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Zenefits’ Saga in Washington State Continues: Reviewing Officer Reverses ALJ and Finds that Provision of Free Software to General...

• Zenefits’ practice of providing free software to the general public constitutes an improper rebate under the state’s anti-rebate provisions • Ruling could have significant impact on brokers’ ability to provide...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

Checking In On GINA: Revisiting the EEOC’s Rules on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

by Fisher Phillips on

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued regulations governing the treatment of wellness programs under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), as well as under the...more

Professional Regulatory Alert: No Loyalty Program for Drugs: Court Confirms Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements

by Field Law on

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently confirmed that professional regulators have significant discretion to implement rules and policies intended to protect the public interest. Specifically, rules and policies may include the...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 5

In this post, I will be focusing on the intersection of off-label communications with government enforcement of health care fraud through the False Claims Act. Over the past eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)...more

New NYS Regulations Seek To Reign In Title Insurance Marketing Practices

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has announced new regulations aimed at reforming various title insurance industry practices, including practices involving title company and agency marketing...more

Insurance Regulators and Startups Discuss Pitfalls and Engagement at InsureTech Connect 2017

• Recent shifts in insurance regulation are driven by consumer demand. • Traps for the unwary mean that insurtech startups should engage with regulators early and often. • Brokers need to know how to navigate the...more

Expanded Fraud and Abuse Liability under Proposed “Medicare for All” Bill

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On September 13, 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced his “Medicare for All Act of 2017” which, as the name implies, would expand Medicare to cover nearly every American. Although it is unlikely that the bill will...more

The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II – the UK Rules for Investment Managers

by Goodwin on

Separate account managers and fund managers in the EU will need to comply with the regulatory rules under the new Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) with effect from 3 January 2018. There has been...more

OIG Approves Free Lodging and Meals Under "Promotes Access to Care" Exception to Beneficiary Inducement CMP

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In Advisory Opinion 17-01, published March 10, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved an academic medical center's proposal to provide free or reduced-cost lodging and...more

Federal Circuit Review | February 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

“Common Sense” Alone Is Not a Sufficient Motivation to Combine References - In In Re: Van Os, Appeal No. 2015-1975, the Federal Circuit held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s reliance on intuition or common sense...more

Analysis of HHS OIG Final Rule to Amend the Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors and CMP Rules on Beneficiary Inducements

by Reed Smith on

On December 7, 2016, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule amending the safe harbors to the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and the Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP)...more

At Long Last, OIG Issues Final Rule for Beneficiary Inducement Safe Harbors

More than two years since issuing the proposed rule, the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued the long-awaited and highly anticipated final rule (the Final Rule) that provides amendments to the Anti-Kickback...more

OIG Spreads Holiday Cheer By Increasing “Nominal Value” Limits for Gifts to Medicare Beneficiaries

by Reed Smith on

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has increased the value of permissible gifts that may be made to Medicare beneficiaries without running afoul of the civil monetary penalty (CMP) provision prohibiting beneficiary...more

Blog: #IDD: Insurance Europe responds to EIOPA’s technical advice on delegated acts – conflicts of interest & commission payments

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Insurance Europe (IE) has published its response to EIOPA’s “Consultation Paper on Technical Advice on possible Delegated Acts concerning the Insurance Distribution Directive” (IDD). IE argues that, in “a number of...more

Blog: The Insurance Distribution Directive: EIOPA’s technical advice on delegated acts, and next steps

by Cooley LLP on

The Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) came into force on 23 February 2016, and must be transposed into the national laws of the EU Member States by 23 February 2018. The IDD gives the European Commission a power to adopt...more

Inducement Rules: FCA Reminds Firms of Its Expectations

by Morgan Lewis on

The FCA has found that client hospitality events do not always enhance the quality of service to clients in line with its inducement rules....more

FTC Staff Tackle FCC Privacy Rules in Public Comment

by WilmerHale on

As the Federal Communications Commission sifts through over 50,000 comments received in response to its proposed broadband privacy rules, the Federal Trade Commission’s comments are likely to stand as a highlight. In a...more

Prohibition on Pharmacy Inducements Beyond College of Pharmacists’ Authority

by Field Law on

In Sobeys West Inc v. Alberta College of Pharmacists, 2016 ABQB 232, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held that amendments to the College of Pharmacists’ Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice prohibiting inducements to...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

PRA and FCA Reject the Position Taken on CRD IV Bonus Cap Proportionality in the EBA’s New Remuneration Guidelines - The PRA and FCA notified the European Banking Authority (EBA) that they will comply with all aspects of...more

Blog: The Insurance Distribution Directive, The Commission’s Call For Advice, And Next Steps

by Cooley LLP on

The Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) came into force on 23 February 2016, and it must be transposed into the national laws of the Member States of the European Union by 23 February 2018. In the meantime, the European...more

OIG Approves Charitable Program Providing Financial Assistance for MRIs in Advisory Opinion 15-14

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On November 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 15-14. The Arrangement at issue is a charitable program designed to assist financially needy...more

OIG Approves Another Patient Assistance Program in Advisory Opinion 15-16

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On December 28, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved another patient assistance program in Advisory Opinion 15-16. The OIG analyzed contributions to a private charitable organization under the anti-kickback...more

Charity's Patient Assistance Program Passes OIG Muster in Advisory Opinion 15-17

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On December 28, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued OIG Advisory Opinion 15-17, approving a charity’s proposal to unveil a new patient assistance program dedicated to...more

OIG Issues (Another) Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-01

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On January 7, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued Advisory Opinion 16-01, approving yet another insurer’s proposed contract with a preferred hospital network. The...more

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