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Physicians Face Medicare Payment Reform Under MACRA Final Rule Implementing the Quality Payment Program

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an over 2,000 page final rule implementing the Quality Payment Program under the 2015 Medicare Access and…

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Employers Will Ring in the New Year With a New I-9 Form

The anticipation of the new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is almost over.  The White House Office of Management and Budget recently approved the new version of the…

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Class and Collective Action Waivers in Employment

The U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly has affirmed the enforceability under the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. (FAA) of class action waivers. For example, in AT&T Mobility…

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FTC And Justice Department Issue Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals

While most business executives understand that the antitrust laws bar them from colluding with competitors on the prices charged for the goods and services they sell, some are unaware that…

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USCIS Increases Benefit Application Fees by 21 Percent

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is set to publish a final rule in The Federal Register on October 24, 2016 setting forth a benefits application fee increase by a…

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Selecting and Negotiating Contracts with Electronic Health Record Vendors: ONC Publishes Useful Guidance

On September 26, 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a 53-page guide to assist health care providers in selecting and negotiating the acquisition…

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Nursing Homes Face Sweeping Regulatory Reform

A regulatory tsunami swept through the nursing home industry last week bringing with it  widespread revisions to regulations that date back twenty-five (25) years.  Nursing homes have been left reeling…

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Additional Passport Provisions under the FAST Act: Omitting or Providing an Incorrect SSN Could Lead to Denial of Passport

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”)  was signed into law (Pub. L. No. 114-94).  The FAST Act provides detailed infrastructure planning and funding that…

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New York’s Highest Court Limits the Admissibility of Previous OPMC Findings

In the recent case of Mazella v. Beals, 2016 N.Y. Slip Op.05812, the plaintiff alleged that her husband received substandard medical treatment resulting in his suicide.  She specifically claimed that…

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USCIS to Implement Parole Policy for U Visa Petitioners and Qualifying Family Members Living Abroad

On September 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its intention to adopt a parole policy for U visa petitioners and any qualifying family members living abroad. This…

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