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CMS Finalizes Stark Law Amendments

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule with comment period in the Federal Register at 80 Fed. Reg. 70,886, which includes a final…more
| Health

FDA Seeks Input on Uses of “Natural” in Food and Beverage Labeling

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) invited public comments on uses of the term “natural” in food and beverage labeling and whether “natural” should apply only to “unprocessed” foods. The FDA’s…more
| Agriculture, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

CMS Finalizes Mandatory Bundled Payment Model for Lower Extremity Joint Replacements

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final regulations implementing the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, its five-year mandatory bundled payment program for hip and…more
| Health

OIG’s 2016 Work Plan: Mixed Results for 2015 and New Data Mining and Policy Efforts in 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) annual release of a new Work Plan both summarizes the results achieved last year and highlights new areas for examination in the next. This…more
| Health

Taxpayers Stand to Lose Under Chicago’s Lease Tax VDA Offer

Yesterday, the City of Chicago (City) Department of Finance (Department) published an Information Bulletin that provides additional guidance on the Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (Lease Tax) and extends a new Voluntary…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Illinois Proposed Regulations Governing Apportionment of Income for Transportation Companies Moving Forward

On November 17, the Illinois Joint Committee on Administration Rules approved a proposed regulation promulgated by the Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) implementing statutory changes to the apportionment formula for…more
| Taxation, Transportation

Gesetzentwurf sieht Höchstüberlassungsdauer von 18 Monaten für Leiharbeitnehmer vor

Der Gesetzesentwurf, der heute der deutschen Presseagentur präsentiert wurde, ist noch nicht veröffentlicht. Nach übereinstimmenden Pressemeldungen sieht der Entwurf von Bundessozialministerin Andrea Nahles vor, dass für…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Final Rules Encourage Providers to Engage Patients in their Health Care

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

HHS Office of Inspector General Calls for Increased Oversight and Enforcement of HIPAA

On September 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of Evaluation and Inspections, released two studies calling on the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Safe Harbor Not Binding! European Court of Justice Bares Its Teeth

In its decision on October 6, 2015 (file-no. C-362/14), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that the commonly used Safe Harbor Principles, which were previously deemed to be a safe way to legally transfer data to the…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Paying The Penalty? Supreme Court Clarifies Rule Against “Penalty Clauses”

Last week, the Supreme Court of England and Wales issued a judgment that gives some welcome clarification about when a contractual provision may be deemed an unenforceable “penalty clause”. This should help employers draft their…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

FTC Comments Discourage Legislation Purporting to Grant Antitrust Immunity for Health Care Providers

In late September, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted comments to the Virginia and Tennessee Departments of Health regarding each state’s proposed rules concerning hospital cooperation agreements. These proposed rules…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Health, Mergers & Acquisitions

CMS Finalizes Controversial Changes to "2-Midnight Rule" for Inpatient Stays

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule updating the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for Calendar…more
| Health

EEOC to Clarify and Expand Wellness Program Incentives Related to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

On October, 30, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend regulations implementing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), as they relate…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

LegalZoom and the North Carolina Bar Settle Antitrust Dispute

In the latest development from a number of antitrust lawsuits filed against state regulatory boards, Inc. signed a consent agreement with the North Carolina State Bar (State Bar) to settle a $10.5 million lawsuit. …more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure
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