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The Impact of the New Connecticut Budget on the Health Care Industry

The bipartisan state budget became law yesterday (the “Budget Act”). While Governor Malloy vetoed a provision requiring supplemental payments to hospitals, the Budget Act includes numerous other provisions affecting the...more

New Partnership Audit Rules – Plan Ahead Before the Tax Bill Arrives

by Carlton Fields on

A new set of rules for partnership audits (New Audit Rules), which generally take effect January 2018, fundamentally alter the manner in which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will conduct audits of partnerships,...more

Preparing for the New Partnership Audit Rules

by BakerHostetler on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 substantially changed audit-related rules impacting entities taxed as partnerships, including both state-law partnerships and many limited liability companies (LLCs). The most significant...more

The New Partnership Audit Rules Are Here: Are You Ready? - Construction and Procurement Law News, Q3 2017

The January 1, 2018 effective date of the new federal partnership audit rules is almost here, and we encourage all entities taxed as partnerships to consider addressing the issues posed by these new rules as soon as possible....more

Energy Innovation and President Trump's 2018 Budget Proposal - A Comprehensive Outlook for Key Grant and Loan Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump released on May 23, 2017, his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2018, which closely mirrors his America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again – also known as the "skinny budget"...more

Big Changes and Uncertainty Looming for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments

by Alston & Bird on

Originally posted in Bloomberg BNA’s Medicare Report, 28 MCR 96, 2/3/17. On November 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) - Final...more

Health Update - October 2016

Defining and Resolving the Provider Data Dilemma - Editor’s Note: Provider data drives the most fundamental processes in the healthcare system. Inaccurate provider data puts patient care and billions of dollars at risk....more

The FCC’s 2016 BBA Implementing Ruling Digested (Volume 2): The TCPA Does Not Apply to the Federal Government, Except that it Does

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On August 11, 2016 the FCC issued its long-awaited ruling implementing the 2016 Bi-Partisan Balanced Budget Act (“BBA”) Amendment that carved out collection calls on government-backed debt from TCPA coverage. In re Rules &...more

Opting-In: Treasury Regulations Provide Rules for Electing into the New Partnership Audit Regime Early

As reported in a prior Sutherland Legal Alert, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the 2015 Budget Act) makes significant changes to the procedural rules governing federal income tax audits and judicial proceedings that apply...more

FCC Issues Two Key TCPA Orders

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the past two weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued two important orders that modified and clarified the agency’s rules for enforcement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Both orders are...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2016 #3

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) is amending its regulations to implement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, and the...more

DOJ issues interim rule nearly doubling penalties under the False Claims Act

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday, June 30, 2016, issued an interim rule increasing penalties under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq. (FCA) from the current range of $5,500 to $11,000 per false claim,...more

False Claims Act Violations to Become Much Costlier Starting August 1

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 29, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed that penalties for False Claims Act (FCA) violations will increase substantially. The DOJ’s interim final rule nearly doubles the per violation penalty for FCA...more

Federal Civil Penalties Going Up, Way Up

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an Interim Final Rule on June 30th nearly doubling the per-claim civil penalties for violations of a number of laws, including the False Claims Act (FCA), the Program...more

OSHA Officially Increases Civil Penalties by 78 Percent

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its interim final rule on Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Catch-Up Adjustments. The rule was formally published in the Federal Register on July...more

OSHA Penalties Increase by 78.156% Effective August 1, 2016

by Littler on

The two-year bipartisan budget President Obama signed on November 2, 2015, required OSHA to raise its citation penalties for the first time in 25 years. Since 1990, OSHA has been one of only three federal agencies that were...more

Bigger Apparently is Better in DOJ’s Eyes – DOJ Piles On as False Claims Act CMPs Set to Almost Double on August 1, 2016

by Reed Smith on

On June 30, 2016, the Department of Justice published an interim final rule with request for comments that applies an inflation adjustment to civil monetary penalty (CMP) amounts assessed by the Department, as mandated by the...more

OSHA Increasing Fines for Violations

by Miller Canfield on

Penalties assessed against employers for OSHA workplace health and safety violations will be adjusted for inflation under a law passed by Congress. On Nov. 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,...more

The Future of Provider-Based Status Post-BBA 2015

by BakerHostetler on

This month, hospitals impacted by Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) may finally get a glimpse of what the future holds for the off-campus departments they operated or were developing when the BBA was...more

FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Recommends Final Rule Pursuant to Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 With Consumer Protections

by Burr & Forman on

On June 10, 2016, the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee recommended promulgation of a Final Rule pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, containing the following consumer protections: Calls pursuant to the exception...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

by King & Spalding on

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...more

New IRS Audit Rules: Is Your Healthcare LLC Ready?

by Dickinson Wright on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA”), which was signed into law in November 2015, contains significant changes to the way the IRS will audit partnerships beginning in 2018. These changes will also have far ranging...more

The New Partnership Audit Regime Will Be Here Soon – Are You Ready?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act (“Act”) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. One of the many provisions of the Act significantly impacts: (i) the manner in which entities taxed as partnerships will be...more

House and Senate LNG Provisions Go to Conference

by King & Spalding on

On April 20, the Senate passed a broad-based energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012), and set the stage for a conference between House and Senate leaders to compromise on the policy differences between...more

Legislation to Expand Definition of Grandfathered Off-Campus Hospital Departments to Address “Mid-Build” and Cancer Hospital...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A bill amending the “site neutrality” limitations brought by Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 was introduced in the House of Representatives last week and passed out of committee yesterday. H.R. 5273, the...more

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