Many physicians rely on publicly available reports to assess the safety of the devices they use on patients, but in some cases, these reports aren’t painting the full picture. A recent Kaiser Health News (“KHN”) article raises serious questions about FDA’s practice of allowing a significant number of medical device injury and malfunction reports to stay out of the public eye.
Taking the guesswork out of scheduling for wage workers is an attractive proposition for regulators. Laws that require employers to publish employee work schedules a certain amount of time in advance so that employees (especially those in the hospitality and retail industries) can have greater flexibility and work-time predictability to deal with family and other events and responsibilities are becoming more common in several cities, and the state of Oregon currently has predictive scheduling laws on the books, and the trend is growing, with proposed legislation in many jurisdictions across the country.
NJ Employers and Out-of-State Employers with NJ Residents Prepare: State Updates Website on Employer Reporting for New Jersey Health Insurance Mandate
As employers are wrapping up their reporting under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for the 2018 tax year (filings of Forms 1094-B/C and 1095-C/B with the IRS are due by April 1, 2019, if filing electronically), they should start preparing for new reporting obligations for the 2019 tax year.
The State of Utah on March 22, 2019 returned to the topic of non-competes for the third time in three years. It had passed that statute in 2016 (as we noted), and then amended in 2018 (as we also discussed here earlier), and now is at it again, by amending it once more. Maybe they are hoping that the third time’s a charm, as they say.
Julie Makowski is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. She is involved in all aspects of the firm’s corporate practice, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and general commercial matters. Ms. Makowski also assists clients in structuring and negotiating employment and non-competition agreements, purchase agreements, shareholder agreements and other general corporate matters.
Breaking Brexit: Updates on the “no deal” scenario and how it will affect your European trademark rights
Since its June 2016 vote to leave the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) has struggled to agree on terms to implement a “Brexit” from the EU. As the looming March 29, 2019, deadline for the UK’s departure approached, the EU voted last week to delay Brexit and give the UK more time to agree on an exit plan. Depending on certain decisions within UK Parliament this week, the new Brexit date will either be April 12 or May 22 of this year.
Despite recent welcome news to the home health agency (“HHA”) industry in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas following an end to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) long-standing HHA provider enrollment moratoria, CMS subsequently announced that it would place some newly enrolled HHAs in a provisional period of enhanced oversight. The purpose of the enhanced oversight period and the corresponding additional restrictions placed on certain HHAs is to help CMS address and closely monitor fraud, waste, and abuse concerns in the HHA industry, thus signaling CMS’s ongoing industry-wide scrutiny.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposes Changes to the Methodology for Calculating Medicare Advantage/Part D Civil Money Penalties
On March 15, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to its methodology for calculating Civil Money Penalties (CMPs) for Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D Prescription Drug Plan (MA and Part D) sponsors. The proposed changes would impact both the calculation methodology for 2019 as well as the CMP amounts for 2019 and beyond in an effort to increase plan accountability. CMS is accepting comments on these proposed changes until April 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET.