Monthly Archives: April 2011

HEALTH REFORM: Making Accountable Care a Reality: Multiple Federal Agencies Issue Proposed Guidance on the Medicare Shared Savings Program

On March 31, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released for public comment a much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking implementing the voluntary Medicare Shared Savings Program (the “Program”) for accountable care organizations (ACOs). Also on March 31, the Office of Inspector General, along with CMS, released a Notice with Comment Period to solicit comments regarding proposed waivers from the federal health care program fraud and abuse laws for provider payments made in connection with the Program. On the same day, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice issued a Notice with Comment Period soliciting comments regarding a “Proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program,” and the Internal Revenue Service issued a notice outlining its analysis of tax-exempt organization participation in Medicare ACOs.

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Don’t Forget the Tip! DOL issues new regulations for tipped employees

Not even the United States Department of Labor (DOL) forgets the tip. On April 5, 2011, the DOL amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations for tipped employees. The regulations require employers with tipped employees to take action before the regulations take effect on May 5, 2011. Here are a few “tips” for employers regarding the new regulations:

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Quarter Day March 2011

To access a pdf copy of the March edition of our real estate newsletter, Quarter Day, please click on the following document link.

Fladgate LLP Quarter Day March 2011.pdf

 

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The Legal 500 continues to recommend Lidings in the key practice areas

The Legal 500 continues to recommend Lidings in the key practice areas

Recognized in 2010 as the foreign business advisory law firm of the year in Russia, Lidings continues to strengthen its positions in the leading international directory The Legal 500.

This year Lidings has been once again recognized by international directory The Legal 500 for its expertise in two key practice areas – corporate and M&A and dispute resolution along with such law firms as PricewaterhouseCoopers CIS Law Offices, Jones Day, Vinson & Elkins, Mannheimer Swartling, Orrick, Noerr, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Currently Lidings advises more than 140 foreign companies from 24 countries, being the only Russian law firm focused on providing legal services to foreign business.

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CMS Releases Proposed Rules for Accountable Care Organizations

On March 31, 2011, CMS released its proposed rules for public review and comment relating to Medicare payments for health care providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

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WRAP-UP POLICIES AND SUBROGATION

In Intact Compagnie d’assurance c. Pétrifond Fondation Compagnie Ltée (published at EYB 2010-180758 (C.S), Justice Geneviève Marcotte of the Superior Court attenuated the general principle regarding the waiver of subrogation by the wrap-up insurer against subcontractors and professionals who are insured under this type of civil liability insurance policy.

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