Daily Briefs (March 26)

Fla. woman gets prison for Medicare fraud

DETROIT (AP) — A Florida woman who fleeced Medicare for millions of dollars at sham clinics in the Detroit area has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen said Thursday the case is an example of the national debate over how to control costs in the health care system.

Daisy Martinez, a resident of the Miami area, admitted that her three clinics billed the government for drug treatments that weren’t necessary or never performed. Medicare paid $10.7 million over a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007.

Martinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy last year. She admits paying people to come to clinics so she and others could get their Medicare numbers for billing purposes. Her daughter, Denisse, will be sentenced in April for a similar crime.

Wolverine Bar hosts Appellate Practice Forum April 13

The Wolverine Bar Association will host  its re-scheduled Appellate Practice Forum on Tuesday, April 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm, at  Bodman LLP located at 5th Floor of Ford Field. The forum is co-sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section. Featured Speakers include Hon. Kurt Wilder of the Michigan Court of Appeals, Hon. Elizabeth Gleicher of the Michigan Court of Appeals, Jerome Watson of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC and Mary Massaron Ross of Plunkett Cooney.  These esteemed panelists will make an informative presentation about appellate practice and address topics such as: procedural formalities, effective brief-writing and oral advocacy techniques. The audience members will also have an opportunity to ask questions. For more information, contact Ronda Tate at rtate@lewismunday.com.

Seminar takes a look at pitfalls, benefits of social networking

Dickinson Wright PLLC attorneys David J. Houston and Tiffany A. Buckley-Norwood, in conjunction with the firm’s marketing department, will present a seminar on social networking and its benefits and pitfalls to employers on Friday, April 16, at Automation Alley in Troy. The seminar begins at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration, and concludes at 11 a.m.

Social networking has proven to be a compelling attraction to employees, and offers benefits —and risks—to those workers and their employers. Most employers, however, do not have a formal policy in place to guide and address the use of social networking sites by employees. Employers who would access social networking sites for seemingly legitimate purposes such as pre-employment selection or employee discipline may be subjecting themselves to unanticipated claims or liability. Attendees of this seminar will hear an overview of the legal implications surrounding social networking policies and information, and will learn about brand management and practical considerations that must be taken into account while drafting social media policies. 

Houston is a member in Dickinson Wright’s Lansing office. He is experienced in all aspects of employment and labor relations law, and represents employers before federal and state trial courts, appellate courts and agencies.

Buckley-Norwood is an associate in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office.  She counsels and defends employers in various employment issues, and reviews and advises employers on employee handbooks and personnel policies. For additional information or to register for the seminar, go to www.dickinsonwright.com.