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Medicare fraud crackdown leads to charges against 90 people for $260 million in false billing

Medicare fraud crackdown leads to charges against 90 people for $260 million in false billing

On May 13, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that charges had been filed against 90 individuals, including 27 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, for engaging in schemes to defraud Medicare. The charged individuals are alleged to have collectively defrauded Medicare of nearly $260 ... Read More »

The Obama administration proposes rules that allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment in the United States

The Obama administration proposes rules that allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to obtain employment in the United States

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, the Obama administration unveiled proposed rules that would grant employment authorization to spouses of skilled workers (H-1B visas holders) that have been sponsored by their employers for permanent employment in the United States. Currently, 85,000 new H-1B visas are issued each year, 20,000 of which ... Read More »

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

New HHS risk assessment tool designed to facilitate HIPAA/HITECH compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released a new security risk assessment tool for the purpose of aiding covered entities and business associates in their never-ending duty of ensuring HIPAA/HITECH compliance with their operations.Under HIPAA/HITECH, covered entities and business associates must conduct regular risk assessments of ... Read More »

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

FDA issues “deeming regulations” covering additional tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and cigars

On April 24, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its long-awaited proposed regulations (Deeming Regulations) to bring electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, water pipe (hookah) tobacco, dissolvables and nicotine gels (Newly Covered Products) under the agency’s tobacco regulatory authority. The Deeming Regulations would subject Newly Covered Products to ... Read More »

Appellate court rules that trial court failed to consider city ordinance prohibiting workplace discrimination

Appellate court rules that trial court failed to consider city ordinance prohibiting workplace discrimination

In October 2011, James Hoover, assistant superintendent in charge of operations at the City of Elyria’s water pumping plant, made several racially discriminatory comments toward Lamont Jackson, an African-American, part-time employee; calling him “Black Buck,” “Big Black Buck,” and “BBB” throughout the work day. These comments were made in front ... Read More »

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review ability of subsequent buyer to claim breach of implied warranty against construction contractor

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review ability of subsequent buyer to claim breach of implied warranty against construction contractor

In Conway v. Cutler Group, Inc., 57 A.3d 155 (Pa. Super 2012), the Pennsylvania Superior Court held for the first time that a subsequent buyer of a home, who has no contractual privity with the contractor, can nonetheless assert claims against the contractor for beach of the implied warranty of ... Read More »

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