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Automatic Animation Software Method Found Patentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101

Since the Supreme Court's decision two years ago in Alice v. CLS Bank, courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have found a large percentage of software and computer-related inventions to claim abstract ideas and not be…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Future Is Now: CMS Proposes Broad Bundled Payment Expansion for Cardiac Care Episodes

Furthering the agency’s stated intention to pay for value over volume, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule representing the first expansion of mandatory hospital-centric bundled…more
| Health

2017 OCC Bank Supervision Plan, House Committee Passes Dodd-Frank Reform

OCC Releases 2017 Bank Supervision Plan - The OCC’s Committee on Bank Supervision (CBS) yesterday published its Fiscal Year 2017 Bank Supervision Operating Plan and announced the following five oversight objectives..…more
| Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

SEC Takes Aim at Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements

On Aug. 15, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its second fine in six days to an employer for drafting severance agreements that restricted former employees from collecting awards as whistleblowers. The fines –…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

New 340B Dispute Resolution Process: Will It Level the Playing Field?

On August 12, HRSA published a formal proposed rule regarding a 340B Drug Pricing Program administrative dispute resolution (ADR) process. HRSA’s use of the administrative rulemaking process is a rare occasion given its…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Agencies Encourage New Privacy Regulations to Close the mHealth Black Hole and Keep Pace with Evolving Technologies

On July 19, 2016, the ONC submitted a report to Congress which suggests that health privacy regulations soon may be revised to catch up with the universe of mHealth technologies that now use and share personal health data. The…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

SEC Takes Aim at Anti-Whistleblower Employment Agreements

On August 15, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its second fine in six days to a health insurer for allegedly creating severance agreements that illegally restrict former employees from collecting…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Asbestos Exposure Liability Decision May Affect Future "Take Home" Cases

Following recent court action, defendants up against "take-home" asbestos exposure claims may need to rethink their legal strategy. The Northern District of Illinois recently denied a Motion for Reconsideration of a Motion…more
| Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Personal Injury, Toxic Torts

CMS Proposes OPPS Reimbursement Adjustments: What Hospital Outpatient Providers Need to Know

In early July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) reimbursement rule changes that will impact reimbursement payment amounts and requirements for…more
| Health

SBA Proposes Updates to Business Loan Programs

The Small Business Administration (SBA) on Tuesday published a proposed rule that would amend requirements in four of its business loan programs in order to increase participation among eligible entities. The agency announced…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking

FFIEC Suggests Changes to Call Report for Small Institutions

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) on Friday announced that it will accept public comment on proposed revisions to the existing Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (FFIEC 041) that would…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

FDA Isn't Moving to Regulate Devices that Track Fitness Regimes!

At long last, the Food and Drug Administration issued its Nonbinding Recommendations and Guidance regarding "General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices," announcing it will not regulate "low-risk general wellness products."…more
| Administrative Law, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Mega-Mergers Highlight Risk to Health Care Providers

Consolidation in health insurance markets can injure hospitals and doctors by creating buyer-side market power that can force providers to accept below-market prices, limit patients’ access to care, and reduce innovation in…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Health, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions

HHS Proposes Rules to Eliminate Backlog … in 5 Years

On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a series of regulatory changes in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) designed to curtail the massive backlog of Medicare claim appeals…more
| Health

ERISA Fiduciary Rules: Court Challenges and Considerations for Employers

Employers and their financial advisors should consider enacting a multi-step plan amid anticipation that the proposed ERISA Fiduciary Rules turn effective. Last month, several business groups filed a complaint in the…more
| Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law
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