Ruder Ware

Hey Dentists: No Business Associate Agreement, No Problem

According to the U.S. Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), dental practices are not required to have a business associate agreement with their dental laboratory before sharing protected health information..…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy

Defining the Duty of the Board of Directors over Compliance Functions

I recently posted a blog article about a document released by the Department of Justice entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs.” As the title of the document might suggest, the DOJ release covers a variety of issues it…more
| Business Organizations, Health

Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Benefits Upon Discharge for Absenteeism – the Employer’s Policy May Be More Generous, But Not More Restrictive, Than the Statutory Default

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a decision in an unemployment insurance benefits case on March 8 that provides clarity where an employee is discharged for absenteeism. The case is Wisconsin Department of Workforce…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Excluded Party Cases Dominate OIG Published Self Disclosure Settlements

In 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General issued revised protocols outlining the process through which health care providers are able to self-disclose and resolve potential liability under the OIG’s civil monetary penalty…more
| Business Torts, Government Contracting, Health

Physician Practice Compliance Programs

In today’s environment of complex regulations, aggressive prosecution, exorbitant penalties, and hungry whistleblower attorneys, it is necessary for medical practices to maintain effective compliance programs. Failure to do so…more
| Health

2016 Bankruptcy Statistics for the Western District of Wisconsin: Overall Filings Decreased 5.5%, but Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcies Increased 31%

The 2016 bankruptcy statistics tell an interesting story.  While the total number of bankruptcy cases filed in 2016 in the Western District of Wisconsin (“WDW”) fell 5.5% to its lowest level in ten years, Chapter 12 farm…more
| Bankruptcy

Are You a Joint Employer? Watch Out for Potential Liability

Many businesses today use other entities to provide employees for their business operations. This type of structure is often viewed as a good way for a company to avoid many of the pitfalls of being an employer under state and…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Harassment Discrimination Covers the Waterfront

We have always been concerned about the extent to which employees or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) could claim they were suffering from harassment in the workplace. Recent guidance from the EEOC clarifies…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Faster Pace of Interest Rate Hikes

As we indicated on February 16, 2017 the Federal Reserve is looking at interest rate hikes for 2017. At a speech in Chicago today Chairwoman Janet Yellen said it is likely the Federal Reserve will increase the federal funds…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Ambulatory Surgery Center Physician Exclusions - Reducing Risk of Forced Redemption of ASC Investment Interests

Many surgery centers are eventually faced with decisions about how to treat investing physicians who do not perform as many procedures in the surgery center as others. Under performing physicians can create political issues in…more
| Health

Recent Changes to Medicare “Incident To” Billing Rules

Medicare permits a physician to bill for certain services furnished by a nurse practitioner or other auxiliary personnel under what is referred to as the "incident to" billing rules. The "incident to" rules permit services or…more
| Health

Setting Up Your Compliance Internal Reporting Mechanism

One of the primary elements in a Compliance Program is the creation of a system that permits employees and others to provide information regarding potential compliance issues without fear of retaliation. In larger…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Employee Absenteeism Due to Disability: What are Reasonable Accommodations?

One of the most troubling issues faced by human resource professionals is how to address an employee with a disability that impacts their ability to report for work. A good example is an employee who suffers from episodes of…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Autodialing and Pre-Recorded Messages: the TCPA’s Trap for Unwary Lenders and Debt Collectors

In February 2015, a federal judge approved a $75 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class settlement involving Capital One and three debt collectors.[1] The plaintiffs (debtors) alleged that Capital One and debt…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy

Chiropractic Service Overpayment for Lack of Medical Necessity

Recent OIG Release Emphasizes Need for Compliance Policies Specific to Provider Risks The Office of Inspector General recently published results of its audit of Medicare claims for chiropractic services made by a chiropractic…more
| Government Contracting, Health
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