How Do I Get Out of My Non-Compete?

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How Do I Get Out of My Non-Compete?

In healthcare, there has been a large expansion in non-compete clauses. Many of our clients would like to find a way out of their non-compete clause when looking to leave their current employment.

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The first way to avoid breaching a non-compete clause is to have your attorney negotiate a contract without a non-compete clause before beginning your employment.

Sometimes, non-compete clauses are unavoidable. So what can you do in that

Physician Contracting 101 – Rickard & Associates

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Physician Contracting 101 – Rickard & Associates

Physician contracts are often complicated and have unique terms. We help our clients understand the terms and negotiate their contracts.

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Many of our clients are physicians who are negotiating or renegotiating their employment contracts with their employers. Sometimes these are with health systems, hospitals, or small physician offices.

We also have clients come to us with issues after they negotiated their own contracts.

Physician contracts are unique, as they have

Is Your Compliance Plan Protecting You?

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Is Your Compliance Plan Protecting You?

Healthcare compliance plans are essential to ensure your practice is following the law. Your compliance plan can keep your practice out of trouble.

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A recent enforcement action highlights the need for an effective and updated compliance plan.

A physician in Arkansas has been sentenced to 102 months of prison time and to pay over $4.63 million in restitution. Following release from prison, he will have three (3) years of supervised

Healthcare Encryption Exceptions?  – Rickard & Associates

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Healthcare Encryption Exceptions? – Rickard & Associates

We know that all emails and text messages that contain protected health information (PHI) should be encrypted.

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Are there any exceptions to the encryption rule?

Just one.

Patients can communicate with covered entities using unencrypted email and text messages, if the patients have been informed of the increased risk.

Patients can opt to have reminders sent via text messages or emails.

One issue that many healthcare providers have regarding encryption,

Rolex stuns with ’emoji’ watch debut [Video]

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Rolex stuns with ’emoji’ watch debut [Video]

With a special model released today, Rolex is taking another step into the “hype watch” space — whether traditionalists like it or not.

Among a slew of other watches revealed today at the Watches and Wonders trade show (including a “celebration” oyster perpetual that watch fans abuzz) were three new Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 models that Rolex has called “time stamped with emotion.”

Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36

Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36

The three watches, made from yellow, white or “Everose” gold, feature a quirky jigsaw puzzle enamel face — with two very surprising complications. Instead of the day showing in the window by 12

Do I Need an Emergency List?

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Do I Need an Emergency List?

We frequently have questions related to the practical and financial panic after a death in the family when accounts, passwords, and assets are unknown. Sometimes, a family knows an estate plan was done but they cannot find the plan and don’t even know the law firm that drafted the plan. An emergency list can help to avoid these issues.

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We often see people lose their spouse, and have no idea

What Happens When You Don’t Fund Your Trust?

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What Happens When You Don’t Fund Your Trust?

After you work with your estate planning attorney to draft a carefully tailored estate plan, it is usually your responsibility to “fund” the trust.

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What does funding the trust mean?

Funding the trust is simply transferring assets into your trust.

If you have a trust, you will want to put your assets into the trust, by retitling bank accounts, re-designating beneficiaries of life insurance, etc. We walk our clients through

Are You Prepared for Russian Ransomware?

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Are You Prepared for Russian Ransomware?

Recently, a health network in Pennsylvania was hacked by a Russian ransomware gang called BlackCat.

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BlackCat attacked a physician practice in Pennsylvania, but did not disrupt healthcare operations.

A ransomware payment was demanded, but refused by the healthcare system.

Sensitive information was accessed and the health system revealed the attack itself.

Is your practice prepared for a potential attack?

Does your staff know how to respond to a demand for