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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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New Rule for New York City Employers: Reasonable Workplace Accommodations Required for Pregnant Employees

The New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“NYC PWFA”), which takes effect January 30, 2014, requires New York City employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would cause an undue ha...

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Video Interview: Discussing Snow Day Compensation with LXBN TV

Following up on my recent piece here on issues employers should be aware of with regards to snow days, particularly the compensation side of things, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN on the subject. In the brief interview, I share quick guidance on what employers should do to prepare for snow days, and how they should ...

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Rumor Has It: Employers Need To Be Weary 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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