Medical Network One Announces Corporate Name Change to MedNetOne Health Solutions to Reflect Rapidly Expanding Services of Traditional Physician Groups

Rochester, Mich.—November 26, 2012–– Medical Network One, a Rochester-based healthcare management organization with a 31-year history serving the infrastructure and clinical support needs of primary and specialty care private practice physicians, announces a corporate name change to MedNetOne Health Solutions effectively immediately. The announcement was made by MedNetOne Health Solutions CEO Ewa Matuszewski.

Originally formed to provide third party payor contract negotiations, administrative support and utilization review services, MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS) has evolved in recent years to a full service health solutions provider, bringing new clinical, technology and programming support services to its 1,00 plus members to ease movement into the patient centered medical home model and meet national health reform mandates.

“The MedNetOne Health Solutions name better reflects the broad array of services we offer independent physician practices and behavioral health professionals who are focused on successfully transitioning to fully integrated, population-based, patient-centric practices,”
said Matuszewski. “Changes resulting from the PCMH movement and health reform, including new reimbursement models and structural alignments like ACOs and Organized Systems of Care, are coming at an unprecedented pace and require independent physicians and physician organizations to respond accordingly to remain viable.

“Despite aggressive actions by hospitals and health systems to purchase private primary care and specialty practices, there remains a core group of physicians who are strongly committed to remaining independent. That is MNOHS’ market and our services are built around them and behavioral health professionals who complement their services.”

Earlier this year, MedNetOne Health Solutions became the first physician-based organization in Michigan to actively pursue Ph.D. psychologists as members.

“National healthcare reform and new programs offered through the state of Michigan are emphasizing the incorporation of behavioral health services into primary care. We want behavioral health specialists to join us in our efforts to promote whole person care,” said Matuszewski.

About MedNetOne Health Solutions:
MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a leader in advancing the development and implementation of the Patient-Centered Medial Home (PCMH), is a healthcare management organization for primary and specialty care physicians and behavioral health specialists that provides administrative infrastructure and clinical support and programming to develop and sustain high performing, patient-centric practices while meeting government healthcare reform mandates. Learn more at http://www.mednetone.net.
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Carol Cain: East-side, west-side Michigan relations warm up

From The Detroit Free Press
November 26, 2012

By Carol Cain

The east and west sides of Michigan used to eye each other with suspicion.

But the economic tsunami of 2008 impacted much, including that often-adversarial relationship.

Today, it’s more east meets west as relations start to warm with organizations like the West Michigan Policy Forum, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Chamber and Business Leaders For Michigan working together.

It’s even impacting things culturally speaking as Detroiter Larry Callahan can attest.

Callahan, founder and director of the Selected of God choir — which teamed with Eminem in turning his “Lose Yourself” tune into Chrysler’s “Born of Fire” Super Bowl ad, has been contacted by organizations across the state to perform, including Grand Rapids.

The choir, which came out with its new “Evolution II” CD last week that is selling like hotcakes at Walmart, Target and other stores, performed at the recent West Michigan Policy Forum, where more than 600 gathered in Grand Rapids.

“People there were so friendly,” Callahan said. “We were walking around. We weren’t dressed in our choir robes or anything so they knew who we were. I was just impressed.”

“The idea of having the Selected of God choir perform meshed with our theme of bringing all parts of Michigan together to hear from and discuss the most-pressing public policy issues,” said Jared Rodriguez, president of West Michigan Policy Forum.

“Their ‘one shot, one opportunity’ message is what we believe we have to do to get it right in Michigan to make the world understand we are open for business.”

Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, who traveled with a busload of 30 executives to the biannual West Michigan Policy Forum event, came armed with stickers to hand out.

“The ‘Detroit Hearts Grand Rapids’ sticker reinforces the idea of ‘One Michigan’ and the importance of collaboration to Michigan’s success that Gov. Rick Snyder talks about,” Baruah said.

The two sides got a boost when the Grand Rapids Chamber, along with WMPF, Business Leaders For Michigan and Baruah’s organization began getting more acquainted. A Detroit delegation visited Grand Rapids in 2011, which was followed by a visit of West Michigan leaders to Detroit in 2012.

That spawned conversations that led to the Detroit Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference and the WMPF agreeing to a statewide focus.

“When I moved here, I didn’t know the west side but I kept hearing about the tension and competition,” Baruah said. “Once I got over there and spent some time, I was pleasantly surprised to hear and see how supportive the business community was of the east side. And I know how important the west side is to the east side.”

Rodriguez agreed.

“We need to think of our entire state working toward a unified goal of making Michigan more dynamic, more diverse and more enticing for job providers,” Rodriguez said. “We need to create a best-in-the-world environment whether someone is considering a new factory in the U.P., a biotech start-up in Kalamazoo or a web-services company in Detroit.

“There’s plenty of competition knocking down our doors. The last thing we need is to compete against ourselves,” Rodriguez added.

Indeed, with the joining of Chrysler, a gospel choir and a hip-hop star to propel the Motor City, perhaps this newfound momentum can do the same for the entire state.

Contact Carol Cain at 313-222-6732 or clcain@cbs.com. She is senior producer and host of “Michigan Matters,” which airs at 11:30 a.m. Sundays on CBS 62.

Detroit Auto Accident Attorneys Honored Among Best Law Firms

Michigan Auto Law has once again been named among the Best Law Firms in America and received a First-Tier ranking for Detroit within U.S. News & World Report.

According to Best Lawyers, a  Tier 1 ranking was determined through our firm’s overall point evaluation, which is derived from a combination of our clients’ impressive feedback, the high regard that other Detroit lawyers (and insurance defense lawyers) have for us and their own evaluation of our firm.  The third edition of these rankings features law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers.  The rankings, presented in tiers, showcase more than 10,000 law firms ranked nationally or by metropolitan region. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of 80 legal practice areas and by metro or state in 118 practice areas.

The analysis was done by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers in America. Here’s Michigan Auto Law’s Best Law Firms summary. The rankings will be featured in U.S.News & World Report’s Money issue and in the “Best Law Firms” standalone publication.  Four of our attorneys have also been named Best Lawyers in America for the past several years.

 

About Michigan Auto Law

Michigan Auto Law is a third-generation law firm with 18 lawyers focusing on helping people who have been seriously injured or killed in car accidents or truck accidents throughout Michigan.  The firm’s Detroit Office is located at 535 Griswold in downtown Detroit.  The firm also has offices in Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights.  For more information contact us at 1-800-777-0028 or visit our website at www.michiganautolaw.com.

Butzel Long attorney Linda D. Kennedy appointed to the Michigan Technological 
University Board of Control

DETROIT, Mich. –  November 20, 2012 – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Linda D. Kennedy has been appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Technological University Board of Control.  The eight-member board is the governing body of the university.  Ms. Kennedy will serve an eight-year term that expires on December 20, 2020.

“It is an honor to receive this appointment,” said Ms. Kennedy, a resident of Troy.  “Michigan Technological University is an outstanding public research university.”

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Ms. Kennedy concentrates her practice on intellectual property, including opinion work, patent litigation, patent prosecution, trademark law, and trade secret litigation.

Ms. Kennedy has advised clients that develop cutting-edge technologies.  Her work has included complex medical devices, pharmaceuticals, industrial polymers, and engine controllers.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Ms. Kennedy worked at intellectual property boutique law firms and as in-house counsel for the Dow Chemical Company, where she managed products liability litigation.

Ms. Kennedy is a graduate of Michigan Technological University (B.S., summa cum laude, Scientific and Technical Communication, 1991), the University of Minnesota (B.A., Chemistry, 1996), and of the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1998).  She is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and the State of Michigan.

Ms. Kennedy is a member of the American Intellectual Property Association, the American Bar Association, and the Michigan Technological University Alumni Association, of which she is a past officer and board member.

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey.  The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton.  Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms.  Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

Media Contact:
Maribeth Farkas at Caponigro Public Relations Inc., (248) 353-3030, ext. 2114

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November 20, 2012: Chamber, Harvard Partner on U.S. Competitiveness Event; Survey to Help Strengthen Local Economy

Chamber Partners with Harvard Business School for U.S. Competitiveness Project Event

The Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project visited the Detroit area last week as part of a national tour of road shows looking to improve the ability of firms operating in the U.S. to compete successfully in the global economy while supporting high and rising living standards for Americans. The Competitiveness Project is led by Chamber friend, 2011 Mackinac Policy Conference keynote speaker and Harvard Professor Michael Porter, the father of the international competitiveness movement.

Professor Jan Rivkin generously spoke to Leadership Detroit class XXXIV at the Henry Ford Innovation Institute last Thursday prior to the scheduled road show event that evening. Professor Rivkin shared the results of his competitiveness survey, created in collaboration with Professor Porter, and discussed his findings during a thought-provoking and engaging discussion with class members. The Chamber promoted the evening road show event, featuring Professors Rivkin, Willy C. Shih, Chester Huber and Michigan native Bill George, to MICHauto leaders and Leadership Detroit alumni. The Chamber also participated in a private dinner for the project later that evening. More information on the U.S. Competitiveness Project can be found here.

Help Michigan Build a Stronger, Healthier and More Business Friendly Economy with Short Survey

The Detroit Regional Chamber is participating in the first annual Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey along with more than 70 organizations who have joined together from around the state to gain a better understanding of how to accelerate business and job growth in Michigan. This venture will help the participating groups in the Michigan business community to better understand your business priorities and determine what services will be valuable to your business in 2013.

Please take a few quick minutes to fill out a short survey, here, and share your business insight. By providing your feedback in this survey, you are part of a statewide collaborative effort to help Michigan become a stronger, healthier and more business-friendly economy in 2013.

Support Local Business, Shop Small This Saturday

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide. Join the Detroit Regional Chamber in supporting local business by shopping small this Saturday, November 24 as part of Small Business Saturday. Last year, more than one million people participated and shopped small in their communities. By supporting local, independently owned businesses, you’re helping create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. For more information, download this flyer or click here.

Join the Chamber for Lessons Over Lunch Featuring Matt Stephens of Weinberg & Associates, November 28

Join the Detroit Regional Chamber on Wednesday, November 28 at the Weinberg & Associates offices in Southfield from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Lessons Over Lunch with Matt Stephens. Stephens, sales development trainer for Weinberg & Associates, will share his insight on how to get in front of decision-makers and discuss the internal psychology that leads to maximum effectiveness and stronger business relationships. To learn more about this Small Business: Unlocked program or to register, click here.

Registration for Opportunity Detroit, Chamber’s Annual Membership Meeting and Holiday Reception Now Open

Registration is now open for Opportunity Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual membership meeting and holiday reception, on December 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gem Theater. As the landscape of the Detroit region continues to transform, companies of all types and sizes – large and global, entrepreneurial and growing – are investing and creating jobs in Southeast Michigan. Confidence is increasing among business decision-makers and global site selectors believe business opportunities are made in Detroit.

During this event, you will have a chance to hear from the people making decisions to invest in Detroit and what they are finding when they do. From talent, resources and quality of life, to one of the best business tax structures in the nation, the Chamber is bringing business insiders together to share Detroit’s story and define the role you can play in encouraging its continued transformation. Click here to reserve your spot.

Affirmative Action Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals declared a 2006 ballot initiative banning affirmative action in university admissions unconstitutional. The state ban was declared in violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, and last week’s decision strikes down what’s being called the most significant portion of the ballot initiative which deals with university admissions. The Detroit Regional Chamber joined with other business and academic institutions in opposing the ban of affirmative action, with a shared interest in creating strong, diverse workplaces and academic environments. To read more, click here.

Nemeth Burwell Founding Partners Named to DBusiness Magazine’s List of Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit

Detroit, Mich. – November 19, 2012 Attorneys Patricia Nemeth and Linda Burwell, founding partners of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., have been recognized by their peers as leading lawyers in DBusiness magazine’s Metro Detroit Top Lawyers List for 2013. Both Ms. Nemeth and Ms. Burwell were included in the specialty area of labor and employment law. DBusiness is Detroit’s premier monthly business journal. The Metro Detroit Top Lawyers’ list is in the magazine’s November/December 2012 issue, available on newsstands now and online here.

Patricia Nemeth specializes as a litigator, consultant, negotiator and mediator. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of traditional labor and employment litigation law, including complex employment investigations and analyses, discrimination/harassment, age, disability, sex, race, whistleblowers, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and union issues, and multi-party lawsuits. She is a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. Ms. Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. She is a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Linda Burwell specializes as a litigator, arbitrator and consultant, representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Her areas of expertise include wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-competition, harassment, interference with contract, equal pay, retaliation, whistleblowers, wage and hours, unfair labor practices, breach of contract, libel and slander, and invasion of privacy. She regularly counsels management on collective bargaining agreements, pre-employment, discipline, and pre-termination and post-termination matters. A nationally recognized speaker and author on employment law and risk management issues, Ms. Burwell often serves as the legal expert on panels involving employment laws. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Michigan, Ohio, Federal, and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Celebrating 20 years in 2012, Nemeth Burwell (www.nemethburwell.com) specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Practice Transformation Institute’s Mackinac Learning Collaborative IV Begins December 5th

Troy, Mich. – November 19, 2012 – Practice Transformation Institute (PTI),
an organization providing the health care community with Continuing Medical
Education and customized learning programs that improve patient health outcomes
and the individual care delivery experience, announces the fourth Mackinac
Learning Collaborative will begin on December 5th.

The theme of the Collaborative is “Integrated Health: Promoting Care Model Innovation for Behavioral Health in Primary Care and Primary Care in Behavioral Health”. It will bring together medical, behavioral, and other health care professionals to develop a deeper understanding of the interdependency of the care management and care coordination processes between medical and behavioral health care, which is vital for addressing the health care needs of the whole person and improving health outcomes.

A learning collaborative is a learning and innovation community that links a variety of organizations together to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within a specific topic area, in this case, physician practices. The Mackinac Learning Collaborative (MLC) began in 2009 and is focused on transformation to a more patient-centric approach in small primary care physician practices and residency programs. 18 Detroit-area practices/providers participated in MLC III, which ended in September 2012.

Leading the Mackinac Learning Collaborative IV are co-chairs Kevin M. Taylor, M.D., M.S., who served as  chair of MLC-III, and Lori Zeman, Ph.D. Dr. Zeman and Dr. Taylor will lead select MLC sessions, serve as a resource to participant physicians and their practice teams and work with curriculum designers to ensure that MLC-IV content is appropriate and immediately applicable. Dr. Taylor has a strong interest in primary and patient-centered care. He is a practicing internist at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Chief Medical Director for the St. Joseph Mercy Medical Group.

Dr. Zeman is an Assistant Professor in the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. Her work focuses on integrating mental health into medical settings to increase access to mental health services for underserved populations and address behaviors that can enhance or impede overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Zeman also coaches pre- doctoral psychology interns and residents on ways to enhance their patients’ health behaviors using motivational interviewing and other evidence-based interventions.

To date, the majority of MLC participants have sought and received Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation based on the changes they implemented in their practices as a result of the MLC experience. The learning collaborative fosters an atmosphere of collegiality as physicians and their practice teams seek to adopt the most advanced approaches for care model innovation and redesigning and nurturing their practices. The MLC-IV curriculum includes quarterly in-person meetings in Detroit and regular on-line study, support from quality improvement specialists, chats and other forms of educational instruction. CME classes that complement the MLC-IV curriculum are also offered through PTI at its Physician Training Center in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Physicians interested in participating in Mackinac Learning Collaborative IV should contact Harmony Kinkle, PTI Director of Operations, at 248.475.4736 or hkinkle@transformcoach.org. For a CME schedule of classes offered through PTI, please visit www.transformcoach.org.

About Practice Transformation Institute (PTI)
Practice Transformation Institute is Michigan’s leading provider of CME and IACET accredited experiential learning programs for the Patient-Centered Medical Home and other primary care transformation initiatives. Practice Transformation Institute is a founding partner of the Mackinac Learning Collaborative, a learning community linking Michigan physicians with their peers to rapidly test and implement meaningful, sustainable change within their primary care practices. PTI also runs the Physician Training Center in Madison Heights. Learn more about Practice Transformation Institute and the Mackinac Learning Collaborative at www.transformcoach.org.

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Brinks’ Ann Arbor Office Managing Partner Named a DBusiness Top Lawyer

ANN ARBOR – November 19, 2012 – Steven L. Oberholtzer, managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been recognized by his peers as a leading lawyer in DBusiness magazine’s Metro Detroit Top Lawyers List for 2013. Mr. Oberholtzer was listed in his specialty area of intellectual property law. DBusiness is Detroit’s premier monthly business journal; the Metro Detroit Top Lawyers’ list is in the magazine’s November/December 2012 issue, available on newsstands now and online.

At Brinks, Steve Oberholtzer’s practice focuses on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings including interferences, re-examinations, re-issues, trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution.
Mr. Oberholtzer has extensive experience with the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry. He has a lifelong interest in the industry and products, and was previously employed as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer and as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier. In private practice, Mr. Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower tier supplier engagements that include worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues and management of teams of attorneys handling all facets of these matters.
Mr. Oberholtzer is the principal author of a primer on intellectual property entitled, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, and received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Technology Transfer Society and the Licensing Executives Society.

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 140 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with bachelors and advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. In addition to Ann Arbor, Brinks has offices in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.

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Iain Michie Joins Crestmark Team

(TROY, MICHIGAN, November 19, 2012) – Crestmark is pleased to welcome Iain Michie, Vice President, Debtor Credit Manager. Michie works out of the Troy, Michigan, office.

Michie joins Crestmark from Marquette Commercial Finance in Texas, where he worked as a Credit Manager for five years. With over 45 years in the financial industry, Michie has tackled a range of positions – from collector, analyst, account, portfolio manager to CEO and President. He established himself working at a number of companies, including United Factors, Manufacturers Hanover, Heller, and Main Factors.

“Iain’s experience and knowledge are unparalleled and he will be a tremendous asset to our team,” said Jack R. Roper, Group President. “I enjoyed working with him in the past, and am glad to have him as a part of the Crestmark family.”

A native of Scotland, Michie moved to Canada and as a young adult spent 10 years working in the Arctic trading furs with the Eskimos. He began his financial career in Canada, and later moved with his family to Dallas. Michie has four children, is the proud grandfather to eight grandchildren, and this December he will celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with wife Shannon.

Crestmark is a nationally known and respected FDIC-insured bank that provides innovative financial solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. Financing solutions include asset-based lending, accounts receivable financing, lines of credit and factoring. Crestmark finances most business-to-business companies, and has extensive experience in helping many industries including transportation, manufacturing, staffing, government contractors, apparel and furniture manufacturing. Headquartered in Michigan, with offices in Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, Alabama, California, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas. www.crestmark.com

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