Podcast: CMS and OIG Final Rules for Innovating Your Value-Based Payment Program – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services have at last published their long-awaited companion final rules advancing value-based care. The rules present significant changes to the regulatory framework of the federal physician self-referral law (commonly referred to as the “Stark Law”) and to the federal health care program’s Anti-Kickback Statute, or “AKS.”

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FAQ: California’s Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Requires Paid Time-Off for COVID-19-Related Reasons

On Friday, March 19, 2021, Governor Newsom signed a new law that provides California employees with COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (CA CSPSL) for certain employees (covered employees) who have been affected by COVID-19. The law took effect Monday, March 29, 2021 and applies retroactively to January 1, 2021. The text of the law is available here. Read more…

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Podcast: American Rescue Plan Delivers New Stimulus Funding – Diagnosing Health Care

In this episode of the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast: Epstein Becker Green attorneys Mark LutesPhilo Hall, and Timothy Murphy discuss the health-specific portions of the American Rescue Plan, including increased funding for federal oversight activities, changes to public insurance programs, and what these changes might mean for stakeholders.

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Video: DOL Electronic Notices Guidance, EEO-1 Reporting Delayed, CA COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, some practical updates on posting requirements, reporting deadlines, and new COVID-19 leave in California.

Video: YouTubeVimeo.

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Non-domestic rates, also called business rates, are taxes paid on non-domestic properties to help pay for local council services. Non-domestic rates are based on the Rateable Value of a Premises. The Rateable Value is determined by the Scottish Assessors, who are an independent body.

Each year in the budget the Scottish Government sets the tax rate along with any reliefs that may be available. Read more…

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As result of the pandemic situation caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, it was approved exceptional and temporary measures in Justice sector.

In the present Article, we proceed with a brief analysis about the temporary and exceptional legal regime of the suspension of judicial deadlines, since Law no. 1-A/2020, of March 19, until the most recent legal publication, Law no. 4-B/2021, of February 1.

Keywords: Covid-19, Suspension of Deadlines, Justice, Courts, Exceptional and Temporary measures. Read more…

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COBRA Benefit Included in American Relief Plan

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) which includes, among its many provisions, a COBRA premium assistance benefit. This provision treats an individual eligible for COBRA assistance, for purposes of any COBRA continuation provision, as having paid in full the COBRA premiums for the period April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 (the Premium Assistance Period). This relief will be available for anyone who (1) becomes COBRA eligible during the Premium Assistance Period, (2) is currently enrolled in COBRA, or (3) is within their COBRA continuation period (generally 18 months) but did not elect or previously dropped COBRA coverage. Any person who qualifies for assistance and is currently enrolled in COBRA – or did not elect COBRA but is within their COBRA continuation period – must elect COBRA coverage within 60 days of receiving notice of the extended election period from their former employer.

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Podcast: President Biden’s Use of the Defense Production Act – Diagnosing Health Care

New from the Diagnosing Health Care Podcast:  The Biden administration has invoked the Defense Production Act (“DPA”) to speed up the production of vaccines and increase the domestic production of COVID-19 tests, personal protective equipment (or “PPE”), and other essential supplies. Epstein Becker Green attorneys Neil Di SpiritoConstance Wilkinson, and Bonnie Odom discuss the administration’s reliance on the DPA as it continues to operationalize its pandemic response, and the challenges these actions are likely to present for medical product suppliers.

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Distressed retail: The new landscape

The retail sector has been badly affected by temporary covid closures. But with this coming on top of major structural changes in the sector, the damage is extreme. We have seen mass closures and the disappearance from our high streets of many well known names. Some have been rescued but often by transforming them into businesses much more orientated to online sales and with less (or no) ongoing high street units. And we fear that there is more to come, particularly for  medium sized and smaller chains as they emerge from government temporary protections against creditor actions, supported loans and the furlough scheme.

This is a threat to many but an opportunity for others.

In the articles below our experts look into a variety of topics to be borne in mind by retailers or their prospective rescuers to navigate through this new environment.

We hope you find it useful.

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OSHA Launches New COVID-19 Initiatives: With More to Come

President Biden’s January 21, 2021 Executive Order (EO) on COVID-19 tasked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to: launch a national enforcement program, review and correct any shortcomings in their prior enforcement strategies and to determine whether any Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) were necessary and, if so, to issue an ETS by March 15, 2021.  The prior Administration had not issued an ETS, and was severely criticized by the Congress and labor unions.

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