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OpenStreetMap Publishes Collective Database Guidelines (Examples Included)

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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  [Video]

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

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

Data Privacy and Security Issues for the Nonprofit

Can your organization answer “yes” to any of the following questions? Does your organization have personal information (credit card numbers, checks, other financial information) from donors?...more

HEALTH REFORM: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Begins Process to Fund Clinical Effectiveness Research Grants

On May 22, 2012, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute ("PCORI a private nonprofit entity established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, announced that it will be seeking applications to...more

In-License Agreements With Nonprofits: 5 Considerations

Originally publish in Law360, New York (May 15, 2012, 1:01 PM ET) Many of the most successful and profitable technologies being developed and commercialized by technology-based companies, particularly in the areas of...more

DMCA Safe Harbors De-Coded: 17 U.S.C. Section 512 Re-Organized in More Logical Order

Organizationally speaking, the Safe Harbors part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 512, doesn’t make much sense. Provisions governing related matters are often scattered through the section, and...more

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