Monthly Archives: April 2015

Two for Tuesdays: Challenges to Content Marketing

It feels good to be getting back into the routine after being away at LMA15! You’ll still be seeing a couple more recap posts from me (two, perhaps three), but today, we’re back to our regularly scheduled Two for Tuesdays, and yes, we’re still looking at content marketing.

As expected, content marketing was the buzz of the LMA too, and it’s not going away any time soon. Lest you start to panic, law firms have been producing content long before it was “cool” to do so – we’ve just now got a name for it. 

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Ready for an OIG Security Audit?

At HIMSS15 in Chicago I had the pleasure of speaking with my colleague, Dave Schoolcraft, regarding the OIG Security Audits. These in depth security audits conducted not by the OCR or CMS, but rather the Office of Inspector General, delve into the security systems of Eligible Hospitals (and potentially Eligible Professionals) participating in the EHR […]

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For more information please visit www.omwhealthlaw.com or click on the headline above.

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ILN Today Post

IRS Issues Final Regulations for Charitable Hospitals

Congressional scrutiny of tax-exempt hospital organizations arose as the distinction between tax-exempt and for-profit hospitals has been diminished by the federal government’s provision of Medicare and Medicaid to cover services that tax-exempt hospitals previously provided for free. The overhaul of the healthcare system has brought even more Congressional scrutiny, requiring hospital organizations to be very proactive in ensuring they continue to meet the original requirements for tax exemption, as well as new more rigorous requirements.

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), enacted March 23, 2010, added new requirements for Section 501(c)(3) organizations that operate one or more hospital facilities (hospital organizations). On a facility by facility basis, each hospital facility is required to meet the following four general requirements: More…

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ILN Today Post

Validity Of Waste Permit Doesn’t Depend Upon “Zero Environmental Risk”

On March 20, 2015 the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board in Shawinigan Residents Assn. v British Columbia (Directors Delegate, Environmental Management Act) (2015 CarswellBC 802) confirmed the validity of a waste permit, subject to an amendment requiring the monitoring of water quality immediately following a storm event greater than 1 in 200 years. The permit authorized refuse to be discharged to ground as well as effluent to an ephemeral stream from a contaminated soil treatment facility and a landfill. The contaminated soil would be processed through bioremediation and landfilling. The landfilling would involve soil encapsulation in engineered cells. More…

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Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy

The Ontario government recently published a Discussion Paper on Renewing Ontario’s Mineral Development Strategy. The document is available on the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines website: http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/en/mines-and-minerals/mineral-development-strategy.

The Discussion Paper is described as a “first step in the development of a renewed mineral development strategy for Ontario.” The Discussion Paper notes progress made since the launch of the government’s 2006 mineral development strategy, particularly the enactment of an amended Mining Act in 2009, which recognized and affirmed existing Aboriginal and treaty rights in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, including the duty to consult with Aboriginal communities and to minimize the impact of mining activities on public health and safety and the environment. More…

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DAVIS MALM ASSISTS LONG-STANDING CLIENT CLEAN HARBORS, INC. WITH ACQUISITION OF THERMO FLUIDS, INC.

Davis Malm attorneys C. Michael Malm, John D. Chambliss, and Daniel T. Janis represented long-standing client Clean Harbors, Inc. (NYSE: CLH) in its recent $85 million acquisition of Thermo Fluids Inc. from Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of full-cycle environmental solutions to the energy end market. With Thermo Fluids’ range of environmental services already in 21 U.S. states, this strategic acquisition aims to expand Clean Harbors’ environmental services customer base and achieve incremental volumes into its hazardous waste disposal facilities. Additionally, Clean Harbors expects to leverage Thermo Fluids’ highly scalable platform of collection facilities, storage capabilities, rail assets and transportation fleet with its existing re-refining infrastructure.

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David Austin appears on the CKNW Energy Show

David Austin was featured on CKNW AM 980’s Energy Show (see April 19th at 7pm), a program that explores today’s changing energy landscape. Along with the President of Highnet Energy Inc., David Clark-Wilson (not affiliated with Clark Wilson LLP) and the Co-Founder of the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, Alison Thompson, David discussed geothermal energy and energy performance improvement.

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Defendant Property Insurer Need Not Pay Claim Before Issuing Third Party Notice Against Those Responsible for Damage

By Jennifer R. Loeb

A recent BC Supreme Court decision in The Owners, Strata Plan 4249 v. Travelers Insurance Company of Canada confirms that an insurer defending itself in a first party policy lawsuit is entitled to issue third party notices for subrogation against those responsible for the loss.

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How We Buy What You Sell – and How That’s Changing – A Recap

I’m still recovering from the whirlwind that was #LMA15 – it’s always a festival of education, networking, mentorship, relationship-building, thought leadership, and having amazing, thought-provoking conversations about our industry and where its headed. And I love every minute of it.

But one of my favorite parts, as you know, is the general counsel panel.  This year’s panel was focused on “How we buy what you sell – and how that’s changing.” I had the pleasure of speaking with two of the three panelists in advance of the session, Joe Otterstetter of 3M and Virginia Sanzone of CareFusion, and their comments during the session were very much in line with our conversations. 

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April 23 Complimentary Webinar Concerning EEOC Wellness Regulations

To register for this complimentary webinar, please click here.

I’d like to recommend an upcoming complimentary webinar, “EEOC Wellness Regulations – What Do They Mean for Employer-Sponsored Programs? (April 23, 2015, 12:00 p.m. EDT) presented by my Epstein Becker Green colleagues Frank C. Morris, Jr. and Adam C. Solander.

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