Monthly Archives: March 2012

Andrej Rudanov on the legal environment and possibilities of investing into health care

Andrej Rudanov, senior associate of law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, together with VšĮ MTVC (Training, Research and Development Centre) participated in the public presentation of the analysis on private fund raising for Lithuanian inpatient health care institutions, which was given on 22 March 2012. During the event A. Rudanov introduced the current legal regulation, proposals for its improvement and changes with the aim to implement the models discussed in the analysis, answered the participants’ questions. During the performance of the analysis, A. Rudanov was in charge of the legal part of the analysis.

During the public presentation, the participants actively discussed the legal environment of possible investments and its changes, the current national policy on this issue, setting of quality criteria for health care services, pricing of health care services and principles of its formation.

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Article by associate Karolis Vinciūnas

The magazine Energijos Erdvė published an article “Possibilities for new users of renewable energy resources restricted” by Karolis Vinciūnas, an associate of law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE.

Click here to read the publication (available in Lithuanian).

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: The Sweetest Sound

It has been an unusually busy month of travel for me here at the ILN – I did the calculation the other day and realized that by next Tuesday, I will have flown 32,346 miles in 34 days.

Whew.

So I’m gratefully bringing you another excellent rainmaking recommendation from expert Jaimie Field while I’m circling the globe again – and Jaimie’s writing on something that’s near and dear to my heart: getting a person’s name right. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been addressed as “Lindsey” by someone looking to do business with me, when the correct spelling is part of my email address. And don’t get me started on people who think my name is Wendy! 

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Restrictions on Exploration in Queensland Urban Areas

The Queensland Government recently released proposed laws restricting coal, mineral and gas activities in Queensland’s urban areas. The changes were first announced last year -see our September 2011 report.

Declaration of urban restricted areas limiting resource activities

The proposed changes allow the Minister to declare areas as ‘ Urban Restricted Areas’ (URAs). The declaration will affect existing mining and petroleum tenements. Also the release of new petroleum tenure will be restricted within URAs as will the application for new mining tenements. More…

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Queensland duty changes for exploration and prospecting permits

In its January 2012 mid year economic review the Queensland Government announced its intention to change the Queensland stamp duty laws so that direct and indirect transfers of ownership of mineral and petroleum exploration and prospecting permits will become subject to duty.

Presently, only mineral and petroleum leases, which are characterised as ‘land’ under the Queensland Duties Act 2001, attract duty under the transfer duty and ‘landholder’ provisions. The landholder (previously called the ‘land rich’) provisions currently impose duty on acquisitions of prescribed levels of interest in corporations that own mineral or petroleum lease assets, but not resource exploration and development rights. More…

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Fair Work Ombudsman targets Queensland aged care sector

The Fair Work Ombudsman has today issued a media release identifying that it is reviewing the employment arrangements of up to 125 nursing homes and retirement villages in Queensland in response to complaints by employees and other stakeholders.

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Andrej Rudanov on the legal environment and possibilities of investing into health care

Andrej Rudanov, senior associate of law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE, together with VšĮ MTVC (Training, Research and Development Centre) participated in the public presentation of the analysis on private fund raising for Lithuanian inpatient health care institutions, which was given on 22 March 2012. During the event A. Rudanov introduced the current legal regulation, proposals for its improvement and changes with the aim to implement the models discussed in the analysis, answered the participants’ questions. During the performance of the analysis, A. Rudanov was in charge of the legal part of the analysis.

During the public presentation, the participants actively discussed the legal environment of possible investments and its changes, the current national policy on this issue, setting of quality criteria for health care services, pricing of health care services and principles of its formation.

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Article by associate Karolis Vinciūnas

The magazine Energijos Erdvė published an article “Possibilities for new users of renewable energy resources restricted” by Karolis Vinciūnas, an associate of law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE.

Click here to read the publication (available in Lithuanian).

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HEALTH REFORM: CMS Issues Final Rule Modifying Restrictions on "Direct Solicitation" of Beneficiaries by DMEPOS Suppliers; Changes to Other DMEPOS Supplier Safeguards

On March 9, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS“) released a final rule (“Final Rule“) that makes various modifications to the durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (“DMEPOS“) supplier standards (codified at 42 C.F.R. § 424.57(c)). The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2012, with an effective date 30 days later (i.e., April 13, 2012).

Among the various changes the Final Rule makes to the supplier standards is one modification that focuses on the marketing of DMEPOS and, specifically, removes a definition of “direct solicitation” of Medicare beneficiaries. CMS indicates that its definition of the phrase “direct solicitation” was not feasible and had been “criticized as being overly broad as it covered some types of marketing activity outside the bounds of what we intended to prohibit under our regulations.” As a result, the prohibition on the “direct solicitation” of Medicare beneficiaries has returned to its original limitation on telephonic contact.

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Copyright Termination Rights Create Quandaries for Music Licensees

Brewing battles between artists and music companies over ownership rights could pose a significant liability problem for producers of commercials, motion pictures, television programs, digital content and others who seek to use musical works.

For agencies, advertisers, producers, networks, studios and other music licensees with an ear for disco and late 70’s classic rock, life is about to become more complicated. Beginning in 2013, some of the most popular musical works of this era are likely to be at the center of a hard-fought battle over ownership rights. More…

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