 2010, The Audit Landscape for MI Providers and Suppliers: RACs, PSC Audits, MICs, BCBSM and More, presented by Abby Pendleton and Jessica Gustafson from The Health Law Partners PC, you may access the audio playback by calling 800-262-0844 and entering the access code 177482# through April 17.
The Substantive Law Committee is also planning future complimentary educational events:
April 22, 2010 - Legislative and Health Policy Update:  Issues and Perspectives from LansingJoin our live legislative update program sponsored by the Legislative Update Committee being held at the State Bar of Michigan, Michael Franck Building, on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  An hour long networking opportunity will immediately follow the program.  Light refreshments will be served and participants will have an opportunity to meet the speakers and network with colleagues.  State Representative Marc Corriveau and Senator Tom George will be joined by representatives of the health care industry to discuss the latest issues and provide a preview of coming attractions for health care policy and legislation.  Other panelists include Fred Anderson (Michigan Osteopathic Association), Paul DuGuay (Michigan Association of Health Plans), Colin Ford (Michigan State Medical Society), Chris Mitchell (Michigan Health & Hospital Association) and Bill Scheuber (Midwest Healthcare Executives Group & Associates.  Click here to Register Now!
April 26, 2010 - A teleconference jointly sponsored by the Employee Benefits Committee of the Taxation Section and the Substantive Law Committee of the Health Care Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Reform: Impact on Employers and Employer-Sponsored Welfare Plan, will be held on Monday, April 26, 2010 at noon.  Watch for e-mail announcement with registration details.
April 29, 2010 - A teleconference and webinar sponsored by the Technology Subcommittee, Introduction to Proposed Rules for the Medicaid and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs, will be offered on April 29, 2010 beginning at noon to 1:15 p.m.  Presenters are Patricia B. Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS COL, USA (ret'd) VP, Health Care Information Systems HIMISS and John Hazewinkel, MPA, JD, Institute for Health Care Studies, Michigan State University.  Watch for e-mail announcement with registration details.
May 27, 2010 - A teleconference sponsored by the Payor's Subcommittee, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Regulations (GINA) will be offered on May 27, 2010 beginning at noon.  Speakers will be Liz Callahan Morris and Gary Francis.  Watch for e-mail announcement with registration details.
In This Issue
Chair's Letter
Educational Programs
Annual Meeting
Join Counselors for the Cure
New Web Site Look & Info
Call for Authors
Annual Meeting
The HCLS Annual Meeting will be held on September 23, 2010 at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in downtown Detroit.  We are seeking proposals for speakers to present one hours sessions on health law topics for our afternoon educational program.  Proposals are due to Joanne Lax at no later than March 31, 2010.  An RFP form was sent via e-blast on March 2, 2010 and again on March 15, 2010.  If you did not receive the e-blast, please contact the HCLS assistant, Suzette Allen, for assistance.
This year's annual meeting will start with a luncheon featuring Mike Duggan, the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center as speaker.  Mr. Duggan will give us his perspective on the state of health care delivery in Michigan.  After our business meeting, we will offer our educational sessions, followed by a cocktail reception and a special docent-lead tour of this unique museum.  Please mark your calendars to join us for this event.
Join "Counselors for the Cure" at the 2010 Susan G. Koman Detroit Race for the Cure
Please JOIN the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section's Team, COUNSELORS FOR THE CURE, at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 
The race will take place on May 22, 2010 at Comerica Park in Detroit. Crawlers, Walkers and Runners are all welcome! The first 60 people to sign up on our team will receive a free athletic/wicking shirt with our team logo (a value of more than $20), so DON'T DELAY!
The schedule of the race is as follows:
8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony - Survivor & Memorial Recognition
9:00 a.m. Competitive 5K Start (women and men)
Following 5K Walk Start (women and men)
Following One-Mile Walk 10:30 a.m.
Closing Ceremony - Racers and Team Awards
At approximately 11:00 a.m. following the race, the Health Care Law Section members, friends and families are planning to get together at the Town Pump Tavern,, which is just a short walk from the race (i.e., no need to move the car).
Please register for the race as a member of COUNSELORS FOR THE CURE by clicking on the link below.
Register Now!  

Tips for a smooth registration:
Select REGISTER NOW, then check TEAM MEMBER REGISTRATION, then follow the prompts until it is time to SELECT A TEAM. A drop down menu with team names will come up and your team selection should be COUNSELORS FOR THE CURE. If you have any trouble with registration, please let us know at
New Web Site Look and Information
Our Web site has received a face lift thanks to the hard work of our Technology and Web Design Committee.  Please check it out and let us know if it has achieved our objective of user friendly access to current, useful information.
  • We are pleased to post an updated directory of all HCLS members on our Web site at The directory will include name, address, phone, fax and e-mail of all Section members.  It will be housed in a password protected section of our Web site.  If you would prefer to not be included in the directory, please notify our HCLS assistant, Suzette Allen, at no later than March 31, 2010 when the directory will go live. An e-mail regarding this change has previously been sent to all section members. 
  • The Technology and Web Design Committee is pleased to announce the implementation of a new, specialized search engine to be housed on the HCLS Web site.  This search engine will be powered by Google and will focus on material published by Michigan attorneys on their firm Web sites.  A limited scope search engine like this allows users to more easily locate high relevance search results.  In engineering terms, such a search engine offers a favorable signal-to-noise ratio.  Inclusion of firm Web sites in the data base accessed by this search engine is voluntary and free.  It is open to all Section  members and their law firms.  Please send an e-mail to Richard Bouma at to notify him that you want your firm Web site included in the search engine.  Please be sure to include the URL of the site.  Watch your e-mails for our announcement of when this new search engine goes live.
  • Our Publications Committee has also posted the following four practice aids to our Web site.  Members have found these practice aids to be very helpful in the past as a quick reference to pertinent authoritative material and as a launching point for in-depth research.
    • An updated Record Retention Manual which was last updated in 2002
    • An updated combined state/federal Fraud and Abuse Manual
    • An updated Health Law Index
    • A new white paper on the subject of telemedicine
Call for Authors
We are now including short substantive articles in our monthly e-Newsletter.  If you would like to be considered as an author, please e-mail your topic to Joanne Lax at  Articles should be approximately 250 to 500 words in length and must be original to the submitter and previously unpublished except for firm newsletters.  Selected articles will be distributed via our e-Newsletter and posted on our Web site.