Accreditation

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Alert: Gainful Employment Regulations: Recent Updates from the Department of Education

The Department of Education published another announcement in its series of Electronic Announcements ("EAs") last week, as it prepares to implement the new Gainful Employment ("GE") regulations. Those regulations are...more

CMS Finalizes Changes to Deeming Authority Survey, Certification, and Enforcement Rules

CMS has published a final rule that revises survey, certification, and enforcement procedures related to CMS oversight of national accrediting organizations (AOs), effective July 21, 2015. Among other things, the rule:...more

NAIC Panel Approves Draft Captive Accreditation Standards

The NAIC Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee recently approved revisions that will impact some captives reinsuring XXX/AXXX reserves, variable annuities and long-term care products. The approval comes...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - May 2015 #3

CMS Issues Final Rule on Certifying National Accrediting Organizations – CMS recently issued a final rule related to national accrediting organizations responsible for evaluating Medicare provider compliance with program...more

Alert: New Pathways for Unaccredited Entities and Non-Institutional Education Providers

Accreditors have been seen as obstacles to innovation in higher education. In April we issued a Cooley Alert on new WASC guidelines for disaggregating institutional services. Now WASC and DEAC have issued separate policies...more

Alert: WASC Senior Commission Issues New Guidelines on Third-Party Providers

The WASC Senior College and University Commission ("WSCUC" or "the Commission") has issued a revision of its policy on agreements between accredited institutions and unaccredited entities, such as service providers. ...more

U.S. Senate HELP Committee Releases White Papers on Higher Education Act Reauthorization

On March 23, 2015, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (the “HELP Committee”) released staff white papers about the following three issues, as...more

Important Updates Concerning the Accreditation Procedure for Branches/ROs of Foreign Companies in Russia

The procedure for the accreditation of branches/representative offices of foreign companies (“Branches/ROs”) in Russia, as well as for obtaining the personal accreditation of foreign employees of such Branches/ROs, was...more

Registration Begins for American Telemedicine Association’s New Accreditation of Online Medical Services

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is now accepting limited registrations for organizations that wish to gain ATA’s seal of approval for online medical services. Registration for the new Accreditation Program for...more

Alert: Conversion of a Postsecondary Educational Institution from a For-Profit to a Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Entity

The recent announcements that Grand Canyon University would explore nonprofit status and that Corinthian Colleges plans to sell a group of schools to a nonprofit entity have encouraged higher education companies to take a...more

New California Law Requires Publication of Accreditation Documents

On September 17, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown approved Assembly Bill No. 2247. As explained by the Senate Bill Digest, this law “requires all campuses of every public and private postsecondary education institution...more

More on the Higher Education Legislative Proposals from the Senate

Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act – H.R. 4612 / S. 1904 - On January 9, 2014, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act of 2013 (Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) introduced a...more

Senior Care Franchises: Important Regulatory News

Effective July 1, a home health agency that is not Medicare or Medicaid certified and does not provide skilled care is exempt from the requirement to be accredited in 400.471(2)(h), Florida Statutes. An amendment was passed...more

Captive Insurance Trade Association Opposes Proposed Revisions To The National Standards For State Accreditation

In a letter dated May 19, 2014, the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) urged the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to reject proposed revisions to the definition of “multi-state reinsurer” in...more

Vermont Amends Law Governing Credit For Reinsurance

Vermont has amended its law governing how ceding insurers take credit for reinsurance within the state. The law, in part, implements new eligibility requirements for assuming insurers to be accredited reinsurers and requires...more

Unified Residency Accreditation System To Be Launched

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) will be forming a unified, single...more

Department of Education Publishes Change to NACIQI Schedule

Earlier today, the Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register (78 FR 68832) announcing revisions to the agenda for the December 12-13, 2013 meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional...more

Next Accreditation System – Interview with Andy Roth, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Andy Roth, Member of Mintz Levin's Health Law Practice, explains the changes to the ACGME’s accreditation methodology with the adoption of the Next Accreditation System (NAS). ...more

Health Law Alert - OBS Rental Rules Called Into Question

Not long after the passage of the laws permitting physicians to operate accredited office based surgery practices (“OBSPs”), the Department of Health (the “Department”) Website included a list of “Frequently Asked Questions”...more

Preparing a Hospital or Health System for Sale or Partnership Transactions – Part Two

The consolidation trend in hospital and health systems continues. To address perceived inefficiencies and quality of care issues, hospitals are attempting to form larger enterprises to create scale, expand geographically,...more

Crowdfunding Part 3(B): Alternatives— Accredited Crowdfunding Platform #1

We’ve been talking about crowdfunding for a while now, and we’ve started discussing alternatives to the crowdfunding exemption in Title III of the JOBS Act because that exemption is technically not final yet. Last time we...more

Legal Alert: New York Adopts Holding Company Act Amendments

On July 31, 2013, Governor Cuomo signed into law New York Assembly Bill 7807A, which adopts key changes to the regulation of insurance holding company systems in New York under Article 15 of the New York Insurance Law and the...more

CMS Approves New Hospital Accrediting Organization

On July 26, 2013, CMS approved the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) as a national hospital accrediting organization. Effective July 26, 2013 through July 26, 2017, hospitals seeking participation in the...more

Legislative Update: Important Changes to Assembly Bill 434

This bill allows those with a degree from an accredited architectural program to ?become registered as an interior designer.? What are the important changes in the bill?? The passage of this bill allows those who...more

What’s Next for Graduate Medical Education Accreditation? One System.

Graduate medical education programs and residents should be getting used to change by now. Last year, the ACGME introduced the Next Accreditation System, and then eight months later, it announced it was developing a unified...more

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