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|HHS Releases Reminder about HIPAA Rules in Wake of Ebola Outbreak|
Lisa M. Luetkemeyer; Husch Blackwell LLP;
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 11, 2014The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a bulletin on Nov. 10 reminding entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that the protections continue to be in effect during emergencies, including Ebola...
|More Cases, More Settlements at the ASBCA in FY 2014|
Thomas F. Rath; Husch Blackwell LLP;
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 18, 2014The docket of the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals continued its steady growth last year, according to the Board’s FY 2014 statistical report. In fact, the 1,066 appeals pending on the date of the report is slightly more than twice the number pending on the same date in 2009.
|Tenn. Federal Court OKs Extrapolation to Establish Liability in False Claims Act Case|
Kevin P. McCart, Kelly Schulz; Husch Blackwell LLP;
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee answered what it acknowledged was a novel question: whether statistical sampling and extrapolation are appropriate to establish liability under the False Claims Act (FCA). The court found the government could extrapolate from a sample of...
|IRS Notice Provides More Flexibility to Rev. Proc. 97-13|
Kimberly K. Gibbens; Husch Blackwell LLP;
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 25, 2014The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) issued Notice 2014-67 on Oct. 24, 2014, to “amplify” Revenue Procedure 97-13 by (i) creating a new five-year safe harbor for management contracts, and (ii) expanding the permitted types of productivity awards allowed.
|Beware of FCC’s New Rules & Deadlines on Handling Telecommunications Equipment|
Ronald D. Richards; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
December 8, 2014, previously published on November 24, 2014Our newsletters have often updated you on the changing landscape and new laws that impact how a municipality may handle a request to install wireless telecommunications equipment and facilities ¿ such as a cell tower and related equipment. Our May 2013 newsletter noted that the FCC was going...
|HHS: No Sensational News Exception to HIPAA. Health Care Providers Should Plan Now for Dealing with Ebola Publicity|
Paul Gillan; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014Many people in the general public - and most in the health care industry - would recognize the names Eric Duncan (who died of Ebola in a U.S. hospital), Nina Pham (who contracted Ebola through exposure in a U.S. hospital) and Kaci Hickox (who was subjected to quarantine due to potential exposure to...
|Canada Introduces Economic Sanctions for South Sudan|
Vincent DeRose, Jennifer Radford; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 18, 2014In response to the continuing conflict in South Sudan, including allegations of crimes against humanity, the Government of Canada has implemented targeted sanctions against particular individuals believed responsible for the violence. These new sanctions are effective as of October 23, 2014.
|“How Dare You Charge That for a Spare Part!” - The Untold Story of the X27 Interface Assembly|
John W. Chierichella; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 21, 2014The pricing of spare parts has been a subject of Government criticism for decades. Pick up any DCAA or IG audit report relating to spare parts or any intra-agency memorandum on the topic and you will sense the dudgeon with which the Government reacts to the prices of those parts.
|Highlights of the Speech from the Throne - Third Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature November 17th, 2014|
Colin MacDonald, Beth Reimer-Heck; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
December 5, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014On Monday November 17th, 2014, his Honour the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, delivered the Prentice Government’s first Speech from the Throne marking the opening of the third session of the 28th Legislature of Alberta and laying out the Government’s legislative...
|Can a Member of Local Bank Board Serve on the Board of a Hospital Service District?|
Jacob Simpson; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
December 5, 2014, previously published on October 13, 2014According to the Louisiana Board of Ethics a bank board member can serve on the board of directors for a hospital service district. See La Ethics Opinions 2002-094 and 2002-197, relying on La R.S. 39:1233.1.