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Legal & Regulatory Issues

Muller, Lynn S. RN, BA-HCM, CCM, JD; Fink-Samnick, Ellen MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP

doi: 10.1097/NCM.0b013e3182769ca6
Departments: Legal & Regulatory Issues

Lynn S. Muller, RN, BA-HCM, CCM, JD, is a nurse attorney and managing partner of Muller & Muller. She is an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Saint Peter's University of New Jersey. Lynn is a certified case manager with extensive nursing and case management experience. Her practice includes defense of health care professionals before the state licensing boards, consultant on such issues as regulatory compliance and accreditation, Wills, Trusts and Estates and Family law. Lynn is the author of numerous articles and the legal chapters of the third edition of Case Management: A Practical Guide for Education and Practice and the second edition of the CMSA Core Curriculum for Case Management. She is as a former commissioner for CCMC, a past president of the NJ Chapter of CMSA and a former public defender, municipal court judge, and councilwoman.

Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP, principal of EFS Supervision Strategies, LLC, is a health care industry expert on professional ethics. She serves as adjunct faculty for George Mason University's College of Health & Human Services, trainer for the National Association of Social Workers, director of social work education for Athena Forums, moderator for Ellen's Ethical Lens©. Ellen is a past commissioner & chair of the Ethics & Professional Conduct Committee for the Commission for Case Manager Certification and has also served an exam-writer for the Association of Social Work Boards. She is a certified case manager, licensed clinical social worker, and certified rehabilitation provider.

Address correspondence to Lynn S. Muller, RN, BA-HCM, CCM, JD, Esg., Muller & Muller, 15 West Main Street, Suite C, P.O. Box 164, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 (

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