Uncloaking Pharmacy Benefit Managers to Promote Market Competition

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are the intermediary between payers and everyone else in the healthcare industry.  After years of gaining and consolidating power, their actions have captured the ire of…

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New Proposed Rules Allow Nursing Homes To Use Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

On June 6, 2017, the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule allowing Nursing Homes to use pre-dispute arbitration agreements, including as a condition for admission….

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Ransomware: What Is It and How Is It Treated Under HIPAA? [Part 1 of 2]

Sophisticated ransomware has emerged as a major global security threat.  On May 12, 2017, there were over 75,000 ransomware attacks on 99 countries that impacted businesses, including several hospitals in…

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Decision Limits Justice Center Authority

In a case challenging the constitutionality of the legislation establishing the Justice Center, an Albany County Supreme Court Justice has issued a decision dismissing an indictment and ruling that the…

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CBP Statistics Show Steady Increase of Electronic Device Searches

On April 11, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released statistics related to searches of electronic devices during the process of admitting individuals to the United States.  While less…

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Immigration Attorney Jill Apa Appears on CBC’s On The Money

Barclay Damon Immigration Attorney Jill Apa was a featured guest on the CBC’s On The Money program discussing how “extreme vetting” could affect Canadians visiting the U.S.

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Erie County Takes Action Against Nursing Homes

Erie County is adding to the myriad of laws already imposed on nursing homes by the State and Federal government.  On March 24th, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced…

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U.S. District Court In Hawaii Issues TRO to Block Second Travel Ban the Day Before it is Set to Take Effect

On March 15th, the day before President Trump’s second travel ban was set to take effect, a U.S. District Judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order to block its…

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WOTUS Rule Rescinded

On March 6, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Army Corps”) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) officially announced their intention to rescind or revise a final rule…

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USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of H-1B Premium Processing

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that as of April 3, 2017, premium processing for all H-1B petitions will be temporarily suspended.  The suspension may last up…

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