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CMS Finalizes Stark Law Amendments

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule with comment period in the Federal Register at 80 Fed. Reg. 70,886, which includes a...more

New Stark Law Exception Allows Hospitals, FQHCs and RHCs to Assist Physicians with Engaging Non-Physician Practitioners

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a new exception to the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) intended to expand access to primary care and mental health services (the “NPP...more

CMS Eases Regulatory Burdens and Creates New Exceptions in "Phase V" of the Stark Regulations

On November 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published the most significant changes to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”) regulations since 2008. Because this rulemaking...more

Florida Supreme Court on Evidence of Collateral Source Benefits

Ruling Makes It More Difficult for Defendants to Deal with Claims for Future Medical Expenses at Trial - It is not uncommon for a defendant in a product liability case at trial to be faced with an inflated and...more

Limitations of Labor Negotiations Exception to Brown Act - Does Not Include Negotiation of a Project Labor Agreement When the...

The labor negotiations exception to the open-meeting requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act does not permit a community college district’s governing board to meet in closed session to discuss the negotiation of a project...more

Establishing the Application of The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act’s Arbitration Exception

On October 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the mandate on its opinion affirming the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia confirming...more

CMS finalizes significant Stark Law rulemaking

In July of this year, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the regulations implementing the federal physician self referral law...more

Health Conscious? The EEOC Is Expanding Incentives for Employees’ Spouses

Employee wellness programs are frequently a source of ulcer-causing angst for employers, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is making moves to treat some of the underlying issues. Late last week, the EEOC...more

Record-breaking FCA settlements underscore importance of Stark Law compliance

In September and October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced four record-breaking False Claims Act settlements – ranging from $25 million to $115 million – involving health care systems that allegedly made improper...more

DMCA Exceptions Announced By Librarian of Congress

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) generally prohibits the circumvention of technological measures employed by or on behalf of copyright owners to protect their works (also known as “access controls”). But every...more

Significant Exception to TCPA Likely to Pass

Congress is about to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The budget agreement includes significant amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As proposed, the TCPA will soon permit autodialed calls to cell...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Adverse-Interest Exception in Fraud-on-the Market Securities Class Actions

Last week, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that could affect analyses of corporate scienter in securities class actions. The court reversed the dismissal of In re ChinaCast Education Corporation Securities Litigation and...more

Best Practices for Complying with the New York City Fair Chance Act

Given the imminent effective date of New York City’s Fair Chance Act, employers may be wondering what they need to do to comply with the law. As many employers are aware, effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act...more

Background Screening – When is Section 603(y) Applicable?

When a company uses commercial background checks to evaluate the suitability of job applicants, they must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer...more

U.S. Congress passes the Judicial Redress Act, but does it provide effective redress?

In an uncharacteristically swift move, the United States Congress passed the Judicial Redress Act (“Act”) on 20 October 2015. The Act proposes to extend safeguards implemented under the Privacy Act 1974, and, if brought into...more

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

FINRA Releases Revised 4210 Margin Rule Proposal

The reproposed amendments to Rule 4210 attempt to address commenters’ concerns that the original proposed rule would impact business activity in the TBA market....more

IRS Delays Effective Date for New Regulations on Embedded Loans in Swaps

The Treasury and the IRS have delayed implementation of the recently announced rule change that treats certain types of upfront payments on swaps as loans for federal income tax purposes (including for purposes of the...more

New Maine Social Media Privacy Law Takes Effect October 15, 2015

Maine has become the latest state to restrict employers’ ability to access social media accounts of employees and applicants. A new Maine statute, which will go into effect on October 15, 2015, prohibits a broad range of...more

Going To The Heart Of Workplace Health Programs And Apps

The wearable technology market is booming and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. From watches to glasses, to chips and sensors built into clothing and accessories, wearable technology seems to have reached every...more

September 2015: Product Liability Litigation Update

Ninth Circuit Restricts Scope of CAFA’s “Local Single Event” Exception. In Allen v. Boeing Co., 784 F.3d 625 (9th Cir. 2015), the Ninth Circuit recently held that a case did not fall within the Class Action Fairness Act’s...more

Disaster Preparedness and Your Taxes

If you live on the East Coast of the United States, you are probably following the weather forecast for Hurricane Joaquin very closely. If you are also filing your U.S. income taxes on extension and are trying to make the...more

The Fair Chance Act And Stop Credit Discrimination In Employment Act--New Interpretations From The NYCCHR

Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed two laws which place limitations on an employer’s ability to use background checks including credit checks (otherwise known as consumer reports) in employment decisions: the...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Explains New NYC Background Check Laws

We were pleased to host a program on September 28, 2015 on New York City’s two new background check laws, the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Chance Act. Paul Keefe, Supervising Attorney at the NYC...more

Accessing an Employee’s Social Media Account? A Patchwork of State Laws

The water cooler, it seems, is a thing of the past. Or at least the actual physical water cooler is. These days, many of the office conversations take place online. Employees air their grievances, connect with each other, and...more

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