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Avoiding Claims of Illegal Termination of At-Will Employees

Most employment is at-will, meaning the employer generally has the right to discharge an employee at any time for any reason or for no reason at all. However, a termination or other job action cannot violate protections against unlawful discrimination or retaliation. Federal laws prohibit employment actions based on an individual’s sex, religion, age, race, Read More

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Kyle M. Winslow named partner at Hemmer DeFrank Wessels

Hemmer DeFrank Wessels PLLC is pleased to announce Kyle M. Winslow has been elected to partnership effective January 1, 2020. A member of the firm’s litigation practice group, Kyle concentrates his practice on representing individuals and businesses in complex business disputes, business divorce, and plaintiffs’ defamation matters. Outside of the firm, Kyle was appointed in Read More

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Steps To Help Shield Your Company from Online Doxing

An aggravated consumer, industry rival, former employee or another person who is upset with your company may try to exact revenge by use of “doxing” — the practice of gathering a person or entity’s personal information and publishing it online. This may include sensitive information about the finances, health, residence, political affiliation, family and private Read More

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Fidelis Center

Dear Friend of Nicholas Sandmann: I wanted to let you know that the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy has agreed to raise money to help Nicholas and his family cover the costs associated with bringing lawsuits against the mainstream media outlets such as the Washington Post, CNN, and NBC Universal.  These costs include hiring Read More

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Records Management Steps for Doctors Closing Their Practice

Written By: Janie Ratliff-Sweeney The time has come to close a chapter and move on from your medical practice. But closing down a physician’s office doesn’t just involve business concerns like notifying personnel or selling equipment. Doctors must also worry about the fate of their patient records. If you are a Kentucky doctor closing your Read More

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How Doctors and Hospitals Can Combat Medicare and Medicaid Fraud 

Counterintuitive as it seems, it is possible to commit fraud without actual intent. If you and your staff lack careful billing and oversight processes, you could come under investigation for Medicare/Medicaid fraud. If you bill for 30 patients on a given day but you actually only saw 20, the 10 phantom patient billings are patently Read More

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Kentucky Ruling Highlights Importance of HIPAA Employee Training

Written By: Janie Ratliff-Sweeney Even with the best standards and practices in place, hospitals, doctors’ offices and other medical institutions are only as good at patient health data privacy as the employees who handle the data on a daily basis. Employee mistakes put medical organizations at legal risk if data is improperly disclosed. In a Read More

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Kentucky Doctor Ordered Jailed, Suspended for Implanting Unnecessary Pacemakers 

Written By: Janie Ratliff-Sweeney When you hear of Medicare fraud, you may think of billings for patients who never showed or for procedures that were never performed. What might not come to mind is a doctor performing unneeded invasive procedures or surgeries on patients to increase claims to Medicaid and Medicare billing. But that’s exactly Read More

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The Harm He Can’t Escape: Nicholas Sandmann and the Internet that Doesn’t Forget.

By L. Lin Wood & Todd McMurtry The next time you land an interview with a prospective employer, apply to college, or use an online dating service, be certain that your online presence is free of false and defamatory accusations. Indeed, 70% of employers use social media to screen a candidate’s personality before hiring,[1] 68% Read More

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Check and Double-Check: Avoiding Conflicts of Interest Malpractice Claims

Just uttering the word conflict is enough to make anyone nervous—but not attorneys, right? When their own interests may collide with that of a client’s, however, it’s a different story. Jobs and reputations could be at stake. In fact, “conflict of interest” (including perceived conflict) was the most-cited legal malpractice claim of 2018. Good lawyers Read More

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