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National Provider Call on Reviewing Open Payments Program Year 2016 Data – Registration Now Open

National Provider Call on Reviewing Open Payments Program Year 2016 Data – Registration Now Open Thursday April 13, 2017 1:30pm – 3:00pm (ET) REGISTER HERE Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...

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Fourth Circuit Adds New Test for Joint Employer

The Fourth Circuit recently ruled that a general contractor was the joint employer of employees of its subcontractor for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Important NEW test for whether a prime is...

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Trump Travel-Ban Injunction in Virginia

Judge Leonie Brinkema (who is noted for having presided over several trials for terrorism) Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those...

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OCR and ONC Release New HIPAA Fact Sheet

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have released a new Fact Sheet that explains how the HIPAA Rules permit disclosures of Protected...

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HHS Q&A: Electronic Informed Consent

Recommendations on the use of electronic systems and processes that may employ multiple electronic media to obtain informed consent for both HHS regulated human subject research and FDA regulated clinical investigations of medical products,...

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OIG Amends Safe Harbors to Anti-Kickback Statute

OIG amends the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute by adding new safe harbors that protect certain payment practices and business arrangements from sanctions under the anti-kickback statute. The OIG also amends the civil...

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COFC Kills DOL Solicitation on IP Grounds

The Court of Federal Claims killed a Department of Labor solicitation for workplace safety training, on the grounds that DOL was demanding needlessly broad access to contractor intellectual property and that the DOL failed...

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Ethics Letter Required for Current/Former DoD Officials to Move to Private Contractors

DFARS § 252.203-7000, which is included in DoD solicitations and contracts, prohibits a contractor from providing compensation to a covered current or former DoD official without first determining that the official has sought and received...

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SBA Decision Upheld in Court

The Court of Federal Claims upheld an  SBA decision on a veteran-owned business’s eligibility for its small business program, ruling that SBA could find the company ineligible for small business contracts based on an...

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HIPAA Settlement Highlights Importance of Safeguards When Using Internet Applications

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules with the U.S. Department of Health...

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