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FNE: estructura de Metrogas arriesgaría la libre competencia

Fecha de publicación: febrero 10, 2015

El ente regulador también advirtió la eventual existencia de un “alto” grado de integración vertical en la industria nacional del gas natural.

Fuente: La Tercera

1344566105_pdf FND: estructura de Metrogas arriesga…

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Aninat in Chilean supermarket buy

Fecha de publicación: febrero 10, 2015

Fuente: Latin Lawyer

1344566105_pdf LL Aninat in Chilean supermarket buy

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Psychological employment injuries: must the employer foot the bill?

February 18, 2015 — The number of files presented to the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (“CSST”) by workers who allege having sustained psychological damage injury is on the rise. Such a condition may allow the worker to obtain compensation, provided he has suffered an “employment injury” under the law.

But how can working conditions be the cause of a psychological employment injury?

If one of your employees files such a claim, will you eventually have to suffer some consequences?

To learn more, click here to read comments by Jacques Bélanger and Jason S. Novak on a recent case.

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Preparing Your Lab for the Next Round of Payer Audits (Richard Cooper and Jane Pine Wood)

Get the latest intelligence and timely information about all that is happening regarding how Medicare program officials and private health insurers are now auditing laboratories, challenging claims, and looking into medical necessity with an all-new webinar, “Preparing Your Lab for the Next Round of Payer Audits: Emerging Issues with Out-of-Network Billing, Medical Necessity, and Other Payer Concerns,” on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 1PM EST.

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Shutts & Bowen and EXP Legal work together to bridge the World Fair Milan EXPO 2015 and Miami, by co organizing the March 12 Global Miami “Food, health & culture” conference

Expo Milano 2015, themed “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015 (ww.expo2015.org/en). Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. The Expo expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.

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The Lenovo/Superfish Scandal: What You Need to Know

superfishReports in the last week stated that the computer manufacturer Lenovo had preloaded software onto various lines of computers which critically compromised cybersecurity. The software in question is a product called Superfish Visual Discovery, a program generally designed to replace advertisements seen while browsing the Internet with ads provided by Superfish. However, the method of implementation opens up a universe of potential problems.

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New land valuations for 2015

More than one million properties are due to receive new land valuations for rating, land tax and State land rental purposes. Landowners have the right to object to the valuation of their property, but strict timeframes and requirements apply.

New land valuations

The Valuer-General is due to issue new valuations for 29 local government areas across Queensland, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns, in March. More…

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“Ex-Members of Congress Weigh Comebacks After Bashing It,” Steve LaTourette quoted in National Journal

February 23, 2015 Many members of Congress don’t mince words about the place on their way out. But that doesn’t keep some of them from trying to return.

In his final days on Capitol Hill, one-term Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego slammed Congress as the “least productive” and “most unpopular” in history. Weeks earlier, then-Rep. Brad Schneider told The Daily Herald that gridlock was “pervasive and frustrating,” blocking “so many important issues we should be dealing with.”

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Healthcare and Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Alert: March 1 deadline approaching for HIPAA covered entities to submit breach reports

HIPAA covered entities (healthcare providers, health plans or healthcare clearinghouses) that discovered a breach of Protected Health Information (PHI) in 2014 involving fewer than 500 individuals are required to report those breaches by March 1, 2015.

The HITECH Breach Notification Rule requires covered entities to notify the affected individuals and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (and in some cases, the media) of breaches of unsecured PHI, and requires business associates (generally, contractors or vendors who perform services or functions for covered entities and have access to PHI) to notify covered entities of breaches of unsecured PHI. In 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of HHS revised the standard for determining whether a breach occurred. Any use or disclosure of unsecured PHI that is not permitted under the HIPAA Privacy Rule is now presumed to be a breach and, therefore, triggers the notification obligations, unless either the incident satisfies one of three relatively narrow exceptions, or the covered entity or business associate demonstrates a low probability that PHI has been compromised, based on a risk assessment of at least four factors as set forth in the Breach Notification Rule. The prior definition of “breach” (which was in effect prior to Sept. 23, 2013) focused on a “risk of harm” analysis.

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CMS Hosts MLN Connects National Provider Call to Review New CCM CPT Code

CMSProviders, take note: the Chronic Care Management (CCM) CPT Code 99490 is now payable by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Effective January 1, 2015, the Medicare program began making payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for certain non-face-to-face management and care coordination services provided to beneficiaries covered under the traditional Medicare fee-for-service program. CCM services include, but are not limited to, development and maintenance of a plan of care, communication with other treating health care professionals, and medication management. In order to be eligible for CCM services, beneficiaries must have two or more chronic conditions, expected to last at least 12 months or until the death of the beneficiary. Claims for CCM services are payable on a monthly basis, must include at least 20 minutes of qualifying services, and are subject to beneficiary coinsurance and deductibles. Information on the availability of CCM services must be conveyed to the beneficiary through a face-to-face visit and the beneficiary must consent to receiving such services. Only one Medicare provider can provide and be paid for CCM services provided to an individual beneficiary during each calendar month.

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