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ACA Employer Mandate Delayed until 2016 for Mid-Sized Employers

Employers with 50 to 99 full-time employees will not be subject to penalties under the Employer Mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for failing to provide health insurance coverage to employees in 2015. On Monday, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced finals rules (the “Final Rules”...

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Will Your New Gold, Silver, or Bronze Health Plan Cover Your Care if You Travel to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games?

Snowboarders flying down halfpipes. Bobsledders careening down tracks. Goalies making glove saves. Those are just a few of the spectacles to be seen at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. Despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Games, there have been numerous reports of shoddy living conditions for travelers in Sochi, Russia. Windows have ...

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Judge’s Antitrust Decision Makes Hospitals Think Twice before Acquiring Physician Practices

A federal judge recently reversed a hospital system’s acquisition of a physician practice under antitrust laws. Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for Idaho ruled that St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St. Luke’s”) and Saltzer Medical Group, P.A. (“Saltzer”) would need to unwind their ...

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Advisory Opinion 14-01: OIG Says No AKS Sanctions for Senior Communities that Compensate Referral Source

In its first Advisory Opinion of 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) found that an arrangement between a placement agency (the “Placement Agency”) and certain senior residential communities (the “Communities”) does not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS...

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ICD-10 Compliance Deadline is October 1, 2014—Philadelphia Office of CMS to Offer Webinars to Ease Transition

ICD-9 diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes will make way for ICD-10 codes starting October 1, 2014. Health care entities and providers need to be ready to make the switch if they want to receive reimbursement for claims. You can read the full post, view and subscribe to the blog by going to http://www.healthlawgurus.com.

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Health Care Technology Trends for 2014: An Interview with Joseph Coyne, President of Information Technology Services and CIO at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC

What’s the best way to provide quality patient care and reduce readmissions while lowering costs? Joseph Coyne, the President of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Continuum Health Alliance, LLC (“Continuum”), believes the answer is tapping into and interpreting data about patients and physicians thro...

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Navigating Office Romances and Avoiding Litigation

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and companies are experiencing workplace romance at its finest, which is why it is a good time to consider updating or implementing office romance policies. According to a survey conducted by Careerbuilder.com, four out of ten workers admit to having dated a colleague during their careers, and 31% of those relation...

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House GOP Leadership Signals Support for Mandatory Employment Verification and More Visas for Skilled Workers

U.S. employers should take note of the House GOP’s announcement on January 30, 2014, because it could signal a move towards mandatory participation in E-Verify and an increase in the number of visas available to foreign workers. Specifically, House leaders announced their support for stronger employment verification and workplace enforcement ...

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Rumor Has It: Employers Need To Be Wary of “No Gossip” Policies

Although most employers would agree that gossip in the workplace is detrimental to employee morale and productivity, banning it could be a risky proposition. In a recent decision, Laurus Technical Institute, NLRB ALJ, No. 10-CA-093934 (Dec. 11, 2013), a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge ruled that a non-un...

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Video Interview: Discussing Snow Day Compensation with LXBN TV

Following up on Ms. McDonough's recent blog on issues employers should be aware of with regards to snow days, particularly the compensation side of things, she was interviewed by Colin O’Keefe of LXBN on the subject. The interview highlights guidance on what employers should do to prepare for snow days, and how they should comp...

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