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Take-Aways from CMS’ Recent Listening Session Regarding E/M Services: Documentation Guidelines and Burden Reduction

On March 21, 2018, a representative from the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group at the CMS, held a listening session regarding proposed updates to documentation guidelines for Evaluation and Management (“E/M”) Services. The...more

Working Wise: Navigating State and Local Paid Sick Leave Laws

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode, we discuss issues employers should be aware of regarding the ever-increasing number of state and local laws that require employers to provide paid sick leave....more

Michigan Court of Appeals Offers Guidance to Employers in Documenting Reasons for Hiring, Promotions

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 1, 2018, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion which offers employers guidance regarding ways to document the reasoning behind hiring, promotion, and termination decisions to overcome allegations of...more

CMS issues new documentation rules for medical students

by Dentons on

On February 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the documentation requirements associated with medical student entries in the medical record. Previously, when medical students entered notes in...more

USCIS Publishes Policy Memorandum on H-1B Third-Party Worksite Requirements

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a memorandum establishing its policy relating to H-1B petitions filed for employees who will be working at one or more third-party worksites. ...more

CMS Announces Change to Student Documentation Requirement Intended to Reduce Burden on Teaching Physicians

On February 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Transmittal 3971 (Change Request 10412), which revises a section of the Medicare Claims Processing Manual (Manual), that provides guidance...more

Federal Regulatory Applications as to Supply Chain Management

Will the current U.S. government import/export regulations or their possible changes impact your 2018 business operations? Does any portion of the supply chain that supports your acquisitions of commercial or operational...more

Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

FMLA FAQ: If an Employee Racks Up Both FMLA and Unexcused Absences, Can He Be Terminated?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Here’s a puzzle for you. How would you handle it? Mary Beth is a nurse for a local hospital and has been diagnosed with cancer and asthma. 1. She is certified for FMLA leave for her cancer and asthma; 2. She incurs...more

Recent Case Highlights Risks of Paying Physicians for Routine Duties - Signed writing required, informal documentation may not be...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Payments to physicians, even for routine, necessary duties, may cause referrals to the entity making the payments to be "prohibited referrals" under the Stark Law. This means the hospital or other entity should not have...more

SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance Publishes Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I on Shareholder Proposals

On November 1, 2017, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (SLB No. 14I) to offer guidance on the scope and application of Rules...more

Are you ready to travel abroad for the holidays?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and begin planning for renewals if necessary. Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of...more

Targeted ICE Investigations - in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a record $95 million plea deal for I-9 immigration violations following a six year investigation, the outcome for a Pennsylvania company with operations nationwide serves as a reminder of the federal...more

Are Land Use Fees the Solution to Long Island’s Fiscal Challenges? – Part 3

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In this post, which is the third and final segment of a three-part series, we look at real property recording and related fees, which have increased significantly in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in recent years. Like illegal...more

Documentation Relief For Hardship Distributions

by Fisher Phillips on

Retirement plans are permitted, but not required, to provide in-service distributions of elective deferrals to participants if they can show financial hardship, which is defined as a hardship that is “deemed to be on account...more

Are you ready for summer travel?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Vacation season is just around the corner. Whether you are a visa holder, tourist or U.S. permanent resident, organizing your travel documents is a critical part of international travel. Discovering an expired document too...more

Revocation of Enrollment in the Medicare Program- A Powerful Weapon in Medicare’s Arsenal

by Burr & Forman on

In 2014, CMS issued a final rule related to 42 CFR 424.535, which gave CMS expanded authority to impose penalties on providers. Although the rule is several years old, the first version published in 2006, the rule has been...more

The MHRA issues new guidance concerning Own Brand Labelling or "Virtual Manufacturing"

by Hogan Lovells on

On 29 March 2017, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published a new guidance (hereafter “Guidance“) concerning the Own Brand Labelling of medical devices in the United Kingdom. The Guidance,...more

Top 10 Issues to Consider When Posting Workers in France

by Littler on

“Posting of workers,” a common practice within the European Union, refers to the assignment of an employee to work in another EU Member State (the "host country") on a temporary basis. Under this arrangement, also known as a...more

Are You Keeping the Right Documentation for 401(k) Hardship Distributions?

401(k) plans may allow an employee to receive a distribution of elective contributions (employee deferrals) on account of a hardship. The regulations provide that a distribution is made on account of hardship only if the...more

Canada: Ontario Human Rights Commission Releases Policy Statement on Medical Documentation and Disability-Related Accommodation...

by Littler on

On February 1, 2017, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) released a new policy statement on medical documentation and disability-related accommodation requests. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the...more

European Margin Rules for Non-cleared OTC Derivatives – The Margin Big Bang

by White & Case LLP on

After a six-month delay, the rules governing the mandatory posting of collateral for uncleared derivatives entered into force on 4 January 2017. By 1 March 2017, all in-scope counterparties will be obliged to post variation...more

Puerto Rico Treasury Issues New Guidance on Rules and Procedures for Qualification of Retirement Plans

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The Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the “PR Treasury”) issued Tax Policy Circular Letter No. 16-08 on December 23, 2016 (“CL 16-08”). CL 16-08 establishes new rules regarding the validity of retirement plan...more

Implementing a Compliant Successor in Interest Confirmation Process Will Pose Significant Challenges for Mortgage Servicers

Arguably the most significant element of the recent amendments to the existing mortgage servicing regulatory framework by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the new structure that has been laid out for dealing...more

Diallo’s Of Houston to Pay $139,366 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Nightclub Made Unlawful HIV Medical Inquiry, Then Fired Employee, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that Diallo's of Houston, a Houston-area...more

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