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The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as Special Access) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted - The FCC is expected to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that will rewrite the rules that protect local governments, public agencies and...more

NC Politics in the News

TRIANGLE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Forbes: North Carolina No. 2 best state for business, careers - North Carolina rises on Forbes’ list of best states for business and careers this year, with the state taking over the No. 2...more

Uncovering the mysteries behind GME payments for Medicare Advantage patients: Carve-outs and shadow bills

Medicare makes graduate medical education (GME) payments to teaching hospitals to pay Medicare's share of the teaching and patient care costs associated with Medicare Advantage (MA) patients. Under the Balanced Budget Act...more

Medicare GME payments and hospital mergers: A hotbed of issues

Many hospital sale and affiliation transactions involve teaching hospitals. Whether the teaching hospital involved is new to training residents or is part of a long-established teaching program, the parties will need to work...more

NC Politics in the News

CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Incentives cap for N.C. urban areas removed from compromise bill - A compromise N.C. incentives bill exempts the state's urban areas from a cap on the value of incentives offered each year to...more

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Funding Bills with Riders Targeting DOL, NLRB Initiatives

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced bills this week to fund various federal agencies for FY 2016. Each chamber approved versions of spending measures that include riders prohibiting funding for a...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Duke Hit with Antitrust Suit for Non-Poaching Agreement with UNC

Universities and medical institutions in close geographic proximity may have faced the same issues as Duke and UNC when their faculties started departing for richer positions at the other’s campuses. With ever-increasing...more

News from Second & State

You could hear a pin drop in the halls of the state capitol building this week, with neither chamber in for voting session. However, that doesn’t mean members weren’t busy. Education was a hot topic early this week; the Basic...more

Commercial Organics Ban Takes Effect

The Commercial Organics Ban, which took effect on October 1, 2014, is the latest effort by MassDEP to achieve the state’s solid waste management goal of reducing waste disposal by 30% by 2020. MassDEP estimates that organics...more

Court of Appeals Issues Decision Regarding Vesting of School District Retiree Health Insurance Benefits

On December 12, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision in Kolbe v. Tibbetts, in which the Court addressed whether the Newfane Central School District could unilaterally alter the health insurance benefits of...more

Employment Law Blog: Regzilla Stomps Another One! - Idaho State University and the Compliance Gap Analysis

Presumably at this point HIPAA, HITECH and the Omnibus Regulation have been published, digested and everyone is in full compliance with the requirements that have been set forth....more

Large Educational/Health System Targeted For HIPAA Enforcement

Idaho State University (ISU) was recently the target of an investigation and enforcement action for violations of the privacy and security rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 12: Gun Bills, Budgets and Medicaid

Last week, legislators turned their attention to the weightiest and most controversial issues, including debate and passage of several gun bills. Now, with only three legislative days remaining, both budgets will take...more

The Sunshine Physician Payment Final Rule Overview and Analysis

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited Final Rule (Rule) to implement the “Sunshine” provisions of the Affordable...more

Here Comes the Sun: Final Rules Implementing the Federal Sunshine Law

On February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited final rule implementing the Federal Sunshine Law (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7h). (The rule was subsequently published in the Federal...more

CMS Publishes Final Sunshine Act Rule; Data Collection to Begin on August 1, 2013

The long-awaited final rule (the Final Rule) implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) has arrived at the Federal Register. It amends key definitions and adds new terms; retains broad reporting...more

Payment Matters: CMS's Non-Hospital Training Rules Again Upheld

In the recently decided case University Med. Ctr., Inc. v. Sebelius [PDF], the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld CMS policies regarding nonhospital training agreements as those policies were applied in...more

New 2012 Illinois Laws Affecting Working Men and Women

The Illinois State Legislature was busy this past year and there are 200 new laws going on the books for 2012. The summary of the new laws going into effect for 2012 which affect working men and women are summarized below. If...more

Payment Matters: Reminder: CMS Now Permits Electronic Submission of Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) Affiliation...

As all teaching hospitals are aware, Medicare permits hospitals to share Medicare resident FTE cap slots through the use of Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) affiliation agreements. Historically, CMS has required that...more

UMich First to Reject Drug Companies' Funding for Continuing Medical Education

In January , the University of Michigan Medical School will implement a new policy eliminating industry funding for continuing medical education courses which the university provides. The school’s dean said faculty “wanted...more

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