Meet our Team: Lori-Ann Rickard

Lori-Ann Rickard, Rickard and Associates,“We combine real-world business acumen with the latest in legal expertise to provide timely and relevant counsel to help businesses address their challenges.” — Lori-Ann Rickard (586) 498-0600info@larlegal.comLori-Ann Rickard founded Rickard & Associates in 2000 after years as an associate and partner in private practice at a large Detroit corporate law firm, and eight years serving in-house as corporate counsel for the St. John Health System, a member of the largest Catholic Health system in the country, Ascension Health System.

Honored with the distinctions “Best Lawyers in Michigan” by the Best Lawyers publication and the “Top Lawyers in Metro-Detroit” by DBusiness magazine, Ms. Rickard is an accomplished litigator and experienced corporate attorney, and a recognized leader in the ever-changing field of healthcare law.  With clients ranging from national healthcare systems, ambulance companies and medical vendors to all types of physicians, Ms. Rickard combines cutting–edge legal knowledge with the desire to help clients reach intelligent, practical legal solutions that meet their unique needs.

Ms. Rickard is a nationally known public speaker and continues to lecture for St. John Health System, Beaumont Health System, Quincy Medical Group, Oakwood Health System, Michigan Peer Review Organization, National Congress on Healthcare Compliance, Health Care Compliance Association, the American Ambulance Association, Michigan Association of Ambulance Services, and the Michigan EMS Expo, among others.

Ms. Rickard has published several books and authored or co-authored numerous articles on healthcare matters. She is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association, State Bar of Michigan Health Law Section, American Bar Association, National Academy of Ambulance Coding, and the American Academy of Professional Coders. She is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Ambulance Coder (CAC) and has also been certified by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Probate and Estate Planning.

Ms. Rickard received her Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University in 1983 and her Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University in 1986, where she was a member of Wayne Law Review. Ms. Rickard is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, The Florida Bar and admitted to practice in several federal courts.  Ms. Rickard was an assistant teacher of Civil Trial Advocacy at Wayne State Law School.

Presentations Include:

  • “Is the Sky Falling? Name, SSN, DOB, Address all on the web@XYZMedicalPractice – Is your practice prepared?”
  • “Cashing in on Technology and How it Impacts your Practice”
  • “The Dark Side of the EMR and How to Live with it”
  • “Hot Topics in EMS Today”
  • “Running a Medical Practice 101”
  • “Riding Along with HIPAA”
  • “Disaster Planning for Physicians”
  • “Medicare Appeals and Compliance Update”
  • “Planning the Plan: EMS Agencies Roles in the Disaster Planning Community”
  • “Cultivating Your People”
  • “Compliance: Maintaining Effectiveness & Joint Ventures”
  • “HIPAA Security, The Final Frontier – Maybe?”
  • “HIPAA, The ‘Doc Fix’ and Its Legal Ramifications”
  • “Moving Forward with HIPAA, What’s New, What’s Next?”
  • “Solutions to HIPAA Implementation”
  • “Employment Strategies for Physician Offices: What Every Employer Should Know”
  • “ABC’s of CPT- How to Determine if a Problem Exists”
  • “Compliance: Do the Right Thing, It’s Good for Business”
  • “Compliance Effectiveness: How Buy-In Generates Effectiveness (Keep Your Wealth)”
  • “Healthcare Fraud: The Crime of the Millennium”
  • “Health Tech and The Law: Oppurtunistic or Risky?”
  • “Risk Assessment”
  • “Physician Compliance Training”
  • “Compliance: Back to Basics”

Publications Include:

  • “Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments”, 2015
  • “Choose Your Health Insurance”, 2015
  • “Your Hospital Stay”, 2014
  • “Obamacare”, 2014
  • “Choosing An Assisted Living Facility”, 2014
  • “Healthcare Privacy”, 2014
  • “Before You Get Sick”, 2014
  • “HIPAA: Breach Notification Rule under HITECH – The Final Rule”, Health Care Weekly Review, 2013
  • “Prior Determinations: How Helpful Will They Be?”, The Health Lawyer, 2008
  • “Sicko’s Misdiagnosis Leads to Wrong Prescription”, Crain’s Detroit Business, 2007
  • “Unresolved Issues in Disaster Planning for Hospital Clients”, The Health Lawyer, 2007
  • “Deficit Reduction Act Expected to Ring in the New Year with Increased Qui Tam Activity”, Andrews Health Care Fraud Litigation Reporter, 2006
  • “Recent Developments in Regulation of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices”, The Health Lawyer, 2006
  • “Avoiding Impropriety in Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices”, Health Care Compliance Association, 2006
  • “Changes in the Medicare Appeals Process”, Health Care Weekly Review, 2006
  • “Balancing Compliance With Necessity in the Wake of Bioterrorism Incident”, Health Care Compliance Association, 2006
  • “Disaster Planning: Balancing Compliance With Necessity”, Healthcare Weekly, 2005
  • “Bioterrorism: Healthcare Preparation and Response”, Healthcare Weekly, 2005
  • “HIPAA, Are We Done Yet?”, Healthcare Weekly, 2004
  • “Physician Compliance Plans: A Guide to Implementing a Compliance Plan in Your Office”, 2003
  • “ABC’s of Coding and Auditing”, 2002
  • “Get Hip with HIPAA Workbook”, 2002-2003
  • “How Buy-In Generates Effectiveness from Physicians,” Journal of Healthcare Compliance, 2001
  • “Physician Buy-In: Strategies for Persuading Physicians to Care About Compliance”, Journal of Healthcare Compliance, 2001
  • “Keeping Good Lawyers: Best Practices to Create Career Satisfaction”, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section, May 2000

Interviews Include:

  • Six Figure Nurse
    • “How to Start Up a Healthcare Business”, 2013
  • IvyRehab
    • “Obamacare 101 with Lori-Ann Rickard”, 2013
    • “How Law and Order for Healthcare Has Changed in the Last Ten Years”, 2013
  • RT Image
    • “Staffing: The Dotted Line vs. The Bottom Line”, 2009
    • “Is Your EMR Legal?”, 2008
    • “Recoup d’état: Fighting Recoupment Efforts”, 2005
    • “Bully Case Verdict a Warning for Doctors”, 2005
  • NPR Day to Day
    • “Bike Paramedics Cycle to Emergencies”, 2006
  • The Daily Oakland Press
    • “Where Were You When The Lights Went Out”, 2006
  • Healthcare Risk Management
    • “Be Voice of Reason When Sending Help”, 2005;
    • “Update your Email Policy Now to Keep Up with Usage”, 2005
  • McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Associates
    • “Wound Care Feature: Prevent Defense”, 2005
  • Abilene Reporter News
    • “Don’t Let That Hospital Bill Be a Headache”, 2005
    • “Nyah, What’s Up Doc?”, 2005