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Into the Ether: EEA Another Showing of Support for Distributed Ledger Technology

by Morgan Lewis on

On February 28, a consortium of 30 companies announced the formation of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a nonprofit foundation designed to “build, promote, and broadly support Ethereum-based technology best practices,...more

SEC Cracks Down on Charitable Contributions under the FCPA - Best Practices In Light of Recent SEC Enforcement

by King & Spalding on

For the first time, the Securities and Exchange Commission has brought an FCPA enforcement action premised entirely on a one-time charitable contribution. On September 20, 2016, the SEC announced a settled FCPA...more

[Event] Nonprofits in the Digital Age - October 18th, Seattle, WA

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Please join us for a complimentary seminar focused on the critical legal issues facing nonprofits as they increasingly engage supporters, raise funds, and create change online and through digital technology....more

Drug Companies and Charitable Patient Foundations

by Michael Volkov on

Charitable organizations can easily become enmeshed in Justice Department enforcement issues. We have seen charities used in FCPA cases as a means to funnel bribes to government officials, spouses or family members....more

OpenStreetMap Publishes Collective Database Guidelines (Examples Included)

by Williams Mullen on

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world based upon data contributed by volunteers from around the globe. It is operated by the OpenStreetMap Foundation on behalf of the volunteer community. OpenStreetMap and the data are...more

Managing Cybersecurity Risk for Nonprofit Organizations: A Fiduciary Duty?

We live in an era of increasingly prevalent cybercrime, and nonprofits are in the crosshairs.  Harvard University, Penn State University and two BlueCross BlueShield entities are just a few nonprofit organizations that...more

Are You Adequately Protected by Your Cybersecurity Insurance? The Sky is the Sub-Limit

For businesses and nonprofit organizations searching for cyber insurance, it is important to know if your coverage limits are adequate. Whether you are in the market for a new policy or renewing an existing one, you should...more

Charity's Patient Assistance Program Passes OIG Muster in Advisory Opinion 15-17

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On December 28, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued OIG Advisory Opinion 15-17, approving a charity’s proposal to unveil a new patient assistance program dedicated to...more

OIG Tightens Requirements of Prior Favorable Advisory Opinion on Charity Patient Assistance Program for Cancer Drugs

by King & Spalding on

On December 7, 2015, OIG posted a modification adding additional strictures to a prior favorable Advisory Opinion (No. 07-11) regarding a charity’s operation of a patient assistance program (PAP) to provide financial...more

The IRS’ Proposed Regulations to Provide a Substitute to the “Contemporaneous Written Acknowledgment” Requirement: A Data Security...

by M. Robinson & Company, P.C. on

If you are a donor who makes a charitable gift of $250 or more, you need to obtain a “contemporaneous written acknowledgment” (CWA) letter from the recipient charitable organization to substantiate your donation and take the...more

OIG Authorizes Arrangement to Pay for MRI Services

by King & Spalding on

On November 20, 2015, OIG issued a favorable advisory opinion, Advisory Opinion No. 15-14, regarding a charitable organization’s arrangement to pay for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services for patients afflicted with a...more

Cybersecurity & Nonprofits: A Matter of Time?

The ever increasing cyber-attacks and data breaches targeting the private sector and government agencies, and the increased focus on cybersecurity plans and preparedness, may seem like remote risks for nonprofit...more

OIG Approves Charitable Organization's Patient Assistance Program

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving a charitable organization’s proposal to provide financial assistance to individuals with...more

Perspectives: Trends and Topics in Not-For-Profit Management - May 2015

by Benesch on

In this Issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - IP and IT Procurement for Not-for-Profit Organizations - Starting Off Right: Recruiting, Training and Retaining Fundraising Staff - Guidance Released...more

BIO Commissioned Study Calculates Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the U.S.

Last month, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced the release of a BIO commissioned study that estimates the economic impact of academic licensing between 1996 and 2013. The study, entitled "The Economic...more

Senate Bill Provides Path for Universities to Claim Micro-Entity Status

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The America Invents Act (AIA) provided the ability for certain patent applicants to pay significantly reduced government fees that are 75 percent less than the standard fees, if they qualify as “micro entities.” The AIA also...more

French Supreme Court Specifies Requirements for Health Care Companies Under the Sunshine Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Law no. 2011-2012 of 29 December 2011, also known as the French Sunshine Act, introduced into French law disclosure obligations imposed on health care companies (HCC). The French Medical Board and a nonprofit organisation...more

Malware Incident at Mental Health Nonprofit Leads to $150K Settlement with OCR

by BakerHostetler on

As cyberattacks targeting the healthcare industry continue to escalate, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published its first-ever resolution agreement stemming from an...more

HIPAA Settlement Continues to Emphasize the Importance of Security Policies and Procedures

A recently announced settlement between Anchorage Community Mental Health (“ACMHS”) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) emphasizes, once again, the importance of compliance with...more

So, You Want to Share Your Technical Cyber Threat Information with Your Neighbors?

by BakerHostetler on

Echoing guidance previously given to a nonprofit organization looking to exchange certain cybersecurity information, including exchanging actual real-time cyber threat and attack information, and others planning to exchange...more

Perspectives - January 2014

by Benesch on

In This Issue: - Considerations in the Cloud: Managing the Risks - United States V. Sperry: A Revived Threat to Owners, Directors, Managers and Directors of Distressed Organizations - Board Membership &...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - January 2014, Issue 1

by Polsinelli on

In This Issue: - Top News ..Congress Approves Budget Deal with Short-Term ‘Doc Fix' ..CMS “Two-Midnight” Rule delayed until March 31, 2014 ..Individuals with Canceled Insurance Policies May Apply for...more

For the Common Good

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For-profits and nonprofits in life sciences team up - Nonprofit groups are actively supporting research to solve tough medical challenges. Life sciences and pharma companies are eager to accelerate product development....more

Financing Trends in Life Sciences – Interview with Bill Whelan, Member, Mintz Levin

by Mintz Levin on

Attorney Bill Whelan, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Life Sciences Practice, discusses what is driving financing trends in the life sciences....more

Electronic Health Records Donations: Proposed CMS And OIG Rules Revise Stark Exception And Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor

by Nossaman LLP on

On April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (‘‘CMS'') and the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘OIG'') published twin proposed rules that amend and extend...more

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