Monthly Archives: February 2016

Telehealth Private Pay Reimbursement: The Real Numbers

stethescopeAs you all know, the subject of telehealth reimbursement continues to vex the community. For example, Medicare lags far behind.  According to the Center for Telehealth and eHealth Law, Medicare reimbursed approximately $14 million total under its telehealth benefit for 2014.  This represents less than .0025 percent of the total Medicare reimbursed for services that year.  Medicaid is something of a mixed bag with the vast majority of states providing some coverage for telehealth, but many lagging in coverage and reimbursement for store-and-forward services and remote patient monitoring. Generally speaking, private payers have been ahead of the curve with the majority of states having parity laws in place requiring insurers to cover telehealth services in many circumstances.

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(Français) Mon stage chez RSS

J’ai commencé mon stage en septembre 2015 et ai été la plupart du temps le seul stagiaire au bureau.  Dès le début de mon stage, j’ai indiqué avoir une préférence pour la fiscalité et mon désir de m’impliquer dans le département de droit des affaires.  Puisque RSS est un cabinet multidisciplinaire et que nos stages ne sont pas rotatifs, j’ai aussi été impliqué dans des dossiers provenant de tous les départements, particulièrement en litige et en assurances.

Une journée typique de stagiaire chez RSS commence très tôt puisqu’il faut effectuer des vacations à la cour.  Les avocats et avocates de notre étude nous donnent souvent des requêtes / demandes à plaider.  Bien que je ne sois qu’à mi-chemin de mon stage, j’ai déjà fait des représentations devant plusieurs juges provenant de la Cour Supérieure et de la Cour du Québec.  De plus, notre bureau nous envoie de temps à autre dans des palais de justice en région pour plaider ses requêtes.  N’ayant pas grandi au Québec, ces mandats m’ont permis de découvrir les régions de la belle province et notamment, l’architecture unique et intéressante de quelques-uns palais de justice de régions…

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A Student’s Perspective – Rehearsed answers: a double edged sword?

I think everyone at some point in their lives, whether it be in the context of basketball practice, essay writing or music lessons has heard the age old adage: “practice makes perfect”. Does the same apply to the Course aux Stages interview process? The answer is not so black and white.

On one hand, it is imperative to be comfortable talking about yourself as the entire goal of the interview process is to get know you! Taking time to think about potential interview questions and how you would answer them is most a certainly a logical step in one’s Course aux Stages preparation. While wanting to put your best self forward by being prepared for a great opportunity like Course aux Stages is important, it is equally as important to put your most genuine self forward. Sometimes a rehearsed answer, no matter how many fascinating points it may include, can actually make it more difficult for the interviewers to get a real grasp of your personality.

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NLRB Rejects Employer’s Attempt to Restrict Content of Employees’ Emails Sent Over the Employer’s Email System

The recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) in Blommer Chocolate Company of California (PDF) addresses one of the issues left open in the wake of the Board’s earlier ruling in Purple Communications, Inc. – namely, the extent to which an employer may regulate the content of its employees’ emails sent over the workplace email system.  In Purple Communications, the Board concluded that an employee who is permitted to use the employer’s email system for non-work purposes is presumptively permitted to use that email system (during non-work time) to communicate with others about union-related issues.  While the Board did preserve an employer’s right to monitor its email system for “legitimate management reasons,” such as ensuring productivity or preventing harassment, it did not expressly define the contours of an employer’s ability to regulate the content of employees’ emails sent over the workplace email system.

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New method of calculating fines for violations in the area of exchange legislation

On 15 February 2016 the Federal Law № 30-FZ “On amendments to Article 15.25 of the Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation” (hereinafter – the “Law”) was published. These amendments relate to the mechanism of bringing to administrative liability for violating exchange legislation of the Russian Federation and acts of exchange regulation authorities.

The Law stipulates that past due and unfulfilled obligation of the resident to return to the Russian Federation monetary funds, paid to non-residents for the goods which were not supplied to the territory of the Russian Federation, works unperformed, services unrendered or non-transferred data or results of intellectual activity, entails imposition of administrative fine for officials and legal entities. 

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New procedure of issuers’ audit by the Central bank

In January 2016 the Directive of the Central Bank of Russia (hereinafter – the “CBRF”, the “Regulatory body”) on the procedure of conducting audit (inspections) of issuers, shareholders and other participants of corporate relations (hereinafter – the “Directive”) came into force.

Service of CBRF for protecting rights of financial services’ consumers and minority shareholders (hereinafter – the “Service”) upon requests from shareholders (investors) or public authorities shall conduct following kinds of inspections:

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Will the NLRB Follow the EEOC’s Lead on Disclosing Position Statements?

One of the questions asked of NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. following his presentation at this week’s meeting of the Committee on Developments Under the National Labor Relations Act of the American Bar Association was whether the National Labor Relations Board will follow the EEOC’s lead and adopt a practice of turning employers’ position statements in ULP investigations over to the unions and individuals who have filed the charges.

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Happy 7th Blogiversary to Zen & the Art of Legal Networking!

photo-1451653500993-04a9a6368221Although it’s officially tomorrow, I thought I’d use today to mark Zen & the Art of Legal Networking’s SEVENTH “blogiversary.” It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since I started blogging, and even more, that I’m still enjoying it. Here’s a roundup of the anniversary posts that I’ve done:

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OSHA Quietly Changes the Group of Small Businesses Exempt from Inspections

Valerie Butera

Valerie Butera

In a recently updated directive to Regional Administrators and State Plan Designees from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, the categories of small businesses exempt from programmed health and safety inspections changed.

This exemption applies to workplaces with 10 or fewer workers who perform work in industries OSHA deems low hazard.  OSHA identifies low hazard industries by studying the most recent results of mandatory surveys sent to employers in countless industries by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which collect information about how often employees were unable to perform their normal job duties because of workplace injuries or illnesses.  Those industries with the lowest numbers are included in the list.

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EEOC’s New Program to Disclose Employer Position Statements and Supporting Documents

Our colleague Laura A. Stutz has a Retail Employment Law Blog post that will be of interest to many of our hospitality industry readers: “EEOC Implements Nationwide Program to Disclose Employer Position Statements and Supporting Documents.”

Following is an excerpt:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently implemented nationwide procedures for the release of employer position statements to Charging Parties upon request. The new procedures raise concerns about disclosure by the EEOC of non-public personnel and commercial or financial information the employer may disclose to support its position with regard to the Charge.

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