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The Sunshine Act: Putting It into Practice – Interview with Karen Lovitch, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Karen Lovitch, Practice Leader of Mintz Levin's Health Law Practice, discusses the challenges facing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in complying with the Sunshine Act....more

Notification Threshold Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Increased to $70.9 million

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced higher reporting thresholds for pre-merger notifications filed on or after February 11, 2013. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced revised thresholds for...more

FTC Announces Increases to Thresholds for Pre-Merger Notification and Limitations on Interlocking Directorates

On Jan. 10, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission made its annual announcement of revisions to thresholds that determine whether companies must abide by the pre-merger filing and waiting period requirements set forth in the...more

How To Represent Prospective Franchisees And Franchisors

FRANCHISING PRIMER - I. INTRODUCTION - A. In General Franchising is a method of distribution that combines the advantages of a central specialized system with the capital and micro-management of local independent...more

China’s Antitrust Authority Imposes Fines on Foreign Corporations for the First Time

Recently China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) imposed an RMB 353 million (USD 56.7 million) penalty against an international price-fixing cartel of LCD manufacturers, the largest the NDRC has ever imposed...more

JFTC Releases Survey on Corporate Compliance Efforts and Recommends Best Practices

On November 28, 2012, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (“JFTC”) published the findings of its 2012 survey of corporate compliance practices based on (i) responses from approximately 879 companies listed on the Tokyo Stock...more

UK’s Top Antitrust Regulator Issues New Fines Guidance: Penalties to Better Reflect the Impact of Relevant Conduct

UK’s Top Antitrust Regulator Issues New Fines Guidance: Penalties to Better Reflect the Impact of Relevant Conduct On 10 September 2012, following extensive consultation and in the wake of a number of judgments...more

You’d Better Watch What You Say: The Fifth Amendment’s Role In Cross-Border Investigations

Originally published in InsideCounsel.com on July 11, 2012. The government increasingly has turned its focus abroad, to cross-border investigations and prosecutions, garnering major headlines in cases involving the Foreign...more

No Change in Course on ACA Federal Antifraud and Transparency Provisions

Healthcare companies should work to comply with current provisions and prepare for those that will be implemented in the near future. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Eye on Privacy - May 2012

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Eye on Privacy. Privacy and data security may very well be among the most pressing issues facing companies today, especially given the dynamic regulatory landscape. In just the past few...more

Essential Health Transaction Planning for Providers in Today’s Antitrust Enforcement Climate

Federal antitrust enforcement agencies continue to challenge transactions in the health industry that they view as anticompetitive. This newsletter provides an update on recent public comments by government officials...more

CMS Selects 27 ACOs

In another step toward implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), on April 10, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) selected 27 ACOs in 18 states to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings...more

FERC Reaffirms Merger Policy; Does Not Adopt DOJ/FTC 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines

Public utilities could face different levels of scrutiny in merger reviews before the U.S. Federal Energy Regulation Commission, and the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (the Antitrust...more

DOJ Finds Antitrust Violation in Joint Bid for Oil & Gas Leases

The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent action challenging a joint bidding arrangement for natural gas leases highlights the antitrust risks of joint bids.  This newsletter describes considerations parties...more

FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart Scott Rodino Notifications

The Federal Trade Commission has announced new notification thresholds for Premerger Notification Reports that must be filed under the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR). The notification thresholds are...more

Volume to Value: Strategies for Maximizing Your Margins

In this presentation; •Review the Changing Health Care Landscape •Cornerstones Of the New Emerging Payment Models •Case Studies of New Reimbursement and Delivery Models •Panel Discussion Please see...more

Why Was The Office Of Commissioner of Corporations Abolished?

California’s first Commissioner of Corporations, Herschel L. Carnahan, took office in 1914, the same year that the office of the Commissioner of Corporations ceased to exist. This seeming contradiction is explained by the...more

Health Law Alert: Final ACO Antitrust Enforcement Statement Won't Deter Procompetitive ACOs

When the idea of ACOs was floating around prior to enactment of the Affordable Care Act last March, some groups and commentators argued that antitrust enforcement was likely to deter their formation. Some commentators simply...more

No Mandatory Antitrust Review for ACOs

The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission recently issued their final "Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program"...more

China Cracks Down on Anti-Competitive Practices of Major State-Owned Enterprises

China’s antitrust authorities are investigating—and taking significant action for the first time against—state-owned enterprises, using the powers granted them under the 2008 Anti-Monopoly Law. A senior official of the...more

FTC/DOJ Remove Mandatory Antitrust Review for MSSP-Participating ACOs in Final Policy Statement

On October 20, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice issued a final policy statement on accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Significantly,...more

Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: CMS Announces Final Rule

On November 2, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued the final rule establishing Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“Final Rule”). This alert...more

Antitrust Enforcement Agencies Issue Final Guidance on ACOs - Part one in a series of client advisories focusing on the new ACO...

This is the first in our client advisory series on the recent regulatory activities concerning accountable care organizations ("ACOs"). The federal antitrust agencies issued the final statement of their antitrust enforcement...more

FTC/DOJ Final Policy on Accountable Care Organizations: Important Antitrust Issues Remain Uncertain for Healthcare Collaborations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) (together, the Agencies) issued their final "Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare...more

The ACO Final Rule Is Released Are You Ready

On October 20, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advance copy of the final rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). Additional governmental guidance was issued to address antitrust...more

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