Given the increased attention to health information technology (HIT) and the unprecedented commitment of federal resources towards expansion of the meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology, more than ever physicians are acquiring and upgrading HIT. Therefore, a thorough legal review of HIT/EHR vendor contracts is more prudent than ever. In response to physicians' growing need for legal representation in the contracting process, the Michigan State Medical Society has arranged to provide legal services to its member physicians.
Who is Eligible
The HIT/EHR Vendor Contract Review is available to all Michigan State Medical Society members who seek the benefit of a thorough legal review of either a new HIT/EHR contract or in connection with the renewal of an existing contract. Physicians will receive legal services directly from Kerr Russell, legal counsel to the Michigan State Medical Society.
Review Service Attorney
Kerr Russell is a full service law firm. The attorneys in its health care practice group collectively have over 50 years experience reviewing contracts, compensation arrangements and other physician agreements in addition to advising physicians in all other legal matters arising from the operational and business aspects of their medical practices. This experience necessarily includes information technology and intellectual property matters. Kerr Russell is uniquely qualified to provide physicians with an expert legal review of HIT/EHR vendor contracts. The firm makes every effort to provide services in a timely and cost effective manner.
Review Services Available
This fixed fee does not include reimbursable expenses, if any. All services would be provided pursuant to a written engagement letter requiring that the fixed fee be paid at the time of the contract review.
Contact MSMS or Kerr Russell, for the current fee schedule.
All requests for services are subject to acceptance by Kerr Russell. All services would be provided pursuant to a written engagement letter confirming and
requiring pre-payment of the applicable fixed fee(s).
Additional Legal and Consultation Services
Services requested in addition to those mentioned above will be provided on an hourly rate basis per the terms and conditions contained in the engagement letter. These may include communications and negotiations with the HIT/EHR vendor, attendance at meetings, producing a revised draft of the contract, and other services.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I really need to read the fine print?
- What contract terms need to be specified?
- How do I make sure my practice receives the promised training and support?
- Does my vendor's software have the necessary certification to meet meaningful use standards?
- How do I ensure that I don't get hit with extra fees?
- Can I terminate my contract if my vendor doesn't deliver the contracted functions?
- How do I know that my vendor is HIPAA compliant?
How to Enroll
The provision of legal and consulting services will be managed directly by Kerr Russell. The Michigan State Medical Society has no responsibility for the provision of the legal and consultation services offered under the program. However, physician satisfaction will be continuously monitored by the Michigan State Medical Society. To obtain services, please complete the form below: