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The Dingeman & Dancer Blog consists of articles written and edited by the attorneys and legal professionals at our firm, providing updates on both recent legal developments and established advice and guidance. Choose from the various topics listed in the sidebar menu to narrow in on a particular focus. We welcome and encourage comments from readers. 


HIPAA Megarule Enforcement Begins

While it has taken three years to craft and revise the HIPAA Megarule regulations, the final version of the rules is now officially enforceable. While small physician practices did not previously face a high risk of a HIPAA audit, that may change as there is an increased effort by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)-the arm of the Department of Health and Human Services in charge of audits-to use fines collected for HIPAA violations to fund further audits.

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Off-road vehicle drivers may need protection on Michigan roads

Off-Road Vehicle enthusiasts need to protect themselves if ORVs are allowed on Michigan roads.

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Victim of contaminated steroid injections speaks out

See: http://www.upnorthlive.com/weather/story.aspx?id=874502#.UUx5HDfW7-J

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HIPAA Mega Rule: Tips for Health Care Providers

Nearly three years after enacting many provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, Congress passed the HITECH omnibus final rule, or “Mega Rule,” that finalizes many interim HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules for covered entities such as healthcare providers and health plans.  

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What a Great Time to be a Registered Caregiver

In the case of State of Michigan vs. McQueen, the Supreme Court effectively shut the doors on medical marijuana dispensaries.  Although one Supreme Court Justice, Michael Cavanagh, applied the correct rules of statutory interpretation that were also consistent with the purpose of the MMMA, the majority of Justices chose to disregard Justice Cavanagh’s reasoning to conclude that the MMMA’s immunity provision for medical use (§ 4) contemplates that a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana only occur for the purpose of alleviating his or her own debilitating medical condition or symptoms, and not for another patient’s conditions or ...

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Sharing Marijuana, Seeds & Clones Between Registered Patients Is Legal - the catch is… wait for It… Without Compensation

In People v. Green, registered patient Troy Green was arrested for giving less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana to another registered patient.  The Court of Appeals said “Unlike the sale of medical marijuana, the delivery or transfer of marijuana, absent exchange of compensation, is specifically included in the MMMA’s definition of ‘medical use.’”

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“Uncommon Elements” of a Condominium Project

What happens when a condominium project is left in an incomplete stage of development? What effect does it have upon those who have already purchased a condominium? These questions have become far more common since the economic downturn.

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Frivolous Lawsuits? What about Frivolous Defenses?

For nearly two decades, there has been a concerted effort by many in corporate America (and particularly in the insurance and pharmaceutical industries), with the help of the political right, to convince the public that “frivolous lawsuits” filed by “trial lawyers” are a pandemic.  Those trumpeting this charge want the public to believe that the vast majority of personal injury lawsuits are “frivolous” and that these “frivolous lawsuits” are responsible for many of the woes that we face in this country, including high insurance rates, sky-rocketing medical costs, and a civil justice system that is out of control and ...

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