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Monthly Archives: November 2018
While the opioid crisis has inspired a wave of new legislation by Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has continued to increase its own response to the prevalent rate of opioid-related drug crimes with a number of new initiatives.
Howard & Howard’s Alex Leonowicz Named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly ‘Up & Coming Lawyers’ Class of 2018
Royal Oak, Michigan, November 6, 2018: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Alex Leonowicz has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly ‘Up & Coming Lawyers’ Class of 2018. The 30 Honorees were selected by a committee based on criteria including those who have established a name for themselves in the legal community, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 or fewer years of practice.
On November 2, 2018 CMS announced the finalization of the 2019 OPPS and ASC payment rules which were initially proposed in July of 2018.  While the final document will not be officially published until November 21st, an Inspection Copy is available for the public to review on the Federal Register website. These new payment rules in many ways expand the range of services that CMS will reimburse when performed at Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), most notably, by including certain cardiac catheterization procedures on the approved list, and by lowering the threshold that determines allowable device intensive procedures.
Massachusetts Employers Must Complete New Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure Form by November 30
Massachusetts employers with six or more employees are required to annually submit the new Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (“HIRD”) form, regardless of whether they offer health insurance to their employees or not. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued guidance on the new HIRD reporting requirements. An individual is considered to be an employee if the employer has included such individual in the quarterly wage report to the Department of Unemployment Assistance during the past 12 months. The new HIRD form only consists of a single employer form, which only needs to be completed once annually. The old HIRD form consisted of an employer form and an employee form, which required separate forms completed and signed by each employee who declined to enroll in employer-sponsored insurance (“ESI”) or the Employer’s Section 125 Cafeteria Plan to pay for health insurance.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the ninth consecutive year, collaboratively announced the release of the “Best Law Firms” rankings. Shutts & Bowen was named to the 2019 list.
Voor een succesvolle faillissementsaanvraag moet sprake zijn van meerdere schuldeisers. De Minister van SZW voert daarom in zijn verzoekschrift tot faillietverklaring van X, naast zijn eigen vordering, een vordering van de Belastingdienst op. Maar zijn de Staat en de fiscus wel twee verschillende schuldeisers? De Hoge Raad heeft recentelijk bepaald dat dat niet het geval is.
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: Expanding Medicare Coverage of Telehealth Services to Combat the Opioid Crisis
The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (“the Act” or “the SUPPORT Act”), signed into law by President Trump on October 24, 2018, is intended to combat the growing opioid crisis in the United States. The Act aims at preventing opioid addiction and misuse and enhancing access to care for those who have substance use disorders.
On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed sweeping bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid epidemic. The Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, or the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (“H.R. 6” or “the Law”), aims to “reduce access to the supply of opioids by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery services.” Congress has already appropriated $8.5 billion to implement this “landmark legislation” in 2018 and 2019.
The Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) has time and again, in its directions, reports and Master Circulars, reiterated that banks should not indulge in ever-greening of its loans. RBI strongly frowns upon the practice of ever-greening of bad debts where banks so as to avoid classifying their accounts as non-performing assets (NPAs) (which requires higher provisioning and ultimately affects the profitability of banks), extend more loans to debt-ridden companies to repay their old loans with such banks, much to the detriment of the interest of the stakeholders and general public interest.