American Society of Employers (ASE) expands training curriculum with two new course offerings

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces two new class offerings in its training curriculum: Emotional Intelligence Now and HIPAA. Both courses count towards HR continuing education for professional certification. ASE currently offers more than 65 courses in its curriculum catalog.

Emotional Intelligence Now, a three-hour course, explores the relevance and importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the workplace. EQ is a universal need. Everyone, but especially supervisors, needs to excel at building strong relationships with their peers and direct reports at work.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,) also a three-hour course, is geared to HR professionals, privacy officers, supervisors and managers and looks at HIPAA requirements and how they apply to employers. Course objectives include understanding when protected health information may be used and disclosed and identifying safeguards that must be in place to protect against unintentional uses and disclosures of private health information.

ASE CEO Mary E. Corrado says the course additions reflect the growing menu of topics that fall under the human resources management umbrella.

“As HR evolves into a strategic corporate partner, training programs evolve accordingly,” Corrado said. “HIPAA is no longer just a matter for medical offices; HR personnel and those in supervisory roles need to understand how it impacts the workplace. Similarly, the emotional intelligence concept has been popular for years, but now employers can gain a cultural advantage when they seek to incorporate emotional intelligence into collegial relationships and the workplace.”

Classes are open to ASE members and non-members. To register for these or other courses offered by ASE, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people.

Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

2016 Labor and Employment Update is focus of Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar series on Jan. 20

Detroit, Mich.-–-Dec. 29, 2016–Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., returns Jan. 20, 2016 with the annual labor and employment law update. The Jan. 20 presentation will review labor and employment law changes in 2015 and hot button compliance issues for the year ahead. Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., said 2015 was a milestone year.

“Over the past 12 months, the Department of Labor proposed changes to overtime regulations that will convert 4.6 million salaried employees to non-exempt employees eligible for overtime pay; the EEOC proposed new regulations that will govern employee wellness programs – ensuring their compliance with GINA and the ADA; and the Supreme Court decided cases on same sex marriage and religious accommodation” Nemeth said.

“The Court also addressed the vesting of retiree health benefits under a collective bargaining agreement,” Nemeth added. “That’s a far reaching list of changes. Up next is deciding cases on constructive discharge, class action certification, and whether public employees can be compelled to pay union dues. As 2015 ends and 2016 begins, changing labor and employment laws are definitely in the spotlight.”

Nemeth Law’s 2016 Labor and Employment Law Update will provide employers with practical tips and insights on navigating a swiftly changing labor and employment climate. Topics will include:
• Anticipated changes to overtime regulations and what employers should be doing now to prepare.
• Mandatory paid sick leave for government contractors.
• When insubordination is protected activity: 6th Circuit rules that vague threats against manager are protected by Title VII.
• Move over HIPAA and the ACA: wellness plans must also comply with GINA and the ADA.
• Watch your language: 6th Circuit rules that sloppy handbook language created FMLA coverage for uncovered employee; NLRB issues guidance for compliance.
• Who’s your employee? Developing theories of liability under the FLSA, Title VII and the NLRA for contingent employees, leased employees and franchisees.

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Dickinson Wright to Host Seminar on HIPAA in Troy

TROY, Mich., September 4, 2014 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm will host “Are You HIPAA-Notized Yet? The Latest Insights and Developments” on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Troy, Mich.

The seminar will feature attorneys from Dickinson Wright’s interdisciplinary healthcare practice group and topics will include: basic privacy and security requirements; practical tips for HIPAA compliance; new rules for notice of privacy practices, business associates and breach notification; responding to subpoenas and other requests for health information; and HIPAA enforcement. Attendees may be eligible for Continuing Education Units pending with the Health Care Compliance Association.

Below are the details for the seminar:

“Are You HIPAA-Notized Yet? The Latest Insights and Developments”

Date: Friday, September 26th
Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Seminar
Location: Bank of America Building
2600 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084

If you are interested in attending the seminar or to learn more, please contact Mellissa Boyd at 313-223-3125 or at mboyd@dickinsonwright.com.

Dickinson Wright’s interdisciplinary healthcare practice group includes more than 35 practicing lawyers with the expertise and experience to provide sophisticated, cost-effective legal services to healthcare industry clients. Our comprehensive services include regulatory/compliance, antitrust, governance and employment; transactional; financial; development & facilities acquisitions; intellectual property; information technology; and litigation.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 350 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

IPS Technology Services Releases Tips to Help Physicians Practices Generate Maximum Revenue and Keep Positive Cash Flow

TROY- September 24, 2013 – As healthcare practices are transforming from fee-based services to outcome-based Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), they are facing unique challenges resulting out of a number of unknown factors due to new technologies, new processes and skills required to ensure maximum collection of revenue.

IPS Technology Services recently released thirteen tips to help physicians’ practices generate maximum revenue and keep positive cash flow. The article, posted on IPS’ blog dedicated exclusively to healthcare information technology (HIT), aims to help practices focus on leveraging technology better through a more complete understanding of e-HR, Practice Management, HIPAA compliance, Patient Portal, Interoperability of systems, Data Mining and more.

To read the informational article on IPS Technology Services Healthcare IT blog, please visit http://healthcare-parttimecio.blogspot.com/.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:
1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting
3. Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development and Digital Marketing

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipsts.com.

IPS Technology Services Wins HIPAA Risk Analysis Consulting Contract for Optometry Practice

Troy– May 22, 2013 –IPS Technology Services was recently awarded a consulting project to perform a HIPAA risk analysis for a client. The client—an optometry practice with three doctors—has two locations in southeast Michigan. IPS will work with the office manager and the doctors to conduct a current situation analysis to make sure that the practice is not vulnerable to security threats. IPS will use its own tool and a structured approach to identify the Administrative, Physical, and Technical safeguards for the practice and assess the risk of a security breach. The practice will also receive a set of recommendations to tighten security gaps and become HIPAA compliant.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was enacted by Congress with two titles (or sections). The first title protects an individual’s access to healthcare and portability of coverage when there is a pre-existing condition. The second title—which is of utmost importance to the healthcare industry—protects identifiable patient healthcare information by implementing safeguards to prevent healthcare fraud, providing for medical liability reform and providing administrative simplification to allow for compliance to these requirements.
Under HIPAA, health care providers MUST provide adequate security protection for all patient electronic medical records (EMRs). Disseminating personal, identifiable healthcare information or failing to prevent the theft or use of such information can result in very hefty fines, paid to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Failure to comply with HIPAA regulations can cost a provider up to $1.5 million per calendar year in fines. In 2012, the most prevalent violation of HIPAA was the failure to protect private medical records from theft—an offense that the United States government treats as seriously as the willful dissemination of patient medical records.

Violations of HIPPA can affect large entities such as hospitals, health insurance companies and pharmacies as well as smaller entities like medical and dental practices. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services identifies these violations through randomized audits and audits triggered by non-compliance events. As more patient records are being transferred to electronic media, electronic security and privacy is becoming very important to protect patients and reduce fraud. If not done correctly, healthcare providers put themselves and their practices at risk of fines, lawsuits, and in some cases, jail time for the involved parties.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. CIO Services and Technology Consulting
3. Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development and Digital Marketing

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipsts.com.