NLRB Strikes Down Hospital’s Policy Prohibiting Employee Negativity

On April 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a hospital’s “Values and Standards of Behavior” policy proscribing negativity violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).   The … Continue Reading →

Telemedicine Reimbursement Bills Advance in New York and Connecticut

Looking to join the 20 other states and the District of Columbia which already mandate such coverage, both the New York and Connecticut Legislatures are currently considering bills that would … Continue Reading →

County Government Settles Potential HIPAA Violations

Skagit County, Washington recently agreed to a $215,000 settlement, as well as agreeing to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program, with the Health and Human Services Office for Civil … Continue Reading →

NY Appellate Court Recognizes Private Right To Sue Under “Prompt Pay Law”

New York’s Prompt Pay Law (New York Insurance Law Section 3224-a), requires insurers to pay undisputed claims within 30 days after receipt of an electronic submission, or within 45 days … Continue Reading →

LIMITED TIME OFFER: GIFT BEFORE APRIL 1, 2014 NY Proposes Dramatic Change to Estate and Gift Taxes

Governor Cuomo is taking steps to alter what he calls New York’s “outdated” estate tax system.  To meet the increasing Federal estate exemption, he has proposed raising the state’s exemption … Continue Reading →

New York City Hospitals: New Reporting Requirement Effective January 21

Beginning January 21, 2014, New York City hospitals must report the admission of any adult person ages 18-29 being admitted for first-episode psychosis diagnoses.  Hospitals are required to make the … Continue Reading →

Meaningful Use Audits On the Rise

Medicare and Medicaid have increased their audits of providers who attested to “meaningful use” in order to receive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (“EHR … Continue Reading →

Year End Charitable Giving: Deduct Now; Decide Later

As the year draws to a close and you are planning your charitable gifts, you should consider a convenient way to carry out your philanthropic objectives by donating to a … Continue Reading →

OIG Issues Negative Advisory Opinion Regarding a Psychiatry Group’s Proposed Arrangement with an Anesthesia Group

On November 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted Advisory Opinion 13-15, an unfavorable opinion involving an anesthesia services provider’s proposal … Continue Reading →

IRS Announces 2014 Inflation- Adjusted Amounts for Taxes

The 2014 amounts for inflation- adjusted tax items have been issued by the IRS. Federal Exemption.  The gift and estate exclusion amount for 2014 increased from $5,250,000 to $5,340,000. Annual … Continue Reading →