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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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Ober|Kaler's Construction Group Helps Client Win Bid Protest in Connecticut and Secure $153,000,000 Public Works Contract

Joseph C. Kovars and Jackson B. Boyd of Ober|Kaler's Construction Group recently helped a client win a bid protest in Connecticut and secure a contract worth over $153,000,000 to improve and expand a water pollution control…more

Bid Protests, Bids, Construction Contracts, Invitation for Bids (IFB), Public Works

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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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Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician-owned Hospitals Provisions

In the proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF], CMS recommends amending several requirements related to the physician-owned hospital and rural provider exceptions to the Stark law. As discussed more fully below, CMS…more

CMS, Exceptions, Hospitals, Patient Referrals, Physician Fee Schedule

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Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician-owned Hospitals Provisions

In the proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF], CMS recommends amending several requirements related to the physician-owned hospital and rural provider exceptions to the Stark law. As discussed more fully below, CMS…more

CMS, Exceptions, Hospitals, Patient Referrals, Physician Fee Schedule

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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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Changes Are Afoot for Quality Measures and Physician Payment Provisions

In the proposed Medicare Physician Fee schedule (PFS) update for 2016, CMS announces a number of new policies, making changes to several of the quality reporting initiatives that are associated with PFS payment, and begins…more

Advanced Care, Biosimilars, CMS, CPCI, EHR

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OSHA Stepping Up Scrutiny of Hospitals and Inpatient Health Care Facilities

On June 25, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a Memorandum to its Compliance Officers expanding its enforcement policy regarding workplace hazards facing employees in the health care…more

Health and Safety, Healthcare Facilities, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Occupational Health and Safety Regulators

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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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It's Time to Bill Medicare: Do You Know Where Your Physicians Are?

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that Medicare contractors overpaid physicians $33.4 million in incorrectly coded physician services between January 2010 and…more

Healthcare, Medicare, OIG, Physician Medicare Reimbursements, Physicians

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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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Proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Would Impact Medicare Shared Savings Program

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF] contains several provisions that are likely to have an impact on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). These provisions focus in large part on quality measures and the…more

ACOs, Alternative Payment Models (APM), Beneficiary Designations, CMS, Exceptions

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CMS Proposes Limited Exception to Two-Midnight Rule and QIO Review of Short Stays

In the 2016 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule, CMS promised to provide further guidance on the controversial "two midnight" rule in the forthcoming outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule. The…more

CMS, Exceptions, IPPS, MACs, QIOs

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Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Proposed Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

A periodic bulletin keeping small businesses informed about current developments in securities law and related matters. As required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and…more

Disclosure Requirements, Executive Compensation, Pay-for-Performance, Proposed Amendments, SEC

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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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Stark Litigation: The Tuomey Saga Draws to a Close

In what may be the penultimate chapter of the long–running saga of the Tuomey case, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the final judgment and award in favor of the government in its case against Tuomey Healthcare System, Inc. (Tuomey)…more

Appeals, Chief Operating Officers (COO), False Claims Act, Healthcare Providers, Hospitals

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Provider Fights Back Against Whistleblower's Taking of Provider's Documents

Among the challenges for health care providers facing whistleblower lawsuits is the discovery that a whistleblower has secretly taken the provider’s documents or data. What options are available to the provider? In the recent…more

Confidential Documents, Discovery, False Claims Act, Health Care Providers, Misappropriation

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CMS Issues CY 2016 Proposed Rule for OPPS, ASC Payment Systems and Quality Reporting

On July 8, 2015, CMS published in the Federal Register [PDF] its proposed changes and updates to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System policy…more

CMS, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, Hospitals, OPPS

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Stark Regulations: Technical Revisions

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016 includes multiple technical revisions to the regulations implementing the Stark law. These revisions appear to be designed to provide greater clarity and flexibility with respect…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, Commercial Leases, Exceptions, Physician Compensation Arrangements

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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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Letters of Intent: What Do They Really Do?

A construction project usually contains a web of contractual relationships, such as between owner-contractor, contractor-subcontractor, subcontractor-supplier, owner-architect, architect-engineer, and so forth. To make things…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Contractors, Letter of Intent

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CMS Proposes Limited Exception to Two-Midnight Rule and QIO Review of Short Stays

In the 2016 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule, CMS promised to provide further guidance on the controversial "two midnight" rule in the forthcoming outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule. The…more

CMS, Exceptions, IPPS, MACs, QIOs

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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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Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician Recruitment Provisions

Assistance to Employ a Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) - Currently under the Stark law, the physician recruitment exception (42 C.F.R. § 411.357(e)) permits hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural…more

CMS, FQHC, Hospitals, NPPs, Physician Recruitment Agreement

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Stark Regulations: Technical Revisions

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016 includes multiple technical revisions to the regulations implementing the Stark law. These revisions appear to be designed to provide greater clarity and flexibility with respect…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, CMS, Commercial Leases, Exceptions, Physician Compensation Arrangements

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OIG Nixes Arrangements Involving Free Tests

Labs Attempt to Counter Exclusive Lab Arrangements - With increasing frequency, clinical laboratories have found themselves unable to receive any payments for tests performed for individuals whose third-party insurer…more

Alternative Fee Arrangements, Anti-Kickback Statute, Clinical Laboratories, Laboratories, Medicaid

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Anatomy of a Provider-Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 6)

This is the concluding installment of 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…more

Affordable Care Act, Antitrust Violations, Competition, FTC, Healthcare

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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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Stark Regulations: Proposed Physician Recruitment Provisions

Assistance to Employ a Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) - Currently under the Stark law, the physician recruitment exception (42 C.F.R. § 411.357(e)) permits hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural…more

CMS, FQHC, Hospitals, NPPs, Physician Recruitment Agreement

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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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Criminal Prosecutions of Health Care Fraud: The Stakes Continue to Rise for Individual Providers

On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced criminal charges against 243 individuals located in 14 states for various health…more

Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, Fraud, Health Care Providers, Healthcare Fraud

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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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Selected CMS Guidance for Billing for Skilled Nursing Facility Services

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) should take note of the updates and clarifications set forth in Medlearn Matters article 8997, issued by the CMS on March 13, 2015. Medlearn Matters article 8997 updates the chapters in the…more

Billing, CMS, Medicare, Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Medicare Claims Processing Manual

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Open Season on Provider-controlled Licensing Boards

In a closely followed decision with significant consequences for state licensing boards and their members, the Supreme Court in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, 135 S. Ct. 1101 (2015),…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Antitrust Litigation, Dentists, FTC, Immunity

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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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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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Proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Would Impact Medicare Shared Savings Program

The proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2016 [PDF] contains several provisions that are likely to have an impact on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). These provisions focus in large part on quality measures and the…more

ACOs, Alternative Payment Models (APM), Beneficiary Designations, CMS, Exceptions

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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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