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Third time's the charm? ED delays distance education rule

by Hogan Lovells on

On May 9, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget issued the Spring 2018 Agency Rule List, which indicates that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has proposed a two-year delay of the distance education rule that was set...more

Penn State’s Erie campus to develop Shell ‘cracker’ business opportunities

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has announced it has selected Penn State Behrend in Erie as a lead partner for developing business and market opportunities created by the $6 billion...more

WHOIS data still headed off the GDPR cliff

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Despite efforts of the international domain name authority to save the WHOIS database, it still appears likely to black out after GDPR becomes effective. And the blackout could herald other changes for this often-used and...more

Cambios al Programa Orgánico bajo el Proyecto de Ley Agrícola

by Holland & Knight LLP on

La Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos presentó los Principios Legales del Proyecto de la Ley Agrícola. El Proyecto fue lanzado la semana pasada, y en su forma actual, enmienda la autoridad de acreditación orgánica del...more

Changes to the Organic Program under the Proposed Farm Bill

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The House of Representatives released its proposed amendments to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (more commonly referred to as the Farm Bill). The proposed Farm Bill was released last week, and in its current form,...more

Dept. of Education restores recognition status of college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following a remand from the D.C. federal district court, Department of Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos has issued an order restoring the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools’ (ACICS) status as a...more

Blog: ACICS Recognition Reinstated

by Cooley LLP on

Secretary Betsy DeVos announced earlier today that the US Department of Education has retroactively reinstated the federal recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools as of December 12, 2016,...more

Medicare and accrediting bodies may not always speak the same GME language

by Dentons on

The transition to a single accreditation system (SAS) is well underway, and teaching hospitals and residency program sponsors are scrambling to understand all the implications for their programs. One area of confusion that...more

Physician Certification Group Wins Dismissal of Antitrust Suit Brought By Physicians

by Mintz Levin on

A physician organization has failed to sufficiently plead that a physician certification group caused an unreasonable restraint of trade through its actions to promulgate its certification program. Last week, a district court...more

Joint Commission Introduces New Accreditation Standards for Telehealth Services

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Joint Commission has proposed changes to its accreditation standards to account for direct-to-patient telehealth services. The new standards will apply to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and ambulatory health care...more

Summer 2017 Sees Hot Developments in Regulating Insurer Capital and Life Reserve Financing

At the recent National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Summer National Meeting held in Philadelphia from August 6, 2017, to August 9, 2017, the NAIC continued its work on group capital calculation standards,...more

NAIC Report: 2017 Summer National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the 2017 Summer National Meeting from August 5-9. Commissioners, staff and interested parties alike converged in Philadelphia...more

Risk Associated with Failure of Programs to Gain Timely Accreditation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In an effort to add new programs to meet the needs and interests of students and faculty, many colleges and universities will admit students to programs that are still in the process of seeking the necessary accreditation....more

D.C. hospital crackdown shows how patient safety information stays secret

Health officials caught expectant mothers, local politicians, and the D.C. community off guard by ordering the only full-service hospital in the southeast part of the District of Columbia to stop delivering babies and to shut...more

USCIS Adopts AAO Decision Setting Accreditation Guidelines for H-1B Master’s Cap Eligibility

On May 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum adopting the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) decision in the case Matter of A-T-Inc. The adopted decision establishes binding...more

The Joint Commission Releases Pain Assessment and Management Requirements

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently released new and revised pain assessment and management standards and elements of performance for its hospital accreditation program. These standards, effective January 1, 2018, follow an...more

Deemed Providers Beware: IPPS Rule Proposes Publicizing Accreditation Survey Results

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The veil of secrecy may soon be lifted from the reports of accreditation organizations like The Joint Commission if a proposal in the April 28, 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule is finalized. As...more

D.C. Circuit Affirms Denial of the CFPB’s Investigation of a College Accrediting Organization

by Goodwin on

On April 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision denying the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition to investigate a college...more

D.C. Circuit Rebukes CFPB in Civil Investigative Demand Enforcement Decision

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in CFPB v. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools, affirming a decision by the D.C. district court to deny...more

Blog: New Department of Education Accreditation Database: A Promising Start, But Clearly a Work in Progress

by Cooley LLP on

The Department of Education (ED) has launched a new online database intended to provide current and prospective students, as well as the broader community, with current information on the accreditation status of institutions...more

D.C. Circuit affirms denial of CFPB petition to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D. C. Circuit has affirmed the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 denial of the CFPB’s petition to enforce a CID issued to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015....more

Court declines to enjoin Dept. of Education termination of recognition status of college accrediting organization challenging CFPB...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In December 2016, the Secretary of Education issued a decision adopting the decision of the Department of Education’s Senior Department Official terminating and withdrawing the Department’s recognition of the Accrediting...more

D.C. Circuit hears oral argument on CFPB authority to issue CID to college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the D. C. Circuit held oral argument in the CFPB’s appeal from the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 ruling that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for...more

Perspectives for the Professions: Case Summary: Third Party Accreditation

by Field Law on

B.C. College of Optics Inc. v. The College of Opticians of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 85, allowing an appeal of the lower Court’s finding that the regulator could not require a third-party assessment of a training program as...more

Alert: Judge Denies ACICS Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order

by Cooley LLP on

In an afternoon hearing on December 20, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton denied the motion of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ("ACICS") seeking a temporary restraining order...more

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