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OIG Approves Medigap Policy Contracts with Preferred Hospital Networks

On February 20, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released Advisory Opinion 14-02, concerning the use of preferred hospital networks as part of certain Medicare Supplemental...more

Last Week at the FEC: Revisions to Draft Advisory Opinion Would Reject Revolution Messaging’s Supplemental Proposal

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but issued a revised draft Advisory Opinion related to Revolution Messaging, LLC and released records related to MUR 6610, where it closed its investigation and...more

OIG rejects management arrangement that carves out federal healthcare program patients

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently posted an Advisory Opinion describing a proposed arrangement by a clinical laboratory. ...more

NLRB Advice Memo Pulls Together Principles Applied in Evaluating Employer Work Rules and Social Media Policies

A 2012 Advice Memo from the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) General Counsel was recently publicly released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request....more

DC Circuit Invalidates U.S. Department of Labor Interpretation Regarding Mortgage Loan Officer Eligibility for Overtime Pay

In recent years, financial companies have faced uncertainty over wage requirements for mortgage loan officers because the U.S. Department of Labor has taken inconsistent positions on whether they are eligible for overtime...more

DOL Clarifies Revenue Sharing Fiduciary Responsibility Issues

Advisory opinion on "plan asset" issue lays out factors for fiduciary consideration. On July 3, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Advisory Opinion 2013-03A, which discusses whether a bookkeeping account for...more

OIG Advisory Opinions Provide Some Helpful Guidance

In spite of a slow start, the OIG has issued a number of interesting advisory opinions to date in 2013. Here are a few of the highlights. The OIG reiterated its long-standing concern about arrangements which “carve out”...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 6 - June 2013

In This Issue: - Single Charge for Investment Management Services Found Not Subject to New York Sales Tax. - Remote Vendor Not “Doing Business” in New York. - Nonresident Partner’s Loss from 2005...more

New Opinion and Advisory Program for Pre-Approved 403(b) Plans

The IRS releases new procedures and sample plan language to assist 403(b) plan sponsors in obtaining pre-approval of 403(b) plan documents and to ensure documentary compliance with 403(b) requirements....more

IRS Issues Procedures for Securing Favorable Opinions on Pre-Approved 403(b) Programs

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a revenue procedure establishing a new program for the pre-approval of 403(b) plans. The program opens June 28, 2013, and the IRS will begin accepting applications for...more

Appellate Notes: Week of April 1, 2013

In This Issue: - AC33703 - Sigular v. Gilson - AC33557 - Filippelli v. Saint Mary’s Hospital - AC34524 - Capel v. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. - AC34221 - Nichols v. The Milford Pediatric...more

FTC's Norman PHO Advisory Opinion - New Clinical Integration Guidance, Same Antitrust Analysis

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provided its first guidance for clinically integrated networks since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the joint FTC/DOJ Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Antitrust Policy...more

FTC Staff Issues Favorable Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion That It Does Not Intend to Challenge Proposed Formation of...

On February 13, 2013, the FTC issued an advisory opinion letter that it did not plan to challenge the proposed creation of the Norman Physician Hospital Organization (“Norman PHO”)—which includes approximately 280...more

FTC Issues Another Favorable Clinical Integration Program Advisory Opinion

In a February 13, 2013, advisory opinion, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Competition stated that it has no present intention to recommend that the FTC challenge a clinical integration program (CIP) proposed by...more

FTC Issues First Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion Post-ACA

FTC staff advisory opinions are not issued all that frequently and advisory opinions regarding clinical integration are issued even less frequently. The latest advisory opinion, issued last week, is therefore noteworthy, not...more

FTC Issues Favorable Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion to Norman, Oklahoma PHO

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much attention has been paid to the antitrust treatment of Accountable Care Organizations, provider ventures contemplated by the ACA that the Federal Trade Commission and...more

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