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Good Medicine Doesn’t Always Taste Good

One of the first healthcare lessons we learn as children is that good medicine doesn’t necessarily taste good. In fact, sometimes the best medicine tastes pretty bad....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - GSA Issues Notice of Public Meeting and Request for Comment on Proposed Rule to Amend GSAR Transactional Data Reporting - The General Services Administration (GSA) issued a notice of...more

Changes to CMS' Five-Star Ratings System Turn Up the Heat on Nursing Homes and Increase Risks for Psychotropic Use

On Feb. 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) unveiled Version 3.0 of its Nursing Home Compare, which updates the current 5-Star Quality Rating System to reflect higher performance standards. Because of these...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing...more

Black Tuesday Falls on a Friday for Nation’s Nursing Homes

If you think of CMS quality ratings as the Dow Jones index, then last Friday, February 20, was the equivalent of Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the day the stock market collapsed. Why? ...more

CMS Adds Star Ratings to Dialysis Facility Compare

On January 22, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added star ratings to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website, with a one- to five-star rating assigned based on performance on nine quality...more

GB: Commission publishes rating system on the protection of customer funds

The Commission has published its rating system and an advice note to operators on the requirements to segregate customer funds and disclose to customers the level of protection offered in the event of insolvency....more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 12, DBRS released its methodology for rating Canadian credit card and personal credit line securitizations. On November 7, DBRS issued a request for comment for its proposed methodology for rating funds backed by...more

ISS Announces Launch of QuickScore 3.0

On October 29, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), a leading proxy advisory firm, announced that on November 24 it will launch the third generation of its QuickScore governance risk rating system, QuickScore 3.0. ...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 22, Fitch issued new methodology for rating revolving fund and leveraged municipal loan pools....more

Back to School with Charity Navigator

School is in full swing across the country, and it looks like students won’t be the only ones who will be graded out of 100 points this year. Charity Navigator, a nonprofit organization that evaluates charities in the United...more

Changes Coming to Nursing Home Compare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has announced that the Nursing Home Compare Five Star Quality Rating System will soon undergo some changes. The rating system has experienced recent criticism for relying...more

Do workers' compensation claims pay for pain and suffering?

One of the trade-offs in workers’ compensation is that you receive no direct payment for pain and suffering. You’ve undoubtedly heard this phrase being used in the context of people who bring lawsuits for auto accidents,...more

Music videos have been a grey area when it comes to certification and age ratings. The Lines have been Blurred, if you will…

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has been certifying theatrical films since 1912 (though in actual fact the ultimate power over a film’s classification in any particular cinema lies with the local authority who...more

CMS Announces Changes to Five-Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes

On October 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to expand and bolster Medicare’s Five-Star Quality Rating System (Five-Star System) for nursing homes, provided to the public on the Nursing...more

Great Article of the State of Things with the College Rating System

As we have reported a few times, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) is currently working on college rating system. Libby Nelson, formerly of Politico and now the education reporter with Vox, has a great new piece...more

Bankruptcy remoteness – a remote prospect?

Lawyers and investment bankers involved in setting up structured products such as asset backed commercial paper, CDOs, CMBS and CLOs often strive to achieve “bankruptcy remoteness” for the vehicle issuing the product...more

Rating Agency Developments - April 17, 2013

On April 12, Fitch released its criteria for rating aircraft operating lease ABS. On April 12, Moody’s released its public finance housing methodology and research handbook. On April 10, Fitch released its global structured...more

ISS Unveils QuickScore – Review Validation Data Before February 8th

Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (“ISS”) last week introduced a new rating system called ISS Governance QuickScore that will replace its current GRId (Governance Risk Indicators) framework effective in late February /...more

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