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Fee-Shifting Corporate Bylaws: What's the Law in Maryland?

In May 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held that a non-stock corporation could enact bylaws that could force a shareholder to pay the corporation’s legal fees, costs, and expenses if the shareholder sues the corporation and…more

Bylaws, Fee-Shifting, Fee-Shifting Statutes, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Lessors in Canada

The equipment finance industry breathed a sigh of relief when Federal legislation was enacted in 2005 preempting state laws imposing vicarious liability on lessors of motor vehicles. That relief may have been premature if the…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, Canada, Cars, Leases

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WHITE PAPER: .bank is here!

A white paper from OBER/KALER describing what you need to know about .bank - Sunrise is on the horizon for .bank. A new Internet land rush begins mid-2015 for websites bearing the extension .bank, the financial world’s…more

.bank, gTLD, ICANN, Online Banking, Trademarks

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WHITE PAPER: .bank is here!

A white paper from OBER/KALER describing what you need to know about .bank - Sunrise is on the horizon for .bank. A new Internet land rush begins mid-2015 for websites bearing the extension .bank, the financial world’s…more

.bank, gTLD, ICANN, Online Banking, Trademarks

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Does the 72-Hour Rule Allow a Contractor in Maryland to Fix a Mistake in its MBE Participation Schedule After Bid Opening?

A recent Maryland Board of Public Works meeting addressed whether the state has flexibility in applying minority business enterprise (MBE) regulatory requirements in State contracts…more

72-Hour Rule, Bid Protests, Bids, Board of Contract Appeals, Construction Contracts

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Social Media Compliance Issues for Community Banks

Andy Campbell presented “Social Media Compliance Issues for Community Banks,” a look at the benefits and risks for banks cultivating a social media presence. Andy’s presentation included discussion of: - regulatory…more

Banks, Community Banks, Compliance, FFIEC, Social Media

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Virginia General Assembly Addresses Fourth Circuit Decision to Uphold Statutory Cap on Recovery by Public Works Contractors for Changed Work

In Carnell Construction Corp. v. Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority, 745 F.3d 703 (2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the trial court’s ruling that, without government approval, the…more

Change Orders, Construction Contracts, Damage Caps, Modification, Proposed Amendments

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OIG Approves Nonprofit Foundation's Proposed Copayment Assistance Program

On January 5, 2015, the OIG posted a favorable advisory opinion, OIG Advisory Opinion 14-11, regarding a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation’s (Foundation) proposal to establish a patient assistance program that would provide…more

501(c)(3), Advisory Opinions, Charitable Organizations, Co-payments, Health Care Providers

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Excluded Individual Not Precluded from Payment for Pre-exclusion Services

In Advisory Opinion 15-02 [PDF], issued February 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) looked favorably on the Requestor’s inquiry as to whether receipt of Federal health care…more

Advisory Opinions, False Claims Act, Federal Health Care Programs, HHS, OIG

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Fee Policies for Missed Appointments

Providers may charge for missed appointments, but… Policies for missed-appointment fees must be clear and conspicuously posted, and are best acknowledged in writing by practice patients. However, when charging a Medicare…more

CMS, Disclosure Requirements, Fees, Healthcare, Medicare

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HHS Identifies Specific Goals to Move Toward Paying for Quality of Care

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new initiative to shift Medicare reimbursements from volume to value using new payment methodologies for physicians and hospitals. Such a…more

Fee-for-Service, Healthcare, HHS, Hospitals, Medicare

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Todd Construction v. United States: Navigating Performance Evaluation Claims in the Court of Federal Claims

A default termination can be a nightmare for a contractor that bids on federal projects, but a negative performance evaluation can prove just as troublesome for a contractor that finishes the job. The Federal Acquisition…more

Construction Industry, Contract Disputes, Court of Federal Claims, FAR, Federal Acquisition Regulations

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No Sanctions for Basic Life Support Service Provider

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued Advisory Opinion 14-09 [PDF] and concluded that a town that uses tax revenues to cover out-of-pocket expenses owed for basic life support (BLS) emergency ambulance services…more

Advisory Opinions, Ambulance Providers, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMP Law, Cost-Sharing

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What Employers Need to Know - Requests for Medical Information and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: Avoiding a Hidden Pitfall

The Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act took effect in November 2009. It should also be noted that many States, including Maryland, have separate statutes prohibiting the acquisition of genetic information and…more

Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Genetic Materials, Genetic Testing

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Comparison of Maryland Trust Act to Current Maryland Law and the Uniform Trust Code

To incorporate the Maryland Trust Act (“MTA” or “Act”) into Maryland law, the Act is added as new Title 14.5 of the Estates and Trusts Article, with ten subtitles. Existing Title 14, Subtitle 1 of the Estates and Trusts Article…more

Maryland Trust Act, Uniform Trust Code

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Highlights of the 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment Rule

On November 6, 2014, CMS published its final Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rule for calendar year (CY) 2015. As highlighted below, notable changes in the HH PPS final rule [PDF] include: (1) a payment…more

ACOs, CMS, Healthcare, Home Health Care, Patient Prospective Payment System

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Beginning April 1, HHA Payment Will Be Determined By CMS Generated Code Using OASIS Data

Payment for a particular home health agency (HHA) beneficiary’s episode of care is based on a Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) code. There are three sources for the HIPPS code and they do not always agree: (1)…more

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Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules on Director and Employee Hedging

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its rules and forms, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), that would require SEC reporting…more

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CMS Retracts Hospice Preauthorization Requirements for Part D Drugs

On July 18, CMS released new guidance retracting a major portion of its controversial preauthorization requirement for hospice beneficiaries. The new guidance supersedes portions of the March 10, 2014 guidance [PDF] that…more

CMS, Healthcare, Hospice, Medicare, Medicare Part D

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Pricing Issues Affecting Laboratories

Craig Holden co-presented "New Compliance Red Flags Workshop," a workshop hosted by G2 Intelligence. Over the past five years, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services have recovered $19.2 billion from…more

Affordable Care Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Clinical Laboratories, Compliance, DOJ

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The Pitfalls of Settling Qui Tam Lawsuits

In a recent federal court case, the federal government and the State of California successfully enforced an oral settlement agreement of a qui tam lawsuit against a health care provider. United States v. North East Medical…more

Administrative Remedies, False Claims Act, Managed Care Contracts, Medicaid, Qui Tam

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Prime Contractors Beware: Small Business Means Small Business

As of August 15, 2013, prime contractors on federal projects must take on increased responsibility and accountability for hiring small business subcontractors. The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) has implemented certain…more

Contractors, SBA, Small Business

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Specialty Pharmacy Per-fill Fee Rejected by OIG

On August 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a “negative” opinion regarding a specialty pharmacy’s proposal to pay a per-fill fee to local pharmacies for support…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Fraud and Abuse, HHS, OIG, Patient Referrals

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New and Improved RACs

During the CMS Hospital/Quality Initiative Open Door Forum call on February 24, 2015, CMS issued a 4-page document summarizing the improvements it has implemented to the RAC program. CMS introduced 20 changes to address concerns…more

CMS, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, RACs, Transparency

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Maryland Changes Rules for Enforcement of Rights and Remedies Under Loan Documents Secured by Residential Property

The Maryland General Assembly has enacted legislation (House Bill 274/Senate Bill 708) that significantly impacts secured lenders’ rights to enforce financing documents secured by residential property. The legislation -- which…more

Lenders, Loan Documentation, Loans

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Ober|Kaler Construction Attorneys Author Maryland Section of 50-State Survey of Licensure Requirements for Architectural and Engineering Firms

Joseph C. Kovars and Christopher C. Dahl of Ober|Kaler's Construction Group recently authored the Maryland section of a 50-state survey of licensure requirements for architectural and engineering firms. The survey has been…more

Architects, Construction Industry, Engineering, Licensing Rules, Professional License

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Maryland Court Affirms that Unpaid Recordation Tax on Indemnity Deed of Trust is not an Obligation of Beneficiary

In good news for foreclosing lenders in Maryland, the Circuit Court for Howard County has affirmed a Maryland Tax Court Memorandum and Order concluding that the recordation tax payable on an indemnity deed of trust ("IDOT")…more

Beneficiaries, Indemnity Deed of Trust, Property Tax, Recordation Taxes, Tax Exemptions

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State Action Doctrine Tested by Supreme Court for Second Time in Two Years

After nearly two decades of silence on the state action doctrine, on October 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in the Court’s second case on the subject in two years: The North Carolina Board of…more

FTC, Market Participants, NC Board of Dental Examiners v FTC, Oral Argument, SCOTUS

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Highlights of OIG's Proposal to Amend Safe Harbors to the Antikickback Statute and CMP Rules, and to Add New Safe Harbors

On October 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a proposed rule to establish new safe harbors under the antikickback statute and the civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules,…more

Affordable Care Act, Ambulance Providers, Anti-Kickback Statute, CMP Law, Cost-Sharing

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Excluded Individual Not Precluded from Payment for Pre-exclusion Services

In Advisory Opinion 15-02 [PDF], issued February 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) looked favorably on the Requestor’s inquiry as to whether receipt of Federal health care…more

Advisory Opinions, False Claims Act, Federal Health Care Programs, HHS, OIG

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Laboratory Discount Arrangements Survive Antikickback Statute Scrutiny

There has been question for some time whether in evaluating certain discount arrangements involving clinical laboratory tests under the federal antikickback statute (FAS), discount charges should be measured against the…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Clinical Laboratories, Fair Market Value, Laboratories

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Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 3)

This is the third in a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission's challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for Early Legal Advice…more

Antitrust Investigations, Antitrust Litigation, FTC, Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, Hospital Mergers

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Vicarious Liability of Motor Vehicle Lessors in Canada

The equipment finance industry breathed a sigh of relief when Federal legislation was enacted in 2005 preempting state laws imposing vicarious liability on lessors of motor vehicles. That relief may have been premature if the…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, Canada, Cars, Leases

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New Federal Health Care Facility Regulations Could Mean More Construction Work

On April 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published proposed rules that would amend the fire safety standards for hospitals, long-term…more

CMS, Construction Contracts, Construction Workers, Contractors, Healthcare

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Guidance, Not Regulations, Expected for 340B Drug Pricing Program

The long-awaited 340B “mega rule,” promised by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to be published last summer, has now been officially nixed. HRSA recently announced that it will not release the “mega-rule,”…more

340B, HRSA, New Guidance, Prescription Drugs

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OIG Approves Free Diapers and Playpen in Connection with Medicaid Program Promoting Pre- and Post-Natal Care

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued an advisory opinion approving an entity’s practice of advertising and providing free diapers and free portable playpen…more

Advertising, Advisory Opinions, Anti-Kickback Statute, Children's Products, Civil Monetary Penalty

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New Baltimore City Law Limits Employee Criminal Record Checks: How Health Care Employers Are Affected

Effective August 13, 2014, certain Baltimore City employers will be restricted from asking applicants and employees about their criminal history. However, many health care employers will be exempt from this new law either…more

Assisted Living Facility, Background Checks, Ban the Box, Criminal Background Checks, EEOC

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FATCA – 2013 and Beyond

Tax lawyer Stuart Schabes co-presented “FATCA – 2013 and Beyond” at The Perfect Storm: US Tax Legislation and IRS Compliance 2013, a program hosted by Philip Stein & Associates and ERM. The discussion included: -…more

Bilateral Agreements, Compliance, Enforcement, EU, FATCA

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Commercial Real Estate Sellers - Ten Additions to a Buyer's Contract

When a seller and a buyer agree upon the terms for the sale of a commercial property the next step is often for the buyer to prepare the first draft of a Contract, which embodies those terms, as well as other customary…more

Commercial Real Estate Market, Contract Drafting, Purchase Agreement, Real Estate Transfers

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Fee-Shifting Corporate Bylaws: What's the Law in Maryland?

In May 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held that a non-stock corporation could enact bylaws that could force a shareholder to pay the corporation’s legal fees, costs, and expenses if the shareholder sues the corporation and…more

Bylaws, Fee-Shifting, Fee-Shifting Statutes, Shareholder Litigation, Shareholders

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OHCQ Mandates Submission of Policies on Resident Access to Medical Records

Maryland nursing homes must submit their policies and procedures for resident access to and requests for medical records to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) by February…more

Department of Health, Nursing Homes, Policies and Procedures, Reporting Requirements

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Worthless Services Investigations and Settlements: The Enforcement Trend Continues

In recent years, state and federal governments have shown their willingness to criminally pursue skilled nursing home owners and operators for allegedly administering “worthless” or substandard quality of care to their…more

Compensatory Damages, Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, False Claims Act

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Good Governance for General Counsel: What Your Board Needs to Know Now

A host of regulatory and finance reforms have ushered in significant changes for health care entities, and likewise, for the boards that guide them. How can general counsel broach these changes with their boards and steer…more

Affordable Care Act, Board of Directors, Compliance, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Counsel

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OHCQ Mandates Submission of Policies on Resident Access to Medical Records

Maryland nursing homes must submit their policies and procedures for resident access to and requests for medical records to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) by February…more

Department of Health, Nursing Homes, Policies and Procedures, Reporting Requirements

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More Turns in the FTC's Antitrust Enforcement Action Against Phoebe Putney Hospital, Inc.

The FTC’s long-running campaign against Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital, Inc., continues. In an unusual sequence of events, the Commission first conditionally accepted a Consent Agreement…more

Antitrust Litigation, Certificate of Need, Divestiture, Enforcement, FTC

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Does the 72-Hour Rule Allow a Contractor in Maryland to Fix a Mistake in its MBE Participation Schedule After Bid Opening?

A recent Maryland Board of Public Works meeting addressed whether the state has flexibility in applying minority business enterprise (MBE) regulatory requirements in State contracts…more

72-Hour Rule, Bid Protests, Bids, Board of Contract Appeals, Construction Contracts

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Foundations in HIPAA - Building Blocks of Health Law

Recent enforcement actions and the new Omnibus Rule implementing several HITECH obligations highlighted the need for a new look at HIPAA obligations for covered entities and now business associates. HITECH not only raised the…more

Enforcement, Healthcare, HIPAA, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, HITECH

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OIG Calls PODs "Inherently Suspect"

Making its most strongly worded statement to date, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a Special Fraud Alert on Physician-Owned Entities on March 26, 2013, calling physician-owned…more

Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Anti-Kickback Statute, Client Referrals, Fraud, Healthcare

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New Clarifications Affect Physician and Hospital Medicare Part B Billing for Services Provided by Nursing and Other Staff "Incident to" Physician's Services

CMS recently released rules changing the requirements for Medicare coverage of services furnished incident to a physician’s, NP’s, or PA’s services. Howard Sollins, Donna Senft and Susan Turner explain the effect of the changes…more

CMS, Healthcare, Medicare, Medicare Part B, New Regulations

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Think You Are Covered By An Additional Insured Endorsement? Recent Opinion Serves as a Reminder to Read the Coverage Language

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion this month that should serve as a reminder to prime contractors to review the coverage granted to them as additional insureds on their subcontractors’…more

Additional Insured Endorsements, Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Defects, Contractors, Due Diligence

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Expedited Licensure Process Supports the Continued Growth of Telemedicine

All signs show that the use and acceptance of telemedicine within the health care industry is growing. Until recently, state medical boards were not as quick to support the provision of medical services across state lines…more

Interstate Medical Licensure Compacts, Nurses, Physicians, Professional License, Special Licenses

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Todd Construction v. United States: Navigating Performance Evaluation Claims in the Court of Federal Claims

A default termination can be a nightmare for a contractor that bids on federal projects, but a negative performance evaluation can prove just as troublesome for a contractor that finishes the job. The Federal Acquisition…more

Construction Industry, Contract Disputes, Court of Federal Claims, FAR, Federal Acquisition Regulations

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A New Sheriff in Town: Federal Trade Commission Enforcement of Medical Information Security

A recent court decision found that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authority to enforce the requirements for security of Protected Health Information, or PHI, as defined under the Health Information Portability and…more

Data Protection, EHR, FTC, Healthcare, LabMD

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