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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Eighth Circuit Antitrust Limitations Decision Reveals Circuit Split

On August 25, 2016, in a 2-1 decision, the Eighth Circuit ruled that the statute of limitations required dismissal of a price-fixing suit, rejecting plaintiffs’ argument that the statutory period…

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New Proposed Immigration Rule To Benefit Foreign Entrepreneurs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has proposed the “International Entrepreneur Rule”, which will soon be published as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in The Federal Register.  If the proposed rule…

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Health Information Exchange Eyes Implementation of Emergency Department Information Exchange

HEALTHeLINK, the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) for the eight counties of Western New York, is considering a pilot program for Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) as a supplement to…

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Pitfalls of Self-Representation in Immigration Matters

As attorneys, we often are asked whether the assistance of a lawyer really is necessary when applying for immigration benefits.  This is especially true in the context of family-based immigration…

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Wage Suit Against Hospital Highlights The Dangers Of “Auto-Docking” For Meal Breaks

The practice of automatically deducting a set amount of time (e.g., 30 minutes) from employees’ pay to account for meal breaks, instead of having employees actually clock in and out…

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