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CMS Clarifies Text Messaging Prohibition

USA - January 3 2018 After a confusing month of contradicting guidance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum clarifying its position

Tax Reform: Spotlight on Compensation and Benefits Provisions

USA - January 8 2018 The new tax bill (the "Act") a culmination of months of back-and-forth between the House and Senate Republicans was signed into law on December 22

Senate Passes Antitrust Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Legislation

USA - January 2 2018 On November 15, the Senate passed the "Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2017," S. 807. legislation by unanimous consent. The legislation

Congress Responds to Proposed Health Care Mergers with Calls for Hearings and New Merger-Related Legislation

USA - January 2 2018 December saw the announcement of several significant proposed mergers in the health care industry, each of which has the potential to reshape the

New Sanctions Imposed For Human Rights Abuses and Corruption - a Harbinger For Business in 2018?

USA - January 5 2018 On December 21, the U.S. Treasury Department announced the implementation of a new global sanctions regime under the Magnitsky Human Rights

Tax Law Changes Affecting Equipment Leasing Companies

USA - January 16 2018 The changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) are quite favorable to equipment leasing

New Tax Overhaul and Government Funding Measures: What's in It for Health Care?

USA - January 16 2018 In the week before Christmas, Congress approved and President Trump signed into law the final Republican tax overhaul bill. While primarily focused on

Court Upholds Procedural Validity of HHS's Outlier Reconciliation Instructions

USA - January 16 2018 On December 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the procedural validity of 2010 manual

The Battle over Medicare's Treatment of Provider Taxes May be Coming to an End

USA - January 16 2018 For much of the past decade, hospitals and CMS have battled over whether providers may claim, as Medicare reasonable costs, the full amount of

Medicare 340B Drug Payment Policy Survives Legal Challenge; Hospitals Say, It's Not Over

USA - January 16 2018 A federal court has handed CMS an initial legal victory enabling drastic cuts in Medicare Part B payment to take effect for separately payable drugs